Lets face it, Neil is not the best actor in the world - but when he sings, it is PURE MAGIC. This 'soundtrack' album holds some of his best work ever, including the classic 'Love on the rocks' and 'America', amidst at least a half a dozen others. I have to hold a candle to this man, who is still drawing in major crowds at age 60+...and has not had a real major top 10 CD in years!
This is the inspiration that is Neil Diamond...and sticking to the subject of this CD, he truly shines in all ways on this one. There are some rockers, fun stuff, blues, totally mellow and the classical ND commercial stuff - and all done with soul and passion. Unlike a lot of his work that surrounded this one, this really had a lot of Neil's heart and soul, and not a lot of some studio producer telling him 'what was next'.
What can I say - I thought the movie was great (not a classic mind you), and I admired Neil for giving the old Hollywood thing a go (don't think he has done it since!) - and the bottom line is that despite the shortcomings of this movie, we as fans got to enjoy some of his finest work ever!