Neil Diamond: Beautiful Noise
A beautifully recorded concept album about Diamond's own emergence from the Brooklyn streets and
from the Brill Building's Tin Pan Alley. Produced by Robbie Robertson.
Robbie Robertson said he was fascinated by the Tin Pan Alley tradition that
Diamond represented, and claimed that the concept behind Beautiful Noise
was to pay tribute to "that rock'n'roll version of Tin Pan Alley I'd first
encountered with Ronnie Hawkins when I was fifteen". The album was recorded at
the Band's Shangri-La studio in Malibu. With a little help from Garth, who
played organ on the gospel-Broadway hybrid "Surviving The Life", and the sole
Diamond/Robertson collaboration "Dry Your Eyes" (that also appeared on the
"Last Waltz" album), Robbie put together a suite of string-saturated MOR songs.
His own guitar-playing was not much in evidence, though one could make it
out on "Lady-Oh", "Jungle Time" and "Dry Your Eyes". It was all pretty
schlocky stuff, but Diamond's fans liked it enough to push it up to #4 when it
was released in the summer.
Robbie Robertson on guitar on three tracks. Garth Hudson's Lowrey organ can be heard on two songs, on one of them he is playing together with Robbie.
Sidemen(Only members of the Band listed)
Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise - 1976 - Columbia PC 33965
AMG Rating: Good