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The Jazz Singer Soundtrack
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|2. Adon Olom|
|3. You Baby|
|4. Love On The Rocks|
|5. Amazed And Confused|
|6. On The Robert E. Lee|
|8. Hello Again|
|10. Hey Louise|
|11. Songs Of Life|
|13. Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel|
|14. America (Reprise)|
The mega-selling soundtrack to Neil Diamond's 1980 screen debut, which grossed more at the box office than Raging Bull ! includes the hits America; Love on the Rocks and Hello Again .
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Diamond was inspired by the immigrant element of the story to honor the national melting pot in the opening song "America," along with one of his better ballads from that part of his career "Hello Again." The songs also play to Diamond's strength in that several of them would be done "live" in the context of the film, and anyone who has listened to "Hot August Night" or any other concert album by Diamond knows he is a lot better live than he is in the studio. In retrospect that is clearly the point in Diamond's career where the hard rock and gospel influences went away and he began a soft rock/pop artist where songs like "Love on the Rocks" and "Summerlove" became the norm. His early songs are arguably his best, but it was not until his 1976 album "Beautiful Noise" that Diamond ever had an album go platinum.
To his credit Diamond does come up with songs that meet the narrative needs of the film, not that this is a reason to watch the movie, so do not accuse me of advocating you do that. There is no reason for you to see that "You Baby" is part of an awkward homage, for lack of a better word, to Jolson in black face. Also worked into the mix are some traditional Jewish songs, "Adon Olom" and "Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel," and Diamond makes an earnest attempt to do them right. The resulting mix might be uneven, but there are enough solid songs here to make this an above average Neil Diamond album.
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!
I recommend both the cd and a video of the movie. The cd has great studio versions of the songs whereas the movie has some great, energetic live performances, particularly of "You Baby," and "Amazed and Confused." This cd is abslolutely classic and as of the writing of this review, "America" is particularly uplifting so soon after the terrorist attack on New York & the Pentagon. Indeed, the night before this review was written, I saw Neil Diamond in concert at Madison Square Garden & he had the crowd on it's feet with "America." This is a cd that we as fans know is great regardless of what his peers may have thought. I hope in the future, some justice will be done and he will be inducted into the Rock n roll Hall of Fame.
Most recent customer reviews
Excellent! Great delivery time. And what can I say about an excellent movie.Published 18 months ago by Paul Crozier Smith
The album you throw at anyone who says he was only a singles artist, the Jazz Singer is a terrible movie and the best piece of work he ever did. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Stephen C. Peifer
This album made me want to go out and marry a shicksa. A true masterpiece "in it's time". Remember this was 1980, folks -- this was the sound back then and Diamond... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Dan Trink
I'm extremely happy with the CD, "The Soundtrack from The Jazz Singer". His music in this CD is all new and very uplifting. It's got to be one of Diamond's best!! Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002 by Stephanie M. Lawrence
Neil has been able to create strong songs on this one, and happely for him this was neccessary cause the move wasnt really a smash hit, as the story was weak as i can remember,... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by patrick gysemberg
I love this album!!! The movie was okay, but the music is sensational!!! My favorite song is "Love on the Rocks".Published on Dec 15 2001 by Amazon Customer
Over the years I have heard and read most of the rather nasty reviews of this recording and of the film. Read morePublished on March 9 2001 by Lee Ann,music lover