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Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond

MickyMan 24 Jan 16 - 11:03 AM
GUEST 24 Jan 16 - 11:28 AM
fat B****rd 24 Jan 16 - 12:11 PM
GUEST,# 24 Jan 16 - 12:18 PM
MickyMan 24 Jan 16 - 12:51 PM
GUEST,HiLo 24 Jan 16 - 01:18 PM
Jorrox 24 Jan 16 - 02:20 PM
fat B****rd 24 Jan 16 - 03:23 PM
GUEST,Patsy 24 Jan 16 - 07:30 PM
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Joe Offer 24 Jan 16 - 11:25 PM
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Subject: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: MickyMan
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 11:03 AM

I don't want to hear any "Rhinestone Cowboy" complaints. Neil Diamond is more of a folk troubadour than most of the singer-songwriters that hide behind the purist "folk" label. He built a successful career writing traditionally structured contemporary American folk songs. With him, it's always been about presenting the clearly sung lyrics of a well crafted song. Sure, he's gone a little haywire with production from time to time, but so have a lot of the folkies, (when they could scrape enough cash together for orchestra musicians and extended studio time).
What's more ...... Even at his worst, Neil Diamond's schlocky 60s orchestral arrangements have held up a whole lot better than most folkie schlocky 60s orchestral arrangements, for sure!   It baffles me that he and some other worthy people have been kept out of the club.
OK, there was indeed that horrific song about ET :), but "Solitary Man" is a folk driven singer-songwriter gem if there ever was one!


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 11:28 AM

You don't actually know what folk music is, do you?


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: fat B****rd
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 12:11 PM

Anyway..Happy Birthday, Neil and thanks for I'm A Believer and Kentucky Woman.


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: GUEST,#
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 12:18 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ePXck9H1pI

Happy Birthday, Neil. (Posted for fat B****rd :-).)


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: MickyMan
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 12:51 PM

To our unidentified 11:28 AM GUEST ......   
       I certainly realize that Neil Diamond doesn't fit the hardcore, hard living singer-songwriter profile, but my contention is that if we are going to open our veneration to contemporaries who write their own words and apply them to traditional folk song forms and chord progressions, then we'd better be ready to keep an open mind.   
      Perhaps you confine yourself to songs that have been distilled through centuries of obscurity in small villages?   If that's your limited idea of acceptable "folk" music, then I'll just have to leave you there in the museum as music marches on.   
      (May I just add ....... I'm driving 56 miles this Friday for a wonderful evening where I'll probably share about a dozen of my memorized "Watersons" songs. I love that stuff! We'd probably have a great time there together! )


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: GUEST,HiLo
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 01:18 PM

I have never been a huge fan of Neil Diamond, however, he has made some significant contributions to popular music. I wish him a very happy birthday and more of them.


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: Jorrox
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 02:20 PM

Songs she sang to me. Songs she brang to me. Mr Diamond wrote that.
The prosecution rests.


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: fat B****rd
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 03:23 PM

Thank you Guest.#. "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" is pretty good. Come to think of it, "The Boat That I Row" aint half bad. Neil, yer orlright.


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 07:30 PM

Happy Birthday Neil Diamond. He is someone I always have had time to listen to or watch at his broody shy best which is one of the reasons he has a place in my heart. I remember watching him duet with Shirley Bassey and I have never felt so jealous in all my life. Although I love my rock, folk and alternative music I hope he continues to do what he does especially in Bristol UK if possible!


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: Gallus Moll
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 10:36 PM

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull


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Subject: RE: Happy 75th Birthday - Neil Diamond
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jan 16 - 11:25 PM

I have fond memories of dancing with my year-old daughter to the sound of "Cracklin' Rosie" on the stereo. My daughter is 40 now. A lot of Neil's songs were good listening. I think his "African Trilogy" was a very thoughtful piece of music. It's on Tap Root Manuscript, which I think was his best album.
No, I wouldn't call Neil a folk musician, but he certainly was an interesting and talented pop musician in his day. I went to one of his sold-out concerts in Sacramento back in the 1980s. He put on a great show.

-Joe-


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