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20th Century Masters: The Best Of Neil Diamond (Millennium Collection)
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Neil Diamond's entry in MCA's multivolume 20th Century Masters points up the essential flaw of the whole series. While the title suggests a sort of time capsule--something truly representative of an artist's best work--tha... more »
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Neil Diamond's entry in MCA's multivolume 20th Century Masters points up the essential flaw of the whole series. While the title suggests a sort of time capsule--something truly representative of an artist's best work--that turns out to be true only to the extent that the label controls that material. Thanks to the budget-minded nature of the project, no attempts were made to include any of Diamond's great hits recorded for the Bang label, or the wildly successful adult-contemporary fare he did later for Columbia. True, there are some great hits here from the second phase of his career--"Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holy," "Song Sung Blue," and "I Am... I Said"--but the set ignores three Top 20 hits from this period, so it's less than definitive. Still, if you pair it with another greatest-hits package, Classics: The Early Years, you've got a pretty good collection of Diamond's best stuff. --Daniel Durchholz
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Owners of "Neil Diamond/His 12 Greatest Hits" - Rejoice!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you own the above album and were highly disappointed because some of the songs were live versions instead of studio versions, then this CD is for you!!! This CD has the studio versions we are used to hearing on the radio AND it's remastered. Good job, MCA :-)"
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Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 04/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you bought this and "Classics: The Early Years" you'd own practically everything you'd want from Neil Diamond. The problem is Diamond recorded for three different labels--four, if you count the three Top Ten singles released from the Capitol Records' soundtrack to "The Jazz Singer." So what you have here are his hits from the Uni years (1968-1972).It's nice to have this package include his first Uni label single, the autobiographical "Brooklyn Bridge" (No. 58) and the B-side "Crunchy Granola Suite." However, why didn't they include his two other Uni singles: 1970's "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother" (No. 20) and 1972's "Walk on Water" (No. 17)? Because of licensing restrictions you aren't going to get the early Bang-era singles or his MOR hits from Columbia, but here was a chance for MCA to get one of its 20th Century Masters releases perfect, and they blew it. That complaint aside, this is a smart (if brief) collection of Diamond's original version hits from his artistic peak. RECOMMENDED"