NEIL DIAMOND - BBC ELECTRIC PROMS 2010

November 14, 2010 – 3:57 am

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UPDATE: JANUARY 23, 2018
NEIL DIAMOND RETIRES FROM TOURING AFTER PARKINSON’S DIAGNOSIS

Neil Diamond, 77, has announced his retirement from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the Australian Associated Press reported on January 23, 2018. The singer, who was set to perform across Australia and New Zealand in March and April as part of his 50th anniversary tour, has cancelled all his dates on doctor’s advice.

“Legendary singer, songwriter and performer Neil Diamond today announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease,” a statement on his website said. He has already played across the US and Europe for the anniversary tour.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said. “I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.” - theguardian.com

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NEIL DIAMOND
BBC Electric Proms 2010 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Roundhouse, London; October 30, 2010. Very good BBC 2 FM broadcast.

It’s likely fans have worn out many a copy of Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night so much so that when it comes to the end of Cherry Cherry at the Roundhouse, one begins to anticipate the opening bars of Sweet Caroline (which was how it was on Hot August Night)… so ingrained is the show in one’s memory.

Hot August Night, released in 1972, was not only a hit album but probably presented Neil Diamond at the height of his prowess as a singer and performer - where he could effortlessly plumb the lows on any song. It is also probably the album to compare his live performances and, 38 years later, Diamond hasn’t aged too badly. He can still do Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon without slurring his lines - “I’ve been misunderstood for all of my life/But what they’re sayin’, girl, just cuts like a knife/’The boy’s no good’ “ - easy to sing when you’re young but it sure can trip you up. And the strain shows on And I Am… I Said.

And Diamond is such a pro that you even welcome his hocking his new album, Dreams. (It’s the Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show after all.) For the “new” songs on Dreams, such as Midnight Train To Georgia, Ain’t No Sunshine and I’m A Believer, while Midnight Train is basically Gladys Knight’s and one wouldn’t think of it as a Diamond cover, Diamond has slowed down the tempo and given it his own touch; and similarly with the “reinvented” I’m A Believer (a Diamond song made famous by The Monkees).

But then again, Diamond has always left his own stamp on other people’s songs - on the Stones album, he had The Last Thing On My Mind, Husbands And Wives, If You Go Away, Suzanne and I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today (the album was bookended by I Am… I Said). It’s hard to listen to these songs and not think of Diamond’s mournful vocals. Already back in 1971, Diamond had a blueprint for his covers album(s)!

As on 2008’s Hot August Night/NYC, Diamond appears very gracious and grateful to be entertaining the fans and while this may not be his last hurrah, it sure is nice of him to have Lulu as a guest (whoever still remembers The Boat That I Row?).

Listening to this show is fun but it’d be great to watch the TV broadcast, especially when it’s in high-def. Even then, it’d still be too short!

Thanks to UncleBoko for recording and sharing the tracks on Dime. Thanks also to adriana for the artwork.

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Disc 1
Track 101. DJ Intro (1.0MB)
Track 102. Beautiful Noise (5.6MB)
Track 103. Blue Jeans (5.6MB)
Track 104. Neil talk (1.2MB)
Track 105. Hello Again (6.3MB)
Track 106. Neil talk (1.5MB)
Track 107. Play Me (6.9MB)
Track 108. Solitary Man (5.3MB)
Track 109. Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon (6.0MB)
Track 110. Cherry Cherry (5.8MB)
Track 111. Neil talk (1.0MB)
Track 112. Love Song (6.8MB)
Track 113. Neil talk (741k)
Track 114. Midnight Train To Georgia (8.5MB)
Track 115. Ain’t No Sunshine (5.9MB)
Track 116. I’m A Believer (7.4MB)
Track 117. Neil talk (5.2MB)
Track 118. The Boat That I Row (with Lulu) (4.7MB)
Track 119. Neil and Lulu talk (1.4MB)
Track 120. I’m a Fool for You (with Lulu) (5.6MB)
Track 121. Pretty Amazing Grace (5.3MB)
Track 122. Neil talk (2.5MB)
Track 123. Shilo (Amy McDonald solo) (4.7MB)
Track 124. This Is The Life (Amy McDonald solo) (6.6MB)
Track 125. Neil talk (837k)

Disc 2
Track 201. Holly Holly (8.2MB)
Track 202. Cracklin’ Rosie (5.0MB)
Track 203. I Am… I Said (7.8MB)
Track 204. Sweet Caroline pt1 (6.1MB)
Track 205. Sweet Caroline pt2 (5.7MB)
Track 206. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show (9.4MB)
Track 207. DJ outro (2.7MB)

Click on the link to order Neil Diamond’s latest album, Dreams.

  1. 26 Responses to “NEIL DIAMOND - BBC ELECTRIC PROMS 2010”

  2. Beautiful Noise Indeed! Thanks as always, Big-O…

    By TDC on Nov 14, 2010

  3. This show got great reviews where I am … wonderful sound quality … Thanks … Ps … must go out and buy his new album which has also got great reviews. Cheers.

    By CANUTE on Nov 14, 2010

  4. Ever since he hit huge in the ’70s, it has been the epitome of un-hipness to admit to liking Neil Diamond, especially after his duet with Streisand. But boy, could this guy ever write a song! I was a big punk rock fan, but I never stopped appreciating Mr. Diamond (and Abba too).

    By kenw on Nov 15, 2010

  5. Thank you for this wunderful recording. Also Belgium loves Neil Diamond!

    By Droopy on Nov 15, 2010

  6. IT`S FANTASTIC. WONDERFUL NEIL DIAMOND.

    By David on Nov 19, 2010

  7. thanks for this great recordings, it was my birthday and i enjoyed very much.
    thanks again !

    By Martin on Nov 25, 2010

  8. Pure Diamond.

    By Kint on Apr 10, 2014

  9. from what i can best determine. .since i didnt watch the show itself.. kiss did 4 songs on the tonight show with jimmy fallon on friday night. deuce black diamond hotter than hell and firehouse. i dont know which if any of those didnt air. i got all of them in mp3 form. i dont collect videos usually altho theyre all available as video files i believe. im sure one can easily find them on youtube for example. does anyone know if any of those songs did not air on the show? were there more than 4 songs?

    By darth on Apr 13, 2014

  10. Can you fix tracks 109 & 123?

    By OtisApplepie on Apr 16, 2014

  11. Hello OtisApplepie

    Kindly refresh the page and try again. Links should be OK now.

    By bigozine2 on Apr 16, 2014

  12. Tracks #106, 118, 125, & 205 are not working.
    Could they possible be fixed? I’ve tried everything.
    Thanks in advance.

    By Gary on Sep 12, 2015

  13. tracks 109 and 123 aren’t able to be downloaded

    By John on Nov 17, 2015

  14. Hello John

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 17, 2015

  15. Neil Diamond retires from touring after Parkinson’s diagnosis.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 23, 2018

  16. Guess that means we’ll soon lose another icon ‘ very depressing. David Bowie , look what you started (SIGH )

    By Stanley on Jan 23, 2018

  17. His version of Tom Paxton’s Last thing on my mind is a thing of beauty ‘ even better than Paxton’s. version. Really loved him and his music in the late 60s early 70s . By the late 70s he lost me with the whole Streisand shmultz and his new crooner persona . Wish he had stayed the early 70s course

    By George on Jan 23, 2018

  18. I’m young and hung ‘ not a geezer with a teeny weener

    By Justen Beeeber on Jan 23, 2018

  19. Praying for Neil Diamond , a class act both on and off the stage .

    By Bill on Jan 23, 2018

  20. The man is still amazing here , voice sounds great and hes at least 70 here

    By Bill on Jan 23, 2018

  21. Parkinson’s disease usually ends singing ability as muscles become weaker and they also lose muscle control. Their voice gets quieter. One can continue to write with difficulty for some time.

    By ScarRad on Jan 23, 2018

  22. I can tell you that each patient varies.

    By ScarRad on Jan 23, 2018

  23. I believe Linda Ronstadt has the same thing

    By Bill on Jan 23, 2018

  24. Very sad about Neil Diamond.A huge fan of his growing up.At one time he was the most popular artist out there.He was all over the radio in the sixties/seventies

    By Donald on Jan 24, 2018

  25. Very sad about Neil , Parkinson’s is awful

    By Tom on Jan 26, 2018

  26. My brother Richard came down with Parkinson’s at age 33. He was the fifth to have experimental Autograft brain surgery in 1986. Readers’ Digest “Six Who Dared”. Richard’s face was frozen into an angry look, which could not show that he was a basically happy guy, despite his challenges. The surgery took him off of meds completely, his face was okay, he could talk, he did stand up comedy across the country, driving city to city, testified for Parkingson’s research funding before Congress and the California State Assembly, helped start Parkinson’s Support Groups across the country, sold copies of his autobiography (I was the editor) to raise money for research. But after 4 years drug free, it came back slowly, but it never got as bad as it did before, and he passed due to a heart attack at 57, but after 8 mos. of paranoia.

    By ScarRad on Jan 26, 2018

  27. The question I always had about Parkinson’s concerned Muhammad Ali . Did boxing cause it or was It something else ? Ali never got hit much in his early years because of his speed and reflexes. Later after the three and a half year layoff due to his refusal to be drafted , although still great , wasn’t the same fighter and got hit more often . His three fights with Joe Frazier as well as bouts with Ken Norton , George Foreman and many others were brutal . Parkinson’s didn’t seem to begin until after he retired though. Many have blamed the sport however I’ve seen interviews with many other ex boxers who seemed alert and in good shape mentally so I always wanted to know why boxing was blamed for what happened . It always seemed a little far fetched .

    By John Dahl on Feb 2, 2018

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