Neil Diamond returns with greatest hits collection

FILE - In this May 27, 2008 file photo, U.S. singer Neil Diamond performs during his concert in Munich, southern Germany.   Diamond has been chosen to receive the Kennedy Center Honors this year along with some of the biggest names from Broadway, jazz, classical music and Hollywood. (AP Photo/Christof Stache, file)
FILE - In this May 27, 2008 file photo, U.S. singer Neil Diamond performs during his concert in Munich, southern Germany. Diamond has been chosen to receive the Kennedy Center Honors this year along with some of the biggest names from Broadway, jazz, classical music and Hollywood. (AP Photo/Christof Stache, file)

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings proudly announce the release of The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings on November 19 2012

The new long-awaited definitive single disc compilation of 23 best-loved hits and signature tracks from America’s quintessential singer-songwriter is the first Neil Diamond collection to draw from the artist’s complete studio discography.

The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Records includes his first pop chartings as a writer/performer for Bang Records in the mid-1960s; his spectacular career-defining hits forUni/MCA (1968-1972); music from 1980’s The Jazz Singer (his 5x platinum-selling soundtrack album on Capitol Records) and studio essentials from a long-running association with Columbia Records that began in 1973 with the Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack album and runs through a pair of Rick Rubin-produced albums: 12 Songs (2005) and Home Before Dark (which became Neil’s first Number 1 album on the Billboard 200 in 2008).

The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings includes “Recollections,” a revelatory set of liner notes penned by Neil especially for this collection, providing anecdotal detail and behind-the-scenes point-of-view insight into each of the songs.

In his reflections on “Hell Yeah,” the track that closes the album, he writes, “’Hell Yeah’ is an affirmation of a lifetime spent devoted to music and my attempt to find a personally satisfying life for myself beyond the music. I have that life now but it was a much harder job than I thought possible. Still, well worth all theyears and all the tears.”

In closing his “Recollections” for The Very Best of Neil Diamond - The Original Studio Recordings, Neil says, “I wish I could personally thank the hundreds of musicians, arrangers, and engineers who, along with the producers, spent long days and nights in studios around the country to make these recordings vibrate and thrill. As a songwriter I can only humbly bow down and thank them all from the depths of my heart for giving wings to my dreams.”

Across a musical career spanning nearly five decades, Neil Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Neil Diamond has beeninducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the SammyCahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Among Diamond’s many other honors, he has received a Golden Globe Award, 12 Grammy nominations and was named the 2009MusiCares Person of the Year.

Full tracklisting:

1. Forever in Blue Jeans

2. Beautiful Noise

3. Love on the Rocks

4. Cherry, Cherry

5. I Am...I Said

6. Sweet Caroline

7. Cracklin’ Rosie

8. Play Me

9. I’m a Believer

10. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

11. Holly Holy

12. Solitary Man

13. Song Sung Blue

14. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

15. Hello Again

16. Red, Red Wine

17. If You Know What I Mean

18. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show

19. Pretty Amazing Grace

20. Kentucky Woman

21. Shilo

22. America

23. Hell Yeah