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Neil Diamond Dreams

Neil covers classic tunes well.

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Neil Diamond covers classic songs well.

  • Nov 2, 2010
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Neil Diamond sings classic tunes on this disc. He gives each song an unique musical arrangement. My favorite track is "Alone Again Naturally". Neil captures the beauty of the song vocally, but he also captures the sad tone of the song well with his acoustic guitar playing. My other favorite song is "A Song For You". Neil's cover of this song is special. What makes this song shine for me is the beautiful saxophone playing by a musician by the name of Don Markese. "I'm A Believer" is typically an upbeat pop song. Neil slows down the tempo and makes it a tender love song. "Aint No Sunshine" is another gem here. Bennmont Tench compliments Neil superbly by playing the piano. His piano playing gives this track an emotional lift. Blackbird is another surprise here. This song is usually not one of my all time favorite tunes, but the fiddle playing by Gabriel Witcher makes this a fun track for me. Neil creates the spirit of wistful longing with the classic tune "Midnight Train To Georgia". I have never heard this song with a harmonica playing on it, but I like it. Tommy Morgan does a good job playing it on the song. "Hallelujah" is a song that sounds very uplifting. There are a few songs that I have never heard of. I do not know the songs "Losing You" or "Love Song". These songs sound okay to me, but they just aren't my favorites. "Don't Forget Me" is another new song for me It sounds like a very peaceful song. I love the flute playing on this song. I enjoyed listening to the music on this disc overall. I grew up listening to most of these songs. A lot of middle age listeners should love this disc. Neil changes the arrangements creatively.   He treats these songs with a reverence that I enjoy listening to.

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November 02, 2010
Good review. This album intrigues me and I have been toying with the idea of picking it up. Glad you enjoyed it. Maybe for the right price I would grab a copy. You have whetted my appetite.
 
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On Dreams, Neil Diamond performs a selection of his all time favorite songs of the rock era. Neil pays homage to some of the world's greatest songs and songwriters. Dreams includes works originally recorded by such legendary artists as The Beatles, The Eagles, Randy Newman, Bill Withers, Leon Russell, Leonard Cohen and more. On Dreams, Neil interprets the songs in a very personal way.

Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 Million albums worldwide, with his last studio album Home Before Dark debuting at # 1 in the US and abroad. His most current release, Hot August Night NYC DVD, is already certified double platinum. Neil has a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles, plus a Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, and Neil was named 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.
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Label: Columbia
Genre: Pop
Release Date: November 2, 2010

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