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Tap Root Manuscript

Neil Diamond Audio CD
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Neil gets all experimental with children's choirs and African chants on side two of this ambitious 1970 LP, but still delivered the hits with Cracklin' Rosie; Soolaimon , and He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother .

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5.0 out of 5 stars Taps musical, childhood roots April 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was born in late 1969, and my parents must have bought this album shortly thereafter, for I have always known it. These songs are interwoven into my earliest memories. Consequently, it's probably not possible to write an entirely objective review. But I think my judgment may have matured to the point where I can separate at least some of the musical wheat from the chaff of my childhood.
This album was obviously a labor of love for Neil Diamond. Everything about it was lovingly wrought, including the packaging. In fact, my only complaint about the CD reissue is the loss of the gorgeous design work of art director John C. Le Prevost, designer Virginia Clark, photographers Jim Metropole and Larry Bartome, and calligrapher Jonzarr Haber. The original album cover had a satisfying heft to it, being printed on incredibly heavy, textured stock. Although it housed a single record, it folded out like a double album, revealing the other half of the moody, introspective photograph that began on the front cover and continued on like a Cinerama movie screen. Included inside was a booklet, printed on fine writing paper, supplying the lyrics for 'Childsong,' 'I Am The Lion,' 'Soolaimon,' and 'Missa' (in both English and Swahili) in earthy sepia calligraphy. Additionally, it included Neil Diamond's own explanation of the concept of the album:
"When rhythm and blues lost its sensuality for me I fell in love with a woman named gospel. We met secretly in the churches of Harlem, and made love at revival meetings in Mississippi. And loving her as I did, I found a great yearning to know of her roots. And I found them. And they were in Africa. And they left me breathless. The African Trilogy is an attempt to convey my passion for the folk music of that black continent. -n.d.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories April 16 2014
By Liz Pat
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Most of these songs are unique, the orchestra background is great, along with Neil Diamond's wonderful voice
I had searched for this album on and off for years (I had the original vinyl which got "lost" ) I am not computer savvy, but decided to try Amazon for the first time, and I was thrilled with this success. The shipping fee was very reasonable and it took only days before I was listening to it!
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Liz
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5.0 out of 5 stars engaging and delightful music and musicality June 22 2013
By e.gajd
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This was a childhood album that I was pleased to discover is just as good as my childhood memory of it.
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Format:Audio CD
Again, I have the LP version but wanted the CD to play in the car and at my computer. What a masterful composer and singer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Concerto Jan. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
This may be my all time favorite album. I originally had the vinyl which is now replaced by a CD. This is beautiful music to listen to on many occasions, particularly the old "side 2". The musical themes cycle through the whole album and reappear under haunting and different circumstances. If you like the way classical composers weave in and out of different mucical themes and instrumentation, you'll love Neil Diamond's explorations of several patterns in this album. Some seem based upon African music which I generally don't appreciate. But this album is an exception. I think the greatest appreciation of it comes from listening to the whole thing at once. It'll give you goosebumps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars african symbiosis Jan. 12 2003
By bill
Format:Audio CD
I bought the original vinyl for TapRoot in 1970. I still have it,but, through the years, it has gotten . . .well used. The CD brings back all the richness of the beautiful beat and sumptuous sounds of the African veldt. I sa Neil D last year in Austin Texas, and I prayed he would do "Solaimon" - hope I got the spelling right. When he did I went nuts! The album is a must for Diamond-heads! Glorious music ahead of its time. One of the only albums, and artists that both I and my dad agreed upon as I grew up. I'm 55 today and my dad passed on 15 years ago at age 71. I know he still listens to this music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, but puzzled with the Kiswahili Oct. 1 2002
Format:Audio CD
We first owned and listened to this album while living in Kenya. So of course we loved the African parts! I am wondering if anyone connected with Neil Diamond would know where he got the words of "Missa". There are a few errors that I can explain, but one I can't: "mtoto mazaliwa" should be "mtoto amezaliwa" (a child is born). I am wondering if the meter demanded the shortened form, which would be "mtoto 'mezaliwa." Anyone know?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Experimental Neil Diamond Album! July 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
At the time of his greatest popularity, Neil Diamond was quite experimental in some of his albums, which boldly showed his unusual willingness to take chances in pursuit of broadening his musical abilities and interests. This album, "Tap Root Manuscript", was the result of one such effort to experiment with African sounds and instruments, and one which paid off in terms of his commercial success and also with a number of top ten hits coming directly from the album. Some of the songs, like "Crackling Rosie", were not part of the concept, while others such as "Soolaimon", definitely were. At any rate, the combination of the two aspects of the album made for a number one Billboard rating.
Included here are other popular songs like "Done Too Soon", and a cover of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". I especially like the whole African song cycle, from "Childsong" through its reprise at the end of the album. "I am The Lion", "Madrigal", and "African Suite" are all interesting and quite innovative for the late 1960s time frame of the original recording. This was a trend-setting album and another notch in the growing body of recordings Diamond produced in his reign as one of America's favorite singer-songwriters of the 1960s and 1970s. Enjoy!
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