You Don't Bring Me Flowers

You Don't Bring Me Flowers

by Neil Diamond

Overview

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: 11/24/2014
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602537832521
catalogNumber: 002079002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist
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,Conductor,Keyboards
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Alan Lindgren   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor
Linda Press   Vocals
Reinie Press   Bass
Doug Rhone   Guitar,Background Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters   Background Vocals
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Dennis St. John   Drums
H.L. Voelker   Background Vocals
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Gaudio   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Tom Hensley   Orchestral Arrangements
Ron Hitchcock   Engineer
Alan Lindgren   Orchestral Arrangements
Rick Ruggieri   Engineer
David Kirschner   Art Direction

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