The Greatest Hits (1966-1992)

The Greatest Hits (1966-1992)

by Neil Diamond


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Columbia has been Diamond's label since 1973, and it acquired the rights to his Bang material of 1966-1968. But MCA still controls the recordings from 1968-1973. That's why (although you won't find out by reading the album cover) this two-disc, 37-track retrospective consists of the original versions of such hits as "Cherry, Cherry" (1966) and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (1978) but covers the middle period with re-recordings and live renditions of 13 of Diamond's biggest hits. As such, this collection gets only a qualified recommendation.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074645270326
catalogNumber: 52703

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Barbra Streisand   Vocals
Kim Carnes   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
Jeremy Lubbock   Concert Master
Specs Powell   Percussion
King Errisson   Percussion
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Tom Bahler   Background Vocals
Hal Blaine   Drums
Jeff Barry   Percussion,Background Vocals
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Bob Boucher   Bass
Artie Butler   Percussion
Vince Charles   Percussion
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Burt Collins   Horn
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nick DeCaro   Keyboards
George Devens   Percussion
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Oma Drake   Background Vocals
Venetta Fields   Background Vocals
Gerald Garrett   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
James Getzoff   Concert Master
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Emory Gordy   Bass
Gorgoni   Guitar
Endre Granat   Concert Master
Mickey Gravine   Horn
Joseph Greene   Background Vocals
Paul Griffin   Keyboards
Joe Grimm   Horn
Monalisa Harrington   Background Vocals
Hadley Hockensmith   Guitar
Tom Hensley   Keyboards
Ron Hicklin   Background Vocals
Craig Hundley   Keyboards
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Arthur Kaplan   Horn
Jesse Kirkland   Background Vocals
Mildred Lane   Background Vocals
Alan Lindgren   Keyboards
Charles Macey   Guitar
Irvin "Marky" Markowitz   Horn
Hugh McCracken   Guitar,Harmonica
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
Marilyn O'Brien   Vocals
Linda Press   Vocals,Background Vocals
Reinie Press   Bass,Drums
Allen Ralph   Horn
Alan Raph   Horn
Doug Rhone   Guitar,Background Vocals
Verlene Rogers   Background Vocals
Sid Sharp   Concert Master
Joseph J. Shepley   Horn
Dennis St. John   Bass,Drums
Bill Suyker   Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums,Background Vocals
Gerald Vinci   Concert Master
H.L. Voelker   Background Vocals
Marty Walsh   Guitar
Luther Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Carolyn Willis   Background Vocals
Ron Tuft   Guitar,Background Vocals
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Joe Shepley   Horn
Artie Kaplan   Horn

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
Neil Diamond   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Producer
Burt Bacharach   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Producer
Dave Brock   Engineer
Chip Taylor   Producer
Jeff Barry   Producer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Fred Breitberg   Engineer
Tom Catalano   Producer
Tommy Cogbill   Producer
Val Garay   Producer
Bob Gaudio   Producer
Jim Godsey   Engineer
Mark Guilbeault   Engineer
Tom Hensley   Composer
Julie Last   Engineer
Alan Lindgren   Composer
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Dave Roberts   Engineer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Phil Gitomer   Engineer
Mike Siebold   Engineer
Mary Kettle   Engineer
Tommy Durden   Composer
David Kirshner   Art Direction

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The Greatest Hits (1966-1992) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed because I was expecting a collection of the "original songs" - GREAT set of titles. Includes many new live concert versions - most of which are delivered more as stories than singing. I'm sure he's tired of the same old rhyme, and if I heard these in concert it might be cool - but not what I was looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isn't specified anywhere on the packaging, but most of the songs were recorded at concerts rather than in the studio. Which a lot of artists do, but which (in this case) very much alters the finished product. Neal's voice wasn't at its the prime, and he also changes the versions slightly. The result is many of my favorite songs (Cracklin' Rosie, I Am...I Said, Play Me) were a bitter disappointment. There is no question Neal is a brilliant songwriter and consummate performer. But if I had known I wasn't getting the studio versions which made the hit charts in the first place, I would not have bought this CD collection, but the individual CDs instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this album!! Neil rocks then and now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Neil since I was a child. I think the greatest hits (1966-1992) reflects the true talet of Neil Diamond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago