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Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Neil Diamond - Acoustic Christmas (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Neil Diamond
Title: Acoustic Christmas
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Acoustic, Christmasб Holidays
Label: © Capitol Records, LLC
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:29
Recorded: 2016

Neil Diamond delivers a Christmas gift to fans with this 2016 release featuring traditional numbers and originals, all done acoustic style. For this recording, Diamond reunited with co-producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee, who worked on his acclaimed 2014 album Melody Road.
"One need look no further than Neil's earliest hits to know that something special happens when you set his voice in the middle of a few acoustic guitars: the vibrant expression that lives in the nuances of Neil's singing moves to the forefront and creates a profoundly intimate experience. The vibe in the studio seems inspired by the folk scene of Neil’s early years in Greenwich Village." --Don Was, co-producer

Re-teaming with Don Was and Jacknife Lee, the pair who produced his 2014 album Melody Road, Neil Diamond cut Acoustic Christmas, his fourth holiday album and first since 2009's A Cherry Cherry Christmas. The title Acoustic Christmas suggests that this 2016 LP will be sparse, but it's hazy and open, consisting of much more than a man and a guitar. Usually he's supported by a full band -- a rhythm section, another guitarist, a keyboardist, and backing vocalists -- and that gives Acoustic Christmas some spunk, which is enough to keep things lively. If Diamond isn't always original -- his version of "Children Go Where I Send Thee" follows the contours of Nick Lowe's 2013 version exactly -- he nevertheless performs with gusto, particularly on the closing "Christmas Medley." That showmanship is ultimately what gives Acoustic Christmas its personality and is the reason to return to the record: it may not align with the spirit of the season, but it's charming nonetheless. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 O Holy Night 3:46
2 Do You Hear What I Hear 4:03
3 Christmas Prayers 4:31
4 Hark The Herald Angels Sing 4:13
5 Mary's Boy Child 3:19
6 Silent Night 3:42
7 Go Tell It On The Mountain 3:17
8 Children Go Where I Send Thee 5:26
9 Christmas In Killarney 2:03
10 Christmas Medley: Almost Day / Make A Happy Song / We Wish You A Merry Christmas 3:14

Neil Diamond - Vocals
Eric Gorfain - Conductor, Horn Arrangements, Violin
Paul Beasley, Jimmy Carter, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, Benjamin Moore, Julia Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, Joey Williams - Vocals (Background)
Richard Bennett, Hadley Hockensmith, Tim Pierce - Guitar
Bruce Carver - Bodhran
Patrick D'Arcy - Uillean Pipes
John Grab - Trombone
Robbie Hioki - Trombone (Bass)
Nick Lane - Euphonium
Darrell Leonard, Lester Lovitt - Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Don Markese - Flute, Flute Arrangement, Ocarina
Jamie Muhoberac, Matt Rollings - Keyboards
Stephanie O'Keefe - French Horn
Kira Ott - Irish Fiddle
Sebastian Steinberg - Bass
Joey Waronker - Drums

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