Tap Root Manuscript

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Tap Root Manuscript
Studio album by Neil Diamond
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Rock
Length 35:35
Label Uni Records (MCA Records)
Producer Tom Catalano, Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond chronology
Touching You, Touching Me
(1969)
Tap Root Manuscript
(1970)
Stones
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[2]

Tap Root Manuscript is the sixth studio album by Neil Diamond, released in 1970. It was one of the most experimental albums he ever recorded, featuring prominent African sounds and instruments. The album ended up being a commercial success, with a string of top 40 hits. This album predates many Western artists' interest in world music by more than a decade, from Peter Gabriel's 1980's solo albums, to My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (David Byrne with Brian Eno) in 1981, to the Graceland album recorded by Paul Simon in 1986. It was one of the most novel experimental recording projects of its time, and the Uni label initially was not sure whether it would be commercially viable. It turned out to be one of Diamond's most successful albums up to that point in his career, including one of his three #1 hits in his career, "Cracklin' Rosie".

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Neil Diamond except "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother" (Bob Russell, Bobby Scott).[3]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Cracklin' Rosie"   3:00
2. "Free Life"   3:11
3. "Coldwater Morning"   3:20
4. "Done Too Soon"   2:45
5. "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"   3:59
Side two — The African Trilogy (A Folk Ballet) (19:20)
No. Title Length
1. "Childsong"   2:10
2. "I Am the Lion"   2:07
3. "Madrigál"   1:53
4. "Soolaimón"   4:32
5. "Missa"   2:05
6. "African Trilogy"   4:28
7. "Childsong (Reprise)"   2:00

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