NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ Columbia Records) - Five decades into his career, Neil Diamond
has finally made the album of his dreams. On Tuesday, November 2, Columbia Records will release Dreams, a new 14-song collection of the legendary singer/songwriter's interpretations of his favorite songs of other composers from the rock era.
"You never know how long you've got and a lot of these songs have been waiting for me to record them for 40 years," says the soon-to-be-70-year-old musical legend.
Known primarily as a quintessential songwriter and record-breaking stage performer, Diamond showcases his distinctive skills as a singer on Dreams.
The album includes music that deeply influenced Diamond as a young man growing up in Brooklyn, starting with "Let It Be Me," popularized by the Everly Brothers in 1960. The listener gets to time travel with Neil as he beautifully renders The Beatles' stunning and spare "Blackbird" and the mournful "Yesterday," Leon Russell's underrated classic "A Song for You," Gilbert O'Sullivan's heart-stopping "Alone Again (Naturally)," Bill Withers soulful "Ain't No Sunshine" and other well-known classics from the '60s and '70s.
Diamond also tackles hidden gems from his musical contemporaries including "Don't Forget Me," from the late Harry Nilsson, and the Randy Newman compositions, "Feels Like Home" and the poignant "Losing You."
Diamond gets down to the basics on this album, accompanied by a single guitar for Glenn Frey and Don Henley's cautionary "Desperado" and a breathtaking performance of Leonard Cohen's celebrated "Hallelujah."
Diamond even includes a never-before-heard reinterpretation of his own evergreen, "I'm a Believer," the biggest selling record of 1966 and a massive hit for The Monkees in a year when The Beatles dominated the airwaves.
"Neil is performing others' songs he's always loved and in doing so it shows us why his instantly recognizable voice has made him one of rock and pop music's most consistently vital and beloved artists," says Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "His song choices reflect the songwriting qualities he admires most, while his sublime vocals reveal his deeply-felt connections to this music. Dreams is an important addition to Neil's amazing catalog."
Across a musical career stretching nearly 50 years, Neil Diamond has sold more than 128 million albums worldwide. He has charted a staggering 37 Top 10 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. His last studio album, Home Before Dark (2008), debuted at #1 in the U.S. and internationally. His 2009 DVD, Hot August Night/ NYC, has been certified double platinum. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond's many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award and 12 Grammy nominations. He was NARAS's 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year.
Neil Diamond/Dreams track listing:
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. Let It Be Me
14. Don't Forget Me