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".
Vocals: Alexander Hale, Aubrey Porter, Bill Lee, Billie Barnum, Christopher Hale, Clydie King, Dean Porter, Donald Wyatt, Douglas Schwartz, Dwayne Moody, Ed Wallace, Ekundayo Paris, Evelyn Meyer, Fred Burton, George Bledsoe, Graynston Hale, Gwen Johnson, H.B. Barnum Jr., Jean Sewell, Jessie Kirkland, Joe Greene, John Woodson, Kevin Parker, Lewis Johnson, Mabel Bishop, Marjorie Cranford, Matthews Muhoberac, Merry Clayton, Molly Halloran, Nancy Adams, Oma Drake, Phillip Whigham, Ricky Porter, Sean Engerman, Sherlie Matthews, Sherill Atwood, Stacey Johnson