Album Details

RELEASE
1972
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, AM Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Pop

Album Review

This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best -- he's at his most appealing crafting in the studio -- but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman. And that also means that it's not just loaded with flair, but with filler, songs like "Porcupine Pie," "Soggy Pretzels," and "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" -- attempts to write grand, sweeping epics that collapse under their own weight. Still, that's part of the charm of Diamond and while it can sound unbearable on studio albums, it makes some sense here, surrounded by his pomp and circumstance. That spectacle is the great thing about the record, since it inflates not just his great songs, it gives the weaker moments character. And while this does wind up being a little much -- 21 songs, 24 on the 2000 reissue -- it nevertheless is the one record for casual Neil fans, after the hits collections, since this shows Diamond the icon in full glory.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Prologue
  2. Crunchy Granola Suite
  3. Done Too Soon
  4. Dialogue
  5. Solitary Man
  6. Cherry, Cherry
  7. Sweet Caroline
  8. Porcupine Pie
  9. You're So Sweet
  10. Red, Red Wine
  11. Soggy Pretzels
  12. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind
  13. Shilo
  14. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
  15. Walk on Water [*]
  16. Kentucky Woman [*]
  17. Stones [*]
  18. Play Me
  19. Canta Libre
  20. Morningside
  21. Song Sung Blue
  22. Cracklin' Rosie
  23. Holly Holy
  24. I Am...I Said
  25. Soolaimon/Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show