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Neil Diamond – Up On The Roof: Songs From The Brill Building (1993/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Diamond – Up On The Roof: Songs From The Brill Building (1993/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:57 minutes | 2,45 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Universal Music

This is Diamond’s equivalent of, say, one of Barbra Streisand’s Broadway albums. Come to think of it, it’s Broadway that Diamond is returning to as well; specifically, the corner of 49th Street, where he and many others turned out songs for music publishers. Some of these songs were written there; most were only in the spirit of that modern Tin Pan Alley. Handling the work of his then-rivals, such as “Spanish Harlem,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” and “River Deep – Mountain High,” Diamond adopts his usual hammy style (he always sounds like he thinks he’s a much better singer than he is). Peter Asher patented a neo-’60s production style in crafting oldies for Linda Ronstadt in the ’70s, and he does the same thing here, which is only to say that the album is not as overproduced as some of Diamond’s recent albums, not that Asher’s versions are any competition to Phil Spector’s originals. Actually, this record sounds exactly like you would expect it to: just call to mind a familiar song like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and imagine what it would sound like if Neil Diamond sang it. While this is clearly a holding action from the point of view of Diamond’s recording career, fans can decide for themselves whether it’s valid and, perhaps more problematic, necessary. You pays your money…

01. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ [feat. Dolly Parton]
02. Up On The Roof
03. Love Potion Number Nine
04. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
05. Don’t Be Cruel
06. Do Wah Diddy Diddy [feat. Mary’s Danish]
07. I (Who Have Nothing)
08. Do You Know The Way To San Jose?
09. Don’t Make Me Over
10. River Deep-Mountain High
11. A Groovy Kind Of Love
12. Spanish Harlem
13. Sweets For My Sweet
14. Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen
15. Ten Lonely Guys
16. Save The Last Dance For Me


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