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The Jazz Singer Soundtrack

4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 20 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002BIB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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1. America
2. Adon Olom
3. You Baby
4. Love On The Rocks
5. Amazed And Confused
6. On The Robert E. Lee
7. Summerlove
8. Hello Again
9. Acapulco
10. Hey Louise
11. Songs Of Life
12. Jerusalem
13. Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel
14. America (Reprise)

Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
The decision to make a modern version of Al Jolson's "Jazz Singer" in 1980 is one of the more dubious ideas to come out of Hollywood. Putting singer Neil Diamond in the Jolson role opposite Laurence Olivier as his cantor father and Lucy Arnaz as the woman he loves had only one sure upside in that Diamond also did the music for the film. If your choice is between watching the film or listening to the soundtrack, then listen to the soundtrack.
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.
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Starting with September Morn, all of his CDs have been very uneven and this is one of the worst. This has a couple of good songs on it (you know what they are) but the rest is REALLY BAD!!! I wish they would put out Greatest Hits Vol. 3 with all of his great songs since September Morn that aren't on Vol. 2 including That Kind, The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, On The Way To The Sky, Right By You, The Drifter, First You Have to Say You Love Me, Front Page Story, Heartlight, In Ensanada, Turn Around, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, Sleep With Me Tonight, The Man You Need, Story of My Life, It Should Have Been Me, (I'll See You On The Radio) Laura, Me Beside You, Best Years of Our Lives, This Time, If I Couldn't See You Again, If There Were No Dreams, Don't Turn Around, Hooked On The Memory of You and a couple from Tennesse Moon and Three Chord Opera. Now that would be an AWESOME CD and you wouldn't have to waste your hard-earned money on awful CDs like this with only 3 or 4 good songs!!!!
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This semi decent soundtrack is good as long as you haven't seen the movie... otherwise the schlock of the movie will make this CD of work a bitter pill to swallow, and your thoughts will be filled with terrible, terrible acting by Lucy Arnaz and Lawrence Olivier. I would suggest buying another Neil Diamond CD made before this one. The Diamond CDs only get worse as the years go on, and the Jazz Singer Soundtrack is the last listenable thing made by Neil Diamond. "America", "Love on the Rocks", "Songs of Life" and "Summerlove" are pretty good tunes. Those tunes make the disc worth owning for a hardcore fan.. However, "You Baby", "Hey Louise", "Acapulco", "On The Robert E Lee" and "Jerusalem" are utter garbage. "Amazed and Confused" is unlistenable. "Adon Olom" and "Kol Nidre/My Name Is Yussel" are just things put on the album to take up space. I would suggest Stones, Moods, or Greatest Hits over this..they are money well spent.. the Jazz Singer is not.
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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!
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For some reason, Neil Diamonds's peers have not held him in the same high esteem his fans have. The fans are rigght and his peers are wrong. This CD has three top ten tunes in it, "America," "Hello Again," and "Love on the Rocks." All are great songs and all were hits 20 years ago. There were additional great rockers like "You Baby Baby" on this CD. Inexplicably the academy did not even so much as nominate the movie "The Jazz Singer" for the best score nor did any of the three mega hits get a nomination for best song. This was an unconscionable dump on a great star and songwriter. He deserved an Oscar and did not even get a nomination!
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.
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