All-Time Greatest Hits Neil Diamond

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Album-Release:
2014

HRA-Release:
09.12.2016

Label: Universal Music / Motown

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Pop Rock

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  • 1Cracklin' Rosie02:58
  • 2Forever In Blue Jeans03:25
  • 3Song Sung Blue03:06
  • 4Sweet Caroline03:20
  • 5Holly Holy04:40
  • 6Red Red Wine02:39
  • 7Hello Again (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)04:01
  • 8Beautiful Noise03:11
  • 9America (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)04:18
  • 10September Morn03:53
  • 11Love On The Rocks (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)03:36
  • 12Shilo03:23
  • 13You Don't Bring Me Flowers03:10
  • 14Morningside04:21
  • 15Soolaimon04:31
  • 16Play Me03:51
  • 17Kentucky Woman02:26
  • 18Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon03:00
  • 19Solitary Man02:33
  • 20I'm A Believer02:42
  • 21Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show03:29
  • 22Cherry, Cherry02:42
  • 23I Am...I Said03:36
  • Total Runtime01:18:51

Info for All-Time Greatest Hits



Neil Diamond, one of the world's premier recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter signed a long-term recording agreement with UMG through Capitol Records this year. This historic contract unites Diamond's complete Columbia, Uni/MCA and Bang catalogues of recorded music for the first time, encompassing the artist's entire body of work, with his earliest recordings through to the present day. The agreement also returns the artist to Universal Music where he achieved numerous hit singles and albums with the company's labels in the late-1960s and early 1970s.

Neil Diamond, a Grammy winner, Kennedy Center Honouree and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – has sold more than 128 million records worldwide, and garnered an astounding 72 Multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold album certifications in the United States alone. Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has charted 37 Top 10 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. His most recent studio releases, 2008's Home Before Dark debuted at #1 in the U.S. and UK, and 2010's Dreams, a collection of Diamond's favourite songs by other composers from the rock era, debuted in the Top Ten and was highly critically acclaimed.

To commemorate this historical feat, Universal Music are releasing a comprehensive 'Greatest Hits' album.

„All-Time Greatest Hits was released on Capitol Records, a label Neil Diamond never recorded for, but Universal -- who owned the recordings Diamond made for both Uni and MCA -- selected this as the imprint for 2014's All-Time Greatest Hits, a generous collection of 23 hits from the '60s and '70s. A consistent bugaboo with Diamond compilations has been licensing, but this one does a very nice job of sampling from all of Neil's major labels, including Bang, Uni, MCA, and Columbia. The late-'70s hits -- "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Beautiful Noise," "America" -- are scattered throughout the compilation; the Uni/MCA sides ("Cracklin' Rosie," "Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holy," "Shilo," "Play Me") are the anchor of the comp, and the Bang singles are grouped together toward the end. True, the collection might've been better served if it was sequenced chronologically, but this has the vast majority of the big hits on a single disc, and that's been hard to find in Diamond's catalog.“ (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

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Neil Diamond
For Neil Diamond, it’s always started with a song. Over the course of his astonishing career, Neil has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide. He’s charted 56 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including 12 top 10 hits, and has released 16 Top 10 albums. He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 2011, he was honored by the Kennedy Center for his lifetime of contributions to American culture. Neil has been nominated for three Golden Globes, 13 Grammys, and was named NARAS’ MusiCares Person of the Year in 2009. His 2008 album, Home Before Dark, debuted in the US and UK at #1, and his songs have been covered by artists ranging from Elvis Presley to Andrea Boccelli. But he never would have reached the world, from sold-out concerts to seventh-inning stretches, without his love for songwriting.

In June, after more than forty years as a Columbia recording artist, Neil signed with Capitol Records and moved his back catalogue to Universal, Capitol’s parent company. He has history with both: his earliest hits were on Bang, a Universal imprint, and Capitol released the multi-platinum soundtrack for The Jazz Singerin 1980, which earned Neil three Top 10 singles. Melody Road, his first new original studio album since Home Before Dark, is Neil’s debut as a Capitol artist, and while it represents a new chapter for him, it also reconnects him with his past.

Neil describes Melody Road as a homecoming. It brings him back to the start of his musical journey and the early influence of artists like the Weavers and Woody Guthrie. The songs on the album reflect his lifelong love of folk music. The vocals were recorded live, in much the same way they would have been if the album had been created decades ago, and while the instrumentation is lush, the arrangements are traditional. Like the best folk songs, each of the album’s tracks tells a story, most pointedly on “Seongah and Jimmy,” a song about Neil’s American brother-in-law and Korean sister-in-law, who met and fell in love before they had learned to speak each other’s languages. Despite the specificity of the song, it addresses a universal theme. Melody Road is largely autobiographical, but the stories Neil tells are not his alone.

Neil began working on Melody Road with several new songs, as well as a few that he’d struggled to complete for more than ten years. He couldn’t find the motivation, or the willingness to address the subject matter that initially inspired them, or – in Neil’s words – they weren’t yet ready to be born. With an emotional assist from his wife Katie, he completed those tracks. By the time he was ready to record he had an album’s worth of songs ready to go. The record unfolds story by story, and song by song – the final sequence is exactly the same as the order of Neil’s original demos for the album.

Co-Produced by Don Was (who’s worked with Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones) and Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2), Melody Road was made with a masterful group of musicians, including pedal steel player Greg Liesz, keyboardist Benmont Tench, guitarist Smoky Hormel, and vocalists the Waters Family. Built on guitars, it’s true to the origin of folk, but it’s not defined by it; it was recorded with keyboards, flutes, horns, and, on “Seongah and Jimmy,” “The Art of Love,” and “Nothing But A Heartache,” a full string section. Yet, for all of its expansiveness and rich production, Melody Road is ultimately all about the songs. Neil’s come full circle. He’s brought five decades of extraordinary craftsmanship with him, but he’s returned to where he started, propelled by the simple joy of translating life into song.

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