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Sweet Caroline

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MCA Special Products' Sweet Caroline contains a good cross-section of hits and album tracks from Neil Diamond. On the whole, it might be a little short on hits -- ''Cracklin' Rosie,'' ''Thank the Lord for the Nighttime,'' and ''Sweet Caroline'' provide a quarter of the disc's songs -- but the quality of the remaining eight tracks is quite high, making this a nice sampler for casual fans on a budget who want to dig a little deeper than the big hits. Originally Released:1978 Genre:Pop, Rock Style:Country Rock, Vocal, Ballad Tracklist . A1 Cracklin' Rosie A2 New York Boy A3 Sunday Sun A4 And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind A5 Free Life A6 Thank The Lord For The Night Time B1 Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good) B2 Mr. Bojangles B3 Merry-Go-Round B4 Chelsea Morning B5 Honey-Drippin' Times B6 Juliet

Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music For Pleasure
  • ASIN: B004ZQRF4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This isn't a tremendous or exceptional album-- but it manages to be consistently enjoyable and fun. The simplicity of the songs, both thematically (new love, wandering throughout the country, revival preaching), and instrumentally (classical guitar, drums, faint strings, moog) blend perfectly with Neil's deep, raspy, impassioned voice. Throughout, the album clearly showcases the early Diamond's inborn talent for song composition.
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 husband and I were huge fans of Neil Diamond. I purchased every album he did. My husband died recently and I'm replacing the albums with CD's and enjoying them along with memories of joy in listening to Neil Diamond's music from years past.
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Where it began for Neil Diamond...the Brill Building, Bang Records, then leading up to the Uni years, beginning with "Velvet Gloves And Spit". Next in line is "Sweet Caroline/Brother Love's". Each and every song here was written by Neil, and all of them are favorites! The best here are probably "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show", "Dig In", "Long Gone", "And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind", "Glory Road", "Deep In The Morning", "If I Never Knew Your Name", "Memphis Streets" and "Sweet Caroline". If you're a Neil Diamond fan, or just an incurable romantic, this CD is for you. Don't delay, buy it today!
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No "live" takes, so his voice sounded better than on his "live" takes. Includes Glory Road, perhaps my favorite early-Neil song, with him striking out post-Johnathan Livingston Seagull.
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Having tried to see Neil Diamond in concert every time he has been here since we moved here tells you how much I love Neil. His songs are sensative to women. I love his CD. I am just sad that at his age it's obvious he will never come to the Seattle area again.
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Sweet Caroline and Brother Love's..... are the big ones here, but there are some interesting tunes here that can also be hit singles: And the Grass Don't Pay No Mind is a classic. After the Bang years but before the Columbia years, ND was a great songsmith.
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I love Neil Diamond..his music has been part of my life and heart since I was a little girl..I am 45 now..and am overjoyed that I will get to see him in concert in Dallas for the 1st time in my life on Oct. 16th. I have had this album (and now CD) basically all of my life. It has followed my through all of my destinations..but stayed close to my heart. Nothing fancy here..just pure beginnings of the most soul-filled artist of our time. I'm not a big fan of "greatest hits" compilations..I'd rather have an artist's "whole picture" vs. just the big sellers..this album is a gem. Don't hesitate...it's awesome.
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I love everything that Neil Diamond has done, so I was not disappointed in the least. I gifted one and ordered one for myself.
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