Beautiful Noise

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Beautiful Noise
Beautifulnoise.jpg
Studio album by Neil Diamond
Released 1976
Recorded 1975-76
Genre Pop, rock, R&B, soul
Length 37:40
Label Columbia
Producer Robbie Robertson
Neil Diamond chronology
Serenade
(1974)Serenade1974
Beautiful Noise
(1976)
And the Singer Sings His Song
(1976)And the Singer Sings His Song1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 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 #1 hit on Billboard's Easy Listening chart and reached #11 on the US Hit Parade.[3] "Don't Think... Feel" reached #43 in the U.S. charts, while "Beautiful Noise" reached #13 on the UK charts.[4]

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. Title Length
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. Title Writer(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 Robertson 3:23

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r5661
  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. 
Preceded by
Howzat by Sherbet
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
26 July - 8 August 1976
16–29 August 1976
Succeeded by
A Night on the Town by Rod Stewart