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Touching You, Touching Me Neil Diamond CD review
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 02/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Touching You, Touching Me is a very good, affordably priced CD with many "covers" performed by the awesome Neil Diamond. Neil's been around for decades and his talent is clearly the reason why. Neil can take a song and breathe new life into it in a way that very few other contemporary artists can; and he tackles many different types of songs which proves his versatility.
"Everybody's Talkin'," a song written by Fred Neill, starts the CD off with Neil Diamond doing a somewhat country variation on this ballad; Neil's excellent sense of timing and his fine diction bolster his performance very well and "Everybody's Talkin'" makes a strong start for this album. "Mr. Bojangles" is a song by Jerry Jeff Walker that many artists loved to sing and still love to sing; but when Neil does it he places his own stamp on this tune with his voice that is able to convey every emotion under the sun. "Mr. Bojangles" is clearly a major highlight of this album.
"Smokey Lady" has Neil rockin' hard and this works well for this tune; the electric guitar and the keyboard work fit in so well with Neil's vocals. What a great song for Neil to perform! Listen also for "Holly Holy;" I have always associated this song with Neil Diamond and the backup chorus is absolutely wonderful. "Holly Holy" is easily another huge highlight of this CD and I could never tire of hearing Neil perform this outstanding tune.
"And The Singer Sings His Song" sports some excellent guitar work as Neil sings this with all his heart and soul; and I really like "Ain't No Way." "Ain't No Way" has that great Neil Diamond sound and the backup singers harmonize to perfection--and beyond! "New York Boy" is a very pretty tune with a catchy melody and the CD ends well with Neil Diamond performing "Until It's Time For You To Go" written by Buffy Sainte-Marie. "Until It's Time For You To Go" is a most tender bittersweet love song that always touches me when I hear it; and it leaves me wanting more--which is a good sign that this album is a good one.
Overall, Neil Diamond can do just about any type of song he wants to do and make it come off as a masterpiece; this CD proves it. It's too bad that this CD couldn't have offered us a couple more songs, but then again it's well worth the comparatively low price of admission. Neil Diamond fans will like this. I suppose it's also a good CD for people just starting to know Neil Diamond if they want to begin with a budget priced CD.