“The Feel Of Neil Diamond” by Neil Diamond - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1966Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

In early 1966 Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich discovered a talented young singer-songwriter named Neil Diamond and brought him to the attention of Bert Berns, one of the principals of Bang Records. By the time of this debut LP in October, “Cherry Cherry” was in the Billboard Top 10. There are seven originals on Neil’s debut – all the best ones are his. His first three big American hits are here - “Solitary Man” (#55), “Cherry, Cherry” (#6) and “Oh No No” (#16). The covers, almost certainly included for marketing viability, include “Red Rubber Ball” (The Seekers, 1966), “La Bamba” (Ritchie Valens, 1958), “Hanky Panky” (The Summits, 1963), “Monday, Monday” (The Mama’s and The Papa’s, 1966) and “New Orleans” (Gary U.S. Bonds, 1960). This is very much Neil Diamond as pop artist – complete with handclaps and boy-girl backing vocals from the recently divorced couple Barry and Greenwich, who remained strong as the pop production dream team of choice for a few years to come…

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A1 [02:33] 6.2.png Neil Diamond - Solitary Man (Neil Diamond) Cerebral Pop
A2 [02:17] 4.6.png Neil Diamond - Red Rubber Ball (Bruce Woodley, Paul Simon) Pop
A3 [02:07] 4.4.png Neil Diamond - La Bamba (Traditional, Richard Valenzuela) Pop
A4 [01:49] 5.4.png Neil Diamond - Do It (Neil Diamond) Pop
A5 [02:45] 3.5.png Neil Diamond - Hanky Panky (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) Pop
A6 [02:58] 4.9.png Neil Diamond - Monday, Monday (John Phillips) Cerebral Pop
B1 [02:22] 4.2.png Neil Diamond - New Orleans (Frank Guida, Joseph Royster) Pop
B2 [02:15] 4.8.png Neil Diamond - Someday Baby (Neil Diamond) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B3 [02:09] 5.3.png Neil Diamond - I Got The Feelin’, Oh No, No (Neil Diamond) Cerebral Pop
B4 [02:58] 7.9.png Neil Diamond - I’ll Come Running (Neil Diamond) Pop
B5 [02:16] 4.2.png Neil Diamond - Love To Love (Neil Diamond) Pop
B6 [02:38] 4.4.png Neil Diamond - Cherry, Cherry (Neil Diamond) Pop

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