Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Music Review: Neil Diamond :Tap Root Manuscript (1970)

Some of this CD is classic Neil Diamond, and others is music of a style which doesn't appear in any of his other work.  He includes some children's songs, and a mass in this CD.  An instrumental "African Trilogy" sounds something like the Jonathan Livingston Seagull music.  Keeping with the African theme he sings to the lion.
There are two classic Neil Diamond songs, "Cracklin' Rose" and "Soolaimon."  My favorite form this set is "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."  We all should watch out for each other.  This song is an original Diamond number, but it has such a beautiful message.  It was written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell.  It was first recorded by Kelly Gordon, but became a hit for both the Hollies in 1969 and Neil Diamond in 1970.

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