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"The Greatest Hits 1966-1992"
© Columbia Records
Year of Release: 1992
I Got The Feelin'
(Oh No No)
Thank The Lord For
The Night Time
Girl You'll Be
A Woman Soon
You Got To Me
Red Red Wine
I'm A Believer
Song Sung Blue
Crunchy Granola Suite
I Am...I Said
If You Know
What I Mean
You Don't Bring
Forever In Blue Jeans
Love On The Rocks
Headed For The Future
All I Really Need
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"The Greatest Hits 1966-1992"
Neil Diamond maybe considered one of the many unsung heroes of popular music.
His songs have been famous for himself, likewise for other artists. In the
1960s, as an upcoming songwriter, Diamond had written songs popular by the likes
of Deep Purple ("Kentucky Woman") and the #1 Monkees hit, ("I'm A Believer").
Later in years, the group UB40 would remake his "Red Red Wine" and
accomplish a #1 hit record. Diamond himself has only had 3 #1's: "Cracklin'
Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," and a duet with Barbra Streisand, "You Don't
Bring Me Flowers." Arguably so, he should have had more, yet he never had
a #1 album. Today, Diamond is still recording, he had just released Three
Penny Opera, an album of new material. Columbia's The Greatest Hits
1966-1992) captures the glory of Diamond's career in a 2-Disc anthology, and
for those who enjoy Diamond's music, it's a great retrospective of songs and
memories for all. Capturing his hits from 3 record labels, Diamond began his
career with Bang Records from 1966 to 1970; Uni Records from 1969-1973, then
Columbia from 1973 to 1992.
The first 6 songs were from the Bang period, songs such as "Thank The Lord
For The Night Time," and "Cherry Cherry" will always bring back a memory
or more for those who remember them, and it's interesting to compare his version of
"Kentucky Woman" to that of Deep Purple. The Bang recordings were the originals,
as they were released as singles.
There are live tracks (of course some would argue that original versions
was from a Los Angeles 1986 concert, and he mentions at the beginning of "Red
Red Wine" (from a 1989 Dublin, Ireland concert) that his song went to #1
"Song Sung yellow" (Los Angeles, 1991), "Morningside" (Los
(For the original Uni recordings
for most of these songs, His 12 Greatest Hits is a good choice.)
The reason for the live recordings: These songs were originally recorded on
Uni Records, which MCA Records owned the rights. In 1973, Diamond changed labels
to Columbia, therefore songs released on Columbia were from their original masters.
"Be" was Diamond's first hit on Columbia, and it would begin another
great era for Diamond's career. Such favorites as "Longfellow Serenade, "September
Morn," "Forever In Blue Jeans," "Yesterday's Songs" and "Heartlight" are
all here, and are all superb. Likewise, his #1 duet (which wasn't really recorded
as a duet) "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," a song in which both Diamond and
Streisand recorded separately, and the recording as a duet was done through the
use of recording studio technology. It would be interesting to hear both songs
in their original, separate form.
"Hello Again," "America," and "Love On The Rocks" were from the
movie remake of Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer. The soundtrack was originally
released on Capitol Records, and the original Capitol recordings are included here.
The Greatest Hits 1966-1992 of Neil Diamond is a great retrospective;
it mostly concerns his Columbia recordings. Neil Diamond has been known to perform
in excellent form live, as well as in the studio. This release does that, as Neil
Diamond fans can enjoy his live performances and studio recordings, in top-shape form.
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