Neil Diamond – Stones (1971) – Lp
Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. His career began in the 1960s and he has sold over 120 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Early in the 21st century, he was the third most successful adult contemporary artist in the history of the Billboard charts. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.
Artist: Neil Diamond
Label: MCA Records
Catalog# 5C 062-95073
Stones is the seventh studio album by Neil Diamond, recorded and released in 1971. It was one of the biggest hit recordings of his career. The conductors and arrangers were Lee Holdridge, Marty Paich and Larry Muhoberac.
Driven by the hit singles “I Am…I Said” and “Crunchy Granola Suite,” Stones is a stronger album than most of Neil Diamond‘s late-’60s records. Instead of padding the album with mediocre originals, Diamond picked several fine covers to fill out the remainder of the album, including Roger Miller‘s “Husbands and Wives,” Joni Mitchell‘s “Chelsea Morning,” Leonard Cohen‘s “Suzanne,” Randy Newman‘s “I Think It’s Gonna Rain,” Jacques Brel‘s “If You Go Away,” and Tom Paxton‘s “The Last Thing on My Mind.” There are still a few weak patches on Stones, but the record remains an engaging collection of mainstream pop.
1. I Am…I Said (3:32)
2. The Last Thing on My Mind (3:31)
3. Husbands and Wives (3:54)
4. Chelsea Morning (2:32)
5. Crunchy Granola Suite (3:14)
1. Stones (3:02)
2. If You Go Away (3:47)
3. Suzanne (4:41)
4. I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today (2:36)
5. I Am…I Said (Reprise) (2:33)