Music / Neil Diamond

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Diamond in his 1970s heyday.

"What a beautiful noise
Coming into my room
And it's waiting for me
Just to give it a tune."
— "Beautiful Noise"

Neil Diamond (born January 24, 1941) made his debut as a Singer-Songwriter in the mid-Sixties, with such hits as "Cherry Cherry" and "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon". Diamond also had a massive hit with 1972 concert album Hot August Night. He has revived his career many times, starting with the successful soundtrack album from the failed movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The momentum that had run out by the beginning of The '80s was given new force with the song "Heartlight", which was rejected from the soundtrack of the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial but was accepted by millions of fans.

Diamond faded a bit in The '90s but still has a following.


Discography of studio albums (excluding compilations):

  • The Feel of Neil Diamond (1966)
  • Just for You (1967)
  • Velvet Gloves and Spit (1968)
  • Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show (1969)note 
  • Touching You, Touching Me (1969)
  • Tap Root Manuscript (1970)
  • Stones (1971)
  • Moods (1972)
  • Rainbow (his first Cover Album) (1973)
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack album (1973)
  • Serenade (1974)
  • Beautiful Noise (1976)
  • I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight (1977)
  • You Don't Bring Me Flowers (1978)
  • September Morn (1979)
  • The Jazz Singer soundtrack album (1980)
  • On the Way to the Sky (1981)
  • Heartlight (1982)
  • Primitive (1984)
  • Headed for the Future (1986)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1988)
  • Lovescape (1991)
  • The Christmas Album (1992)
  • Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building (his second Cover Album) (1993)
  • Tennessee Moon (1995)
  • The Movie Album: As Time Goes By (his third Cover Album) (1998)
  • Three Chord Opera (2001)
  • 12 Songs (2005)
  • Home Before Dark (2008)
  • A Cherry Cherry Christmas (2009)
  • Dreams (his fourth Cover Albumnote ) (2010)
  • Melody Road (2014)

Discography of live albums:

  • Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour (1970)
  • Hot August Night (1972)
  • Love at the Greek (1977)
  • Hot August Night II (1987)
  • Live in America (1994)
  • Stages: Performances 1970-2002 (2003)
  • Hot August Night/NYC (2009)


Tropes:

  • Christmas Songs: Despite being Jewish, Diamond has released three albums of these.
  • Concept Album: The second side of Tap Root Manuscript is a suite of African-themed songs.
  • Cover Album: As noted in the discography, he's released four of them.
  • Dead Sparks: "You Don't Bring Me Flowers", which was a hit duet between Diamond and Barbra Streisand in 1978.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: "Two Bit Manchild" contains the line "Ain't got no eye for a tight pair of shoes when my bare feet'll do."
  • Don't Think, Feel: "Don't Think, Feel", appropriately enough.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: "Red Red Wine" and "Cracklin' Rosie"
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Cracklin' Rosie" is the first of only two known songs about an inflatable sex dollnote  — and the only one to get radio play. Presumably the censors didn't understand what the lyrics (e.g. "you're a store-bought woman") were driving at.
    • "Cracklin' Rosie" was the name of a wine Native Americans that didn't have a wife drank on their reservations.
  • "I Am" Song: "I Am... I Said"
  • Imaginary Friend: "Shilo"
  • List Song: "Done Too Soon"
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "If You Know What I Mean"
    Now, here's to the songs we used to sing
    And here's to the times we used to know,
    It's hard to hold them in our arms again, but
    Hard to let them go...
    Can you hear 'em, babe?
    Can you hear 'em, babe?
    It was another time, it was another place,
    Do you remember it, babe?
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Between too low to register ("Song Sung Blue") and three ("Holly Holy", "Soolaimon").
  • Patriotic Fervor: "America"
  • Preacher Man: "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show"
  • Repurposed Pop Song: "Sweet Caroline" is well known today for its use at various sporting events (most notably Boston Red Sox home games), where it rarely fails to get the fans out of their seats and singing along.
  • Wolverine Publicity: An odd case of a popular artist using a less-well-known artist for this. There's a prominent "Produced by Robbie Robertson" credit on the cover of Beautiful Noise. Instead of helping sales, Diamond did this to help his artistic reputation, since The Band was one of the most critically acclaimed outfits of that era, so getting their guitarist/songwriter to produce his album was a big coup for Diamond.

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