Neil Diamond returns with new album ‘Dreams’, a selection of his all time favourite songs of the rock era.
Neil interprets the songs in a very personal way and pays homage to some of the world’s greatest songs and songwriters. ‘Dreams’ includes works originally recorded by such legendary artists as The beatles, The Eagles, Randy Newman, Bill Withers, Leon Russell, Leondard Cohen and more. Also featured is a re-working of his own hit ‘I’m A Believer’.
1. Ain’t No Sunshine
3. Alone Again (Naturally)
4. Feels Like Home
5. Midnight Train To Georgia
6. I’m A Believer
7. Love Song
8. Losing You
10. A Song For You
12. Don’t Forget Me
14. Let It Be Me
Personnel: Neil Diamond (guitar); Hadley Hockensmith (guitar); Larry Klimas (flute, tenor saxophone); Robert Shulgold (flute); Don Markese (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Joseph Stone (oboe); Andrew Klein (bassoon); John Fumo (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joseph Meyer (French horn); Art Velasco (trombone, bass trombone); Alan Lindgren (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Tom Hensley (piano); King Errisson (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Bernie Becker.
Liner Note Author: Neil Diamond.
Recording information: ArchAngel Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; EastWest Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographers: Frank Ockenfels; Jesse Diamond.
Arranger: Alan Lindgren.
Neil Diamond follows up his excellent 2008 studio offering Home Before Dark with Dreams, a 14-track collection of covers by his favorite songwriters of the rock era. There are readings of two songs each by the Beatles ("Blackbird" and "Yesterday") and Randy Newman ("Feels Like Home" and "Losing You"). Also included in this set are Diamond's nuanced versions of Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me," the Eagles' "Desperado," the Everly Brothers' "Let It Be Me," Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)," Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Jim Weatherly's "Midnight Train to Georgia," Leon Russell's "Song for You," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," a new interpretation of his own "I'm a Believer" (thanks to the Monkees and their hit TV show, it was the biggest single of 1966), and more. ~ Thom Jurek
Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]e draws out the droll simplicity of Randy Newman's 'Losing You'...and turns his own 'I'm A Believer' into an invocation of teen romance experienced afresh in old age."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a pleasingly sparse set of interpretations, the singer accompanied mostly by little more than acoustic guitar or piano....The voice is still strong enough to dominate each song."
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