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Listeners may be surprised to discover that the album doesn't rely heavily on filler, all of the songs on par with the two title numbers (the AM radio staples "Sweet Caroline" and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"). A few numbers (notably "Juliet" and "Deep in the Morning") arguably stick in the mind longer than the overplayed, three-chord title tracks.
If "Sweet Caroline/Brother Love's" falls through or wears thin with repetition, it only happens when one considers the fascinating, eclectic, groundbreaking musical experimentation that began to emerge in 1969. Instrumentally, this album could never stand up, for instance, to "Abbey Road" or "Tommy" -- it isn't as sophisticated. It's more lighthearted, more breezy and fleeting. But Diamond perfectly captures an idiosyncratic, late sixties, middle American flavor so much more clearly than his rock contemporaries (just as Sergio Mendes does, in a much different way) -- that he establishes a more genuine sound and a more believable record of how it felt to come-of-age in 1969-1970.
Highly recommended for Diamond fans, and those interested in the late sixties and/or the late Brill Building period.
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My daughters name is Caroline. Used to make CD of slide picturesPublished 12 months ago by Clancyslady
Great album! Really shows what a great songwriter Neil Diamond is.Published 15 months ago by Charles Zmijewski Jr.
What I really wanted was a solo version of "Sweet Caroline"; what I received was a total of 13 songs; with "Sweet
Caroline" being the thirteenth! Read more
As a great Neil Diamond Fan another must to have.
Sweet Caroline is really "The Song" from ND.
CD has a good Quality.