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The Neil Diamond Collection Original recording remastered

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This first-ever extensive collection of Neil's best Uni and MCA material contains 18 songs-17 of 'em hits! Includes the Top 10 smashes Cracklin' Rosie; Song Sung Blue; Sweet Caroline; I Am I Said , and Holly Holy , plus Play Me; Stones; He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother; Walk on Water; Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show; Shilo , and more from Neil's late-'60s/early-'70s prime.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sweet Caroline
  2. Cracklin' Rosie
  3. Sung Sung Blue
  4. Play Me
  5. Brooklyn Roads
  6. Shilo
  7. Crunchy Granola Suite
  8. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind
  9. Holly Holy
  10. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
  11. Stones
  12. Soolaimon
  13. Walk On Water
  14. Cherry, Cherry (Live)
  15. I Am... I Said
  16. Done Too Soon
  17. Morningside
  18. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000030029
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Neil Diamond's music since the mid-Sixties when he first released a string of pop hits beginning with "Cherry, Cherry" on the Bang label in 1966. [I strongly recommend his "Classics: The Early Years" which generously covers the Bang years.] However, I've never been a HUGE fan of Diamond's music (ie., I enjoy his singles, but have never felt compelled to buy his albums). So when "His 12 Greatest Hits" came out in 1974, I bought it. When "His 12 Greatest Hits, vol. 2" came out in 1982, I bought it. When "Classics: The Eary Years" came out in 1983, I bought it. When "Glory Road" came out in 1992, I bought it. "Glory Road" made "His 12 Greatest Hits" unnecessary; so now with three CDs I owned all of Neil's hits.
Now, along comes "The Neil Diamond Collection" (less than a year after the now pointless 20th Century Masters collection). Despite the fact that Diamond seems to be competing with The Who as the most anthologized artist on the planet, this latest collection of Diamond's Uni/MCA material is the definitive disc for neophyte Diamond fans. Sure, "Glory Road" covers all these songs, but if you're only looking for the hits this (cheaper) single-disc collection has them all. It not only has classics like "Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holy," "Cracklin' Rose" and "Song Sung Blue," it also includes minor hits like "Walk on Water," "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "Done Too Soon" (which are not included on the 20th Century Masters release).
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While Neil has written and recorded a wealth of outstanding material throughout his career, his albums have tended to be a bit uneven. Perhaps that's why there are so many Neil Diamond compilation albums on the shelf these days. This collection culls the best selections from his late 60s and early 70s UNI/MCA albums. In fact, this set is essentially an expanded version of the now out-of-print His 12 Greatest Hits. And while that album supplanted the studio versions of Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy with strong live versions from Hot August Night, this collection restores the original studio recordings. Hot August Night, Neil's last MCA album before leaving for Columbia, is represented with the stellar live version of Cherry, Cherry. But as good as that version is, I would have dropped it (along with the cover of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother) for Cold Water Morning, Glory Road and Two-Bit Manchild. That's a minor quibble though, as this set does contain all of the essential recordings from the period in breathtakingly pristine sound quality.

Several reviewers have complained about the lack of certain songs (Heartlight, Kentucky Woman, Thank the Lord for the Night Time, etc.). For the record, this is a compilation of Neil's best work from his UNI/MCA recording era (1968-1972). The early singles (Thank the Lord for the Night Time, Kentucky Woman, Solitary Man and the original studio version of Cherry, Cherry) were recorded for Bang Records in 1966 and 1967. The best collection of the early Bang Records material is Classics: The Early Years. America and Love on the Rocks were recorded for Capitol while most later era songs like September Morn, If You Know What I Mean and Heartlight were recorded for Columbia (beginning with the Jonathan Livingston Seagull album in 1973).
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This just might be the best collection of his, depending on what you want. This is 18 tracks of original excellent "Neil Diamond". It's much better than his "12 Greatest Hits", and way better than "The Millennium Collection". However, only so much fits on one cd, and this is missing alot. There's also the 2-disc "Greatest Hits 1966-1992", and the 2-disc "Essential Neil Diamond", but both of those have numerous live versions of songs, some not so good, and obviously they cost more. Both are great if you don't mind 1/3 live songs. Overall, I would go with this. It's one cd, with only one live song, and the rest are the original classics. Too bad it doesn't have "Heartlight" though.
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By A Customer on August 4, 2001
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Anyone who loves listening to Neil Diamond sing will love this CD. All his greatest hits (before the Jazz Singer) are on this CD -- "Sweet Caroline", "Cracklin Rosie", "Song Sung Blue", "Play Me", "Shilo", "Holly Holy", "I Am...I Said", and more! You couldn't find a better CD of Neil Diamond songs!
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THIS ALBUM IS NEIL DIAMOND AT HIS BEST. I RECENTLY WENT TO A NEIL DIAMOND CONCERT WHERE HE SUNG MANY OF HIS OLDER SONGS, AND THAT IS WHAT HE HAS GIVEN US IN THIS ALBUM. IT IS AN ALBUM THAT I CAN ENJOY LISTENING TO OVER AND OVER. IF YOU ARE A NEIL DIAMOND FAN, THIS CD IS A MUST.
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By krystal on February 26, 2001
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This is my absolute favorite, I can not go a day with out hearing this CD. Mr. Diamond represents in his songs the sentiment and longing that we all look for in our future mates. An excellent,excellent album from an exceptional singer/songwriter.
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