You Don't Bring Me Flowers

You Don't Bring Me Flowers

by Neil Diamond


Neil Diamond -- the voice, the artist, the entertainer -- is best described through this record as a rhapsody of American pop culture during this period in the late '70s. Directly and appropriately, Diamond sings with sincerity that "the American popular song goes on." Perhaps this record best demonstrates a mission statement of creating an endearing work of music that all Americans can feel happy and satisfied with. Much of the material is uplifting, both in tempo and lyrical expression. Other songs are emotionally gripping and romantically involved. The work as a whole seems to be vintage Diamond, and does not stand out from any of his other records as unique. However, there is one duet that breaks the mold: his passionate showing with Barbra Streisand on the cover song, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," a slow, powerful, and troubling ballad for those drifting out of relationships. "Forever in Blue Jeans" is the anthem that caught on with easy pop listeners in the late '70s, and continues to be a staple song for Diamond. "Remember Me" is a gentle song of longing and memories concerning past friendships, past loves, and places traveled. The typical Diamond sound is expressed here to perfection, with the vocals of Diamond backed by a stirring and articulate orchestra. The record doesn't dive into any deep ocean of creativity, nor does it strive to meet jazzier expectations. The arrangements and the songwriting are written just well enough to appeal to the easy listening audience, and the marching percussions of Diamond's songs fit the grade. Such a well-performed song of percussion and charging tempo is the cover, "You've Got Your Troubles." Sung with passion and grace, this is Neil Diamond during his peak, and merits a listen for all late-'70s enthusiasts.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643562522
catalogNumber: 35625

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist
Barbra Streisand   Vocals
King Errisson   Percussion
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vince Charles   Percussion
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Tom Hensley   Piano,Keyboards
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Alan Lindgren   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor
Linda Press   Vocals
Reinie Press   Bass,Bass Guitar
Doug Rhone   Guitar,Background Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Dennis St. John   Drums
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer,Contributor
Roger Cook   Composer
Jack Fina   Composer
Richard Bennett   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Dash Crofts   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Roger Greenaway   Composer
Ron Hitchcock   Engineer
Judy Parker   Composer
Rick Ruggieri   Engineer
Sid Sharp   Contributor
H.L. Voelker   Contributor
Jim Seals   Composer

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