Beautiful Noise

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Beautiful Noise
Beautifulnoise.jpg
Studio album by Neil Diamond
ReleasedJune 11, 1976
Recorded1975-76
GenrePop, rock, R&B, soul
Length37:40
LabelColumbia
ProducerRobbie Robertson
Neil Diamond chronology
Serenade
(1974)
Beautiful Noise
(1976)
And the Singer Sings His Song
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(C+)[2]

Beautiful Noise is the tenth album by Neil Diamond and his third with Columbia Records, released in 1976. "Dry Your Eyes" was performed with The Band at their farewell show and is featured in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz.

Overview[edit]

Diamond performing live in support of Beautiful Noise in 1976

Beautiful Noise marked a radical departure in production, style, arrangements and compositional diversity for Diamond. It was billed at the time of its release as something of a "comeback" album for the artist, and did mark a new and highly productive phase of his recording and touring career.

The album produced three singles: "If You Know What I Mean", "Don't Think... Feel", and the title track, "Beautiful Noise". "If You Know What I Mean" was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Easy Listening chart and reached No. 11 on the US Hit Parade.[3] "Don't Think... Feel" reached No. 43 in the U.S. charts, while "Beautiful Noise" reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] No. 7 in South Africa[5] and No. 6 in the then West Germany.[6] It also made it to No. 6 in Switzerland, No. 8 in Austria, No. 3 in the Netherlands and No. 6 in Flemish Belgium.[7]

The album was produced by Robbie Robertson, known for his work with The Band. Robertson also brought Garth Hudson of The Band along to contribute organ to several songs.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Neil Diamond, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Beautiful Noise"3:24
2."Stargazer"2:41
3."Lady Oh"3:51
4."Don't Think... Feel"3:26
5."Surviving the Life"3:42
6."If You Know What I Mean"3:30
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Street Life" 3:00
2."Home Is a Wounded Heart" 2:40
3."Jungletime" 3:10
4."Signs" 4:17
5."Dry Your Eyes"Neil Diamond, Robbie Robertson3:23

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beautiful Noise - Neil Diamond - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: Neil Diamond: Beautiful Noise". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Jackson, Laura (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion. ECW Press. p. 143. ISBN 1550227076. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Jackson, Laura (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion. ECW Press. p. 145. ISBN 1550227076. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Currin, Brian. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs (A-B)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ "INFINITY CHARTS: German Top 20". Ki.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise - swisscharts.com". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2 September 2018.