Neil Diamond, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (1978)
I went and saw that Neil Diamond guy live one time. It was in Auckland. Mid-90s. We were up there to celebrate my brother’s graduation from one of his degrees. I had started uni – but wasn’t in any hurry, at that point, to finish. We went up to Auckland to do a dinner and stuff and I’m not sure who had the idea that the whole family should go to Neil Diamond – whether it was my brother or my father – but it happened. We all went. And holy shit it was great. Classic example of the sort of gig I would never have planned, at that time, to go to – but by fluke of timing, by luck of being there when he was, I saw the show. And it was awesome. Nearly three hours in the round, no opening act, Neil on stage promptly at 8pm or something. Huge band, strings too, young women popping up as duet partners to help out on songs like the title track to this album. A few suit changes, lots of smiles. Lots and lots of smiles. And sometimes, just sometimes, when he talked in between the songs, he sounded a wee bit like Al Bundy. (I have never played this album and probably never will).
Sample Track: Forever In Blue Jeans
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