November 29, 2013

101 Reel-To-Reel Tapes 28: Neil Diamond ~ Serenade

Neil Diamond ~ Serenade
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In addition to my vinyl collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes I'm selling. This is an entry about the Neil Diamond ~ Serenade reel-to-reel tape album. Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.

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Serenade was the second album by Neil Diamond for Columbia Records and his ninth studio album; it was released in 1974.

I've Been This Way Before is a beautiful easy rock waltz with orchestral backup written by Neil Diamond. The single was the second release from the Serenade album. It was Diamond's third number one on the Easy Listening chart and also peaked at number thirty four on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

Longfellow Serenade is a cheerful and bouncy song. It was written by Diamond and produced by Tom Catalano. It spent two weeks at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1974. It became Diamond's second #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart, following his 1972 single, Song Sung Blue. Diamond described Longfellow Serenade in the liner notes to his 1996 compilation album, In My Lifetime: "Occasionally I like using a particular lyrical style which, in this case, lent itself naturally to telling the story of a guy who woos his woman with poetry." The title of the song is a reference to the 19th-century American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


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 Links to music on YouTube below.





Track listing

All tracks composed by Neil Diamond.
  1. "I've Been This Way Before"
  2. "Rosemary's Wine"
  3. "Lady Magdelene"
  4. "The Last Picasso"
  5. "Longfellow Serenade"
  6. "Yes I Will"
  7. "Reggae Strut"
  8. "The Gift of Song"

Personnel

Credits

Notes

(P)&(C) 1974 CBS Inc.
Manufactured by CBS Records
Made and printed in Holland


Music links:

I've Been This Way Before on YouTube
Longfellow Serenade (live concert) on YouTube
Song Sung Blue on YouTube


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