- Classics: The Early Years
Classics: The Early Years Compilation album by Neil Diamond Released June 23, 1983 Recorded 1966 - 1967 Genre Rock Length 33:04 Label Columbia Producer Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich Professional reviews Neil Diamond chronology Heartlight
Classics: The Early Years
Classics: The Early Years is a compilation album by Neil Diamond released in 1983 featuring the early recordings he made for Bang Records in 1966 and 1967. After Columbia Records acquired the Bang Records catalogue, the twelve best recordings were reissued on this album. Columbia gave Diamond, a longtime Columbia recording artist, control of the Bang masters of his recordings. The original copyright notice of this album read "(C) and (P)1983 Neil Diamond and CBS Inc." CBS owned Columbia at that time. This compilation has a different track lineup compared to the 1968 Bang compilation album titled Neil Diamond's Greatest Hits which contains two cover songs. All the songs in this album are original Diamond compositions and substitutes "I'm A Believer" (which The Monkees covered) and "Shilo" in place of the Gary U.S. Bonds hit "New Orleans" and the Tommy James and the Shondells hit "Hanky Panky."
All of the tracks, with the exception of "Kentucky Woman", are in true stereo. Later Neil Diamond contained the mono versions, which makes this album the only source for the stereo versions of his Bang Records releases. The only true stereo version of "Kentucky Woman" was released in 1978 by Frog King records on the album Early Classics.
All songs composed by Neil Diamond
- "Kentucky Woman"
- "Cherry, Cherry"
- "Solitary Man"
- "You Got To Me"
- "I Got the Feelin' (Oh No, No)"
- "Thank the Lord for the Night Time"
- "I'm a Believer"
- "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
- "Do It"
- "Red, Red Wine"
- "The Boat That I Row"
AlbumsThe Feel of Neil Diamond · Just for You · Velvet Gloves and Spit · Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show · Touching You, Touching Me · Tap Root Manuscript · Stones · Moods · Jonathan Livingston Seagull · Serenade · Beautiful Noise · I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight · You Don't Bring Me Flowers · September Morn · The Jazz Singer · On the Way to the Sky · Heartlight · Primitive · Headed for the Future · The Best Years of Our Lives · Lovescape · The Christmas Album · Up on the Roof: Songs from the Brill Building · The Christmas Album 2 · Tennessee Moon · The Movie Album: As Time Goes By · Three Chord Opera · 12 Songs · Home Before Dark · A Cherry Cherry Christmas · Dreams Live albumsGold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour · Hot August Night · Love at the Greek · Hot August Night II · Live in America · Stages · Hot August Night/NYC Compilation albumsNeil Diamond's Greatest Hits · Shilo · Do It · Diamond's Diamonds · Double Gold · Rainbow · Brooklyn Roads · His 12 Greatest Hits · Solitary Man · 20 Super Hits · And The Singer Sings His Songs · Early Classics · 20 Golden Greats · The Very Best of Neil Diamond · Love Songs · 12 Greatest Hits Vol. II · Classics: The Early Years · The Very Best of Neil Diamond · The Essential Collection · The Greatest Hits: 1966–1992 · Glory Road: 1968-1972 · The Best of Neil Diamond · The Ultimate Collection · In My Lifetime · The Neil Diamond Collection · The Essential Neil Diamond · The Very Best of Neil Diamond · Play Me: The Complete Uni/MCA Studio Recording · Gold · The Essential Greatest Hits Collection · The Best of Neil Diamond · Classic – The Universal Masters Collection · The Best of Neil Diamond (2008 edition) · The Essential Neil Diamond 3.0 · Icon · The Bang Years, 1966-1968 Related articlesCategories:
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