The Essential Neil Diamond (2CD)

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Columbia Records' series of two-disc, limited-edition Essential compilations of its major long-term stars -- Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, etc. -- has generally been a winner, so it is a shame to have to report that the Neil Diamond number is not. True, most of the singer/songwriter's best and most popular songs are included, but there are also significant omissions and enough inessential material to prevent this from being the sort of definitive collection it could and should have been. For once, the basic problem in assembling a Diamond best-of has been overcome, since Columbia has licensed the five Top Ten hits he scored for Uni Records in the late '60s and early '70s from Universal. Meanwhile, Columbia parent Sony controls the Bang Records catalog for which Diamond recorded from 1966 to 1968, and he has been signed to Columbia since 1973, so that puts his biggest hits at the compilers' disposal. But those compilers, Diamond himself and Al Quaglieri, have chosen oddly, shortchanging the Columbia material in favor of using more Bang recordings (nine) than necessary and employing ten live recordings, six of them newly made, nine of them songs from the Uni era, including versions of obscure album tracks like "Captain Sunshine." That leaves space for only 14 Columbia studio recordings from 1973-2001, and though most of them were chart singles, fans will miss the Top Five hit "Longfellow Serenade," while "I've Been This Way Before," another track from the Serenade album that barely made the Top 40, is included. This is the kind of idiosyncratic selection typical of a collection chosen by the artist himself, in this case one who is more interested in his new interpretations of half-forgotten songs from 30 years earlier than what a more objective observer might consider the "essential" recordings of his career. ~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide

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Artist: Neil Diamond
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 2
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.24
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.91 x 5.66
Walmart No.: 69699856812
UPC: 0069699856812
1. Solitary Man
2. Cherry Cherry
3. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No No)
4. Kentucky Woman
5. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
6. You Got To Me
7. Red Red Wine (Live)
8. Thank The Lord For The Night Time
9. I'm A Believer
10. Sweet Caroline
11. Song Sung Blue
12. Holly Holy
13. I Am...I Said
14. Cracklin' Rosie
15. Play Me (Live)
16. Morningside (Live)
17. Crunchy Granola Suite (Live)
18. Brooklyn Roads (Live)
19. Soolaimon (Live)
20. America
21. Hello Again
22. Love On The Rocks
23. Captain Sunshine (Live)
24. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother (Live)
25. Medley: Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene (Live)
26. Shilo (Live)
27. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (Live)
28. If You Know What I Mean
29. Beautiful Noise
30. You Don't Bring Me Flowers
31. Desiree
32. Forever In Blue Jeans
33. September Morn
34. I've Been This Way Before
35. Yesterday's Songs
36. Heartlight
37. Headed For The Future
38. You Are The Best Part Of Me

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Customer review by kittiesmommy

5.0 stars by kittiesmommy

I have been a Neil Diamond fan forever and this CD covers all of his best. If you are a Neil Diamond fan I highly recommend adding this CD to your collection.

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A great treat for golden age music

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This product contains great songs and the price is right. Many guests have enjoyed these sounds, which bring back memories of past great summer nights and sounds.

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excellent-good quality

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i am very happy i bought it

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