Neil Diamond to issue career spanning 50th Anniversary Collection


Capitol/UME will later this month issue a Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Collection – a three-CD set that includes 50 songs and spans 50 years…

Compiled “under the supervision of Diamond” (i.e. he send an email that read “looks good to me!”), the 50th Anniversary Collection charts the musician’s trajectory from the moment of his first hit (1966’s Solitary Man) through to material from his most recent album (The Art Of Love from 2014’s Melody Road).

The record label are even boasting of a “50-page booklet” to keep with the FIFTIETH anniversary theme, although I’m pretty sure that’s not technically possible (since the number of pages in a standard perfect bound or saddle-stitched booklet needs to be divisible by four). Diamond himself lets the side down by not doing a FIFTY date world tour (he didn’t get the memo and is playing 52 dates – tsk!). The tour kicks off in California on 7 April, incidentally, with the North American leg finishing in the same state in mid-August. Neil plays across Europe in September and October.

50th Anniversary Collection will be released on the 50th of March 2017 (not really, it’s the 31st).


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Neil Diamond

50th Anniversary



CD 1
1. Solitary Man
2. Cherry, Cherry
3. I’ve Got The Feeling (Oh No No)
4. You Got To Me
5. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
6. I’m A Believer
7. Thank The Lord For The Night Time
8. Red, Red Wine
9. Sunday Sun
10. Shilo
11. Kentucky Woman
12. Brooklyn Roads
13. Glory Road
14. Holly Holy
15. And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind
16. Sweet Caroline
17. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show

CD 2
1. Done Too Soon
2. Soolaimon
3. Cracklin’ Rosie
4. Crunchy Granola Suite
5. I Am…I Said
6. Stones
7. Morningside
8. Song Sung Blue
9. Play Me
10. Be – Recapitulation And Farewell To Fletcher
11. Skybird
12. Lonely Looking Sky
13. I’ve Been This Way Before
14. Longfellow Serenade
15. Beautiful Noise
16. Street Life
17. If You Know What I Mean

CD 3
1. Desirée – Single Version
2. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers
3. Forever In Blue Jeans
4. September Morn
5. The Story Of My Life
6. Yesterday’s Songs
7. I Believe In Happy Endings
8. Hello Again
9. Love On The Rocks (From “The Jazz Singer” Soundtrack)
10. Heartlight
11. Lady-Oh
12. Pretty Amazing Grace
13. Hell Yeah
14. We
15. The Art Of Love
16. America (From ‘The Jazz Singer’ Soundtrack)

22 responses to Neil Diamond to issue career spanning 50th Anniversary Collection

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  2. Carl says:

    At this point with so many compilations already issued by Mr. Diamond, there should have been something distinctive on this version. All that us being done is emphasizing the 50th anniversary. Very disappointing – could have included rarities, demos, live versions, etc. Unfortunately the 50th anniversary issue is “been there, done that”.

  3. Stevie B says:

    Will there be a Diamond Jubilee set released to celebrate his 60th anniversary in the music business?

  4. Colin H says:

    This is somewhere in between a best of and a box set, isn’t it? His 3CD set (long format digi) ‘In My Lifetime’ was a kind of box set and best of, but definitely edged over the line to what we understand as a full career box set with rarities and very clear artist involvement (specially recorded tracks, etc). This one is, as Paul suggests, more a case of someone compiling a list of songs and an email from Neil saying ‘Hell, yeah!’ :-) It’s easy to have a bit of fun at Neil’s expense – and I’m all for a bit of that myself – but his best songs remain brilliant, evocative pieces of work (they tend to be clumped around the early 70s, but they continue to crop up here and there up to the present day) and his live shows are joyous occasions. If you can set aside the over-emoting and visions of jump suits etc, you can buy into it and realise, hell, yeah – the fellow’s written some fabulous songs and he’s up there giving it a hundred per cent!

  5. Harry says:

    Great set! But why so cynical, Paul? #vinegar

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Just having a bit of fun…

      • Martin says:

        There is a Music-magazine in Switzerland called R*ckstar which listed 734 reasons why Neil Diamond is the greatest of them all! Reason number 4: Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman overdosing to ‘Girl you’ll be a woman soon’! I totally agree!

  6. Roel Glas says:

    No Neil!! No more compilations. There must be at least 20 cd & possibly 50 old budget vinyl comps. out there.
    What we need is your 60’s, 70’s & possibly 80’s catalogue remastered & expanded. Now that would be a treat.
    A great compilation for newbies to start with is Universal’s – “Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings…Plus! It features all his MCA studio albums & then get 1972’s Hot August Night to see how these tracks transformed into live monsters. Good Lord!!!!!!!

  7. Dan says:

    Actually, 50 pages are possible if the front face (page 1) and the rear outer (page 52) on 13 leaves of paper, are glued to 2 faces of the djgipack sleeve.

  8. baward says:

    Neil really dropped the ball on this one, he failed to record his version of ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’ (actually, that’s not a bad idea for a title for this set ;-)

  9. Mark says:

    Great to see 3 of the 4 gems from (my favourite ND album)Jonathan Livingstone Seagull included! (albeit only the prologue of Be) Just missing ‘Dear Father’….also an amazing track!

  10. Andrew M says:

    So, as someone who has no Neil Diamond in his collection, and really aught to, is this a good place to start?

  11. JJK says:

    As usual, they are not following in chronological order. Its always nice to listen to the style progression over the years. They end with “America”? That song was from the 70’s!

  12. Marco says:

    The cover make it look like a budget compilation not authorized from the singer himself…and when I think about Neil Diamond i see glitters and flakes, not blue jeans…

  13. elliott buckingham says:

    no pot smokers song a pure classic

  14. Stevie B says:

    Perhaps he can play cover versions of some songs from 50 Shades of Grey.

  15. Ben Williams says:

    Nice idea but in a world that has seen about four or five Diamond compilations in the last ten years, we really don’t need another collection.

    Not unless it was in a nice box made of actual blue jeans and came with more rarities, a live disc and/or a DVD.

  16. Roland says:

    What we need is not another Best-of, what we need ist a career spanning box-set!

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