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Neil Diamond – Serenade (1974/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Diamond – Serenade (1974/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:51 minutes | 1,39 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Neil Diamond

One in a string of platinum and double platinum records Neil Diamond released in the 1970s, Serenade came on the heels of Jonathan Livingston Seagull and marked a return to Diamond’s more conventional pop sound. The album cracked the top five in the US as did the single Longfellow Serenade.

Neil Diamond’s first regular album release for Columbia Records, following the success of the movie soundtrack Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Serenade is a slight effort characterized by Diamond’s attempts to make pop sentiments seem more profound by grafting more auspicious art references onto them. But whether he’s name-dropping Picasso or Longfellow, Diamond still has greeting card sentiments on his mind. Nevertheless, the catchiest of these autodidactic exercises, “Longfellow Serenade,” which combines comments about “winged flight” with the exhortation, “Come on, baby, ride,” was a Top Ten hit. ~~AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

1 I’ve Been This Way Before 3:45
2 Rosemary’s Wine 2:41
3 Lady Magdelene 6:58
4 The Last Picasso 4:24
5 Longfellow Serenade 4:24
6 Yes I Will 3:40
7 Reggae Strut 3:47
8 The Gift Of Song 2:23

Neil Diamond – vocals
Richard Bennett – guitar
Emory Gordy, Jr. – bass guitar
Alan Lindgren, David Paich – keyboards
Dennis St. John – drums
Jimmie Haskell – arranger, conductor


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