One of the most successful adult contemporary artists in the history of the Billboard chart.
“I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight” is the eleventh studio album by Neil Diamond, released on Columbia Records in 1977. It includes a solo version of the song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”. Diamond would score a #1 hit with a new version recorded as a duet with Barbra Streisand the following year. (more…)
One in a string of platinum and double platinum records Neil Diamond released in the 1970s, Serenade came on the heels of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and marked a return to Diamond’s more conventional pop sound. The album cracked the top five in the US as did the single Longfellow Serenade.
The Bang Years 1966-1968 23 Original Mono Recordings is an anthology of music from Neil Diamond’s career in the mid-60s. It features hits like “Cherry, Cherry,” “I’m a Believer,” “Red, Red Wine” & more.
Great live albums are rare and wondrous things. In fact, capturing a performer at the height of his creative powers for a live album is so unusual that, when it does happen, it becomes a phenomenon. Neil Diamond and his 1972 Hot August Night album was just such an event. Though he had enjoyed tremendous hits prior to the album, Diamond shot to the top of acclaimed and respected performers with one of the finest live albums of the ‘70s, the double live, double platinum Hot August Night.
Moods is the eighth studio album by Neil Diamond, released by Uni Records in 1972. It contained the second of his #1 songs, “Song Sung Blue”, and was something of a follow-up in style to the highly experimental Tap Root Manuscript.
Billboard praised Moods highly, saying it contained “brilliant, diversified material.” This album, and its follow-up live album Hot August Night, are generally acknowledged to be the two most important recording projects of Diamond’s career in terms of defining his signature sound for the future. Within the music industry and among music professionals this is considered one of Diamond’s better and more creative recordings. It received a Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year for 1972. Song Sung Blue was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Lee Holdridge was the arranger and conductor of the orchestra.
12 Songs is the twenty-sixth studio album by Neil Diamond, released in 2005. It was his first album of all-original, all-new material since 2001’s Three Chord Opera. It was produced by Rick Rubin and is often erroneously cited as the first Diamond album since the Bang Records era to feature the artist playing acoustic guitar; in truth he played guitar on his Uni/MCA output and his Columbia output, possibly uncredited on most, if not all, albums.
The fourth Christmas album from celebrated singer songwriter Neil Diamond coming October 28th. This will be his first acoustic Christmas album. Featuring a mélange of secular and religious classics including two brand new original tracks. Diamond has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. He is the second most successful adult contemporary artist ever on the Billboard charts.
Touching You, Touching Me is the name of Neil Diamond’s fifth album. It was the first one since 1966 to feature renditions of other people’s material as well as his own. It included a major hit that had already charted, “Holly Holy” (#6), and a minor one, “Until It’s Time for You to Go” (#53). The album itself reached #30 on the Billboard album chart and was certified gold. Lee Holdridge was the arranger and conductor.
Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show is the name of Neil Diamond’s fourth studio album, released in 1969. Four months after the title cut became a #22 hit, Diamond recorded and released a new single, “Sweet Caroline”, which reached #4. Because of its popularity, this song was added to the end of later pressings of the album, which was also given a new sleeve with the album shown as Sweet Caroline/Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show although the title was still written as Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show on the label.
Stones is the seventh studio album by Neil Diamond, recorded and released in 1971. It was one of the biggest hit recordings of his career. The conductors and arrangers were Lee Holdridge, Marty Paich and Larry Muhoberac. Early copies of the LP album featured a picture label and a unique version of the cover with a button-string style closure on the back. The cover itself was styled as an envelope that opened from the top. This was later abandoned and replaced with a standard side-opening sleeve.