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|12. Childsong (Reprise)|
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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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.Read more ›
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!
The magic, though, comes on side two with "The African Trilogy". I, too could have done without the sound effects, but they do not distract me too much (not like the critic) from the wonderfully gentle and passionate music. Almost a full decade before Paul Simon discovered the beautiful sounds of Soweto in Graceland or Brasilia in Rhythm of the Saints, N.D. was way out in front of the pack.
I had been too many years without hearing this album. It was immediately as comfortable and familiar as a lover's embrace.
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One of Neil's best albums ever. Used to listen to this album when I was a little girl. I am 49 now and I had to get the CD version of it. Great album.Published 14 months ago by Cindy R.
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... Read more
This was a childhood album that I was pleased to discover is just as good as my childhood memory of it.Published on June 22 2013 by e.gajd
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.Published on Jan. 1 2011 by Gayda Errett
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by James R. Whalen
I bought the original vinyl for TapRoot in 1970. I still have it,but, through the years, it has gotten . . .well used. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by bill
We first owned and listened to this album while living in Kenya. So of course we loved the African parts! Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2002 by Lawrence A. Barr
This is a must if you have a CD player in your car and you have kids. Instead of endless children's music, you can enjoy Neil Diamond at his best and also know that the songs are... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2002