Review: “The Very Best of Neil Diamond,” by Neil Diamond
This greatest hits collection is Neil Diamond’s 37th since bursting onto the scene in 1966. You heard me, 37th. How many times can you release “Sweet Caroline?” Apparently, at least 37 times. So this begs the question…do we really need The Very Best of Neil Diamond? The answer is a definitive yes!
I remember back in 1992 buying “The Greatest Hits: 1966-1992” and being extremely disappointed because it included awful live versions done in the 80s and early 90s including a version of “Red Red Wine” where Diamond actually says “UB40 We’re Number One.” Dreadful. This remastered collection sounds terrific and is the first to include the original recordings of tunes like “I Am I Said,” “Forever In Blue Jeans,” “America,” “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” and mono versions of “Solitary Man,” “I’m A Believer” (yes, he wrote that one), “Shilo,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Cherry Cherry,” and “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” just to mention a few. As Diamond told “The Today Show,” it’s the first time in his career that all of his record companies joined forces and put together one collection of original recordings. Bravo!!
Whether you think Neil Diamond is a music icon or the king of schmaltz, one things is for sure, he is one of the great pop songwriters of the rock era and The Very Best of Neil Diamond proves that with every track.
“I’m A Believer” by Neil Diamond
“Kentucky Woman” by Neil Diamond