Tag: Neil Diamond

Tuesday 6/8/21 3pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from Duran Duran, Animotion, Pointer Sisters, Ratt, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, and more and more . . .

Tuesday 6/1/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from David Lee Roth, Southern Pacific, Ray Parker Junior, Kathy Mattea, Whitney Houston, Queen, Paula Abdul, Carlene Carter, Police, Ramones, Oak Ridge Boys, Honeymoon Suite, Alabama, Genesis and more. . . 2pm – 6pm ET

Tuesday 5/25/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

Featuring tunes from Pointer Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Police, Eddy Grant, Pat Benatar, INXS, Kenny Loggins, Def Leppard, Whispers, Pam Tillis, Dan Hartman, Night Ranger, Go Go’s and more . . .

Tuesday 5/18/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

2 – 6pm ET

Featuring tunes from Pablo Cruise, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Little Richard, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, KT Oslin, Neil Diamond, Janet Jackson, Was (Not) Was, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Gramm, Irene Cara, Genesis, and more . . .

Monday 5/10/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

This week we feature music from Doobie Brothers (Spotlight Artist), Minnie Ripperton, Diana Ross, Olivia Newton-john, Peter Frampton, Barry Manilow, McFadden & Whitehead, Van McCoy, Neil Diamond, Billy Ocean and featuring extended program.

Tuesday 11/24/2020 3pm ET: Feature LP: Neil Diamond & The London Symphony Orchestra (2020)

Although a 2018 Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis effectively ended Neil Diamond’s touring career, the songwriting legend has no plans to stop making music. Recorded between London’s historic Abbey Road Studios and the singer’s own Los Angeles studio, Classic Diamonds is equal parts retrospective and reinterpretation as he revisits 14 of his best known songs with assistance from the London Symphony Orchestra.

Playing with an orchestra is nothing new for Diamond; brass and strings have been a defining characteristic of his music since the late 1960s, both on-stage and in the studio. To that end, it’s almost surprising that a symphonic reimagining of his hits doesn’t already exist. Still, with a catalog as deep as Diamond’s, it’s hard to fault him for playing to his strengths and at 79, he still brings a remarkable amount of emotion and an easy warmth to the experience.

Forgoing his usual band, Classic Diamonds aims for a classy vibe, relying mostly on piano and orchestra to reframe songs like “Beautiful Noise” and “Song Sung Blue,” neither of which resemble their original arrangements. A sweeping overture and deconstructed chord changes breathe new life into the former, while the latter is extended with a newly written intro containing extra lyrics. Produced by Walter Afanasieff who also co-arranged with conductor William Ross, it’s nice to hear Diamond and his collaborators taking liberties with the material, even if not all of them land.

Altering the perky pop classic “I’m a Believer” into a wistful ballad serves up a little too much corn, as does his impassioned reading of Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”) to kick off the rousing immigration anthem “America,” though the latter is certainly on-brand for Diamond’s style of earnest showmanship. On the other hand, the sudden appearance of a sitar and exultant choir adds an interesting twist and makes for a bombastic and surprisingly moving version of “Holly Holy.” On the whole, Classic Diamonds feels like somewhat of an unnecessary exercise given the already-lush nature of Diamond’s work, but his performances are uniformly strong and the set contains just enough surprises to prop up the misfires.

Courtesy allmusic.com

1 Beautiful Noise 03:25
2 Hello Again 04:02
3 I Am… I Said 05:04
4 I’m a Believer 03:48
5 Song Sung Blue 04:08
6 September Morn 03:57
7 America 04:04
8 Holly Holy 05:55
9 You Don’t Bring Me Flowers 03:32
10 Play Me 04:42
11 Love on the Rocks 04:06
12 Heartlight 04:46
13 I’ve Been This Way Before 03:44
14 Sweet Caroline 04:22

Wednesday 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Neil Diamond

Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has had ten No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts: “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “If You Know What I Mean”, “Desirée”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, and “Heartlight”. 38 songs by Diamond have featured in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.

Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, and he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. In 2011, he was an honoree at the Kennedy Center Honors, and he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

In January 2018, Diamond announced that he would immediately retire from touring due to having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Tour dates on the final leg of Diamond’s “50 Year Anniversary World Tour” in Australia and New Zealand were cancelled. An announcement on his official website said he was not retiring from music and that the cancellation of the live performances would allow him to “continue his writing, recording and development of new projects.”

On July 28, 2018, Diamond and his wife Katie McNeil made a surprise visit to the Incident Command post in Basalt, Colorado – near where Diamond lives – to thank the firefighters and families with a solo acoustic guitar concert for efforts in containing the Lake Christine Fire, which began on July 3 and had scorched 12,000 acres (4,900 ha; 49 km2) of land.

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week on Sounds of The 70’s we feature:  Pablo Cruise, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Charlie Daniels Band, Wild Cherry, Neil Diamond, Hot Chocolate, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, Robert Palmer, Doobie Brothers and more . . . 

Tuesday 6pm: Sounds of The 60’s

This week we feature music from: Wanda Jackson, Chiffons, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Beatles, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Rolling Stones, Troggs, Bob Dylan, Grass Roots, James Brown, McCoys, Beach Boys, Janis Ian and many more . . . 

Sunday 12pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

VRP1982Today on a new installment of the Vinyl Resting Place –  the first full year of MTV and the last year for rock and roll.  We count down the top 45 (well – almost) 45’s of 1982.  Today’s twist – we count up – from #1 to – well – as close as we can get to 45… here’s  a sampling of what they were listening to in 1982….Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Paul McCartney, Survivor, J. Geils Band, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Toni Basil, Journey, Rick Springfield, Laura Branigan, Quarterflash, Stevie Wonder, Cars, Neil Diamond, Air Supply and so many more . . .  Join Willie B today at 12pm and check the schedule for encore times.

Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B 12pm ET

vrp0522This week on the Vinyl Resting Place join Willie B for a great mixed bag of music. many hits, a few misses and some originals…listen in…  Featured this week Meat Loaf, Nena, Robey, Tom Jones, Merilee Rush, Lou Christie, Neil Diamond, Anne Murray, Badfinger, Corsairs, Bertie Higgins, Bobby Solo and many more.  Listen live at 12pm on RadioMaxMusic.

Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B 12pm ET

vrp0515Join Willie B for another edition of the Vinyl Resting Place.  

Well with the Vinyl Resting Place back on the air (or wires) – I thought we’d give a random sampling of some of the music and silliness my loyal listeners (both of them) have come to expect. this week’s line-up..

Jefferson Airplane, Billy Sawn, Carpenters, Gunhill Road, Lois Fletcher, Bruce Springsteen, Albert Hammond, Lori Lieberman, Roger Whittaker, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Normam Greenbaum,  Electric Light Orchestra & Olivia Newton John, Elvis Presley, Horst Jankowski, Lady Gaga, Karmin, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price,  Billy Joel and LOTS more.  ..  12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic


Artist Countdown: Neil Diamond Top 50 Hits 6pm ET @NeilDiamond

neil_diamondNeil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide. He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

Neil Diamond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Additionally, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and in 2011 was an honoree at Kennedy Center. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten #1 singles: “Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”, “Longfellow Serenade”, “I’ve Been This Way Before”, “If You Know What I Mean”, “Desiree”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”, “America”, “Yesterday’s Songs”, “Heartlight” and “I’m a believer”. He continues to record and release new material and maintains an extensive touring schedule as well. – Wikipedia

1 Cracklin’ Rosie
2 I Am…I Said
3 Song Sung Blue
4 Longfellow Serenade
5 Love on the Rocks
6 Sweet Caroline
7 If You Know What I Mean
8 Desiree
9 Heartlight
10 You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (w/ Barbra Streisand)
11 Beautiful Noise
12 Forever in Blue Jeans
13 Hello Again
14 Holly Holy
15 September Morn’
16 Stones
17 Play Me
18 Shilo 
19 Soolaimón
20 Do It
21 Yesterday’s Songs
22 Walk on Water
23 I’m a Believer
24 I’ve Been This Way Before
25 America
26 Skybird
27 Solitary Man
28 Cherry, Cherry
29 Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
30 Be
31 Thank the Lord for the Night Time
32 Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show
33 Stargazer
34 Kentucky Woman
35 The Boat That I Row
36 This Time
37 New Orleans
38 You Got To Me
39 He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
40 The Last Thing on My Mind
41 Red, Red Wine
42 Two-Bit Manchild
43 Sunday Sun
44 The Long Way Home
45 Until It’s Time for You to Go
46 Brooklyn Roads
47 Done Too Soon
48 Midnight Train to Georgia
49 Some Day Baby
50 You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’ (w/ Dolly Parton)

Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B 10p ET #vrp

WomanVinylThis week in the Vinyl Resting Place it’s “Woman”  Featuring hits from Helen Reddy, Bryan Adams, Aretha Franklin, Shania Twain, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Chicago, Roy Orbison, The Doors and more.  Check the schedule for encore times if you miss any of this program.  Hosted by your Vinyl Master Willie B!