Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Vinyl Feature: Neil Diamond - Diamonds

As far as I can see this album was not a worldwide release and was only manufactured under licence in the Netherlands and Germany. It was released in 1974 and essentially was a Neil Diamond compilation album.

My copy was manufactured in Western Germany by TELDEC (Telefunken-Decca).

The only info I could get about it was from Discogs, and they don't give any more info than I can get off the album cover... except that it was also made in the Netherlands.

Diamonds contains almost all Neil Diamond originals except for two songs, He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother which was written by Bob Russell and Bobby Scott, and Mr. Bojangles which was written by Jerry Jeff Walker.

Neil Diamond being the flashy showman that he was back then has a flashy showman cover photo and around the back there is a close-up portrait of him doing what he does best.

Being a double album it has an opening gatefold cover, but as you can see in the photograph below it is unusual in that it features a large fold out poster reproduction of the same photo that is on the front cover. While it can't be removed from the cover I am sure every Neil Diamond fan loved it!


Side 1
Cracklin' Rosie
Free Life
Goldwater Morning
He Ain't Heavy... He's My Brother
A Modern Day Version Of Love
Honey-Drippin' Times

Side 2
Sunday Sun
Practically Newborn
Long Gone
Glory Road
Deep In The Morning
If I Never Knew Your Name

Side 3
Sweet Caroline
Mr. Bojangles
Ain't No Way
Holly Holy
Cherry Cherry
Kentucky Woman

Side 4
Song Sung Blue
High Rolling Man
Play Me
Gitchy Goomy
Walk On Water
Prelude In E Major

My copy came from Larssons Lager in Landskrona for the usual 5 kr. and looks like it was hardly played, with the vinyl in near mint condition. The cover certainly shows signs of normal wear, but isn't actually damaged in any way.

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