Headed for the Future

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Headed for the Future
Neil Diamond - Headed for the Future.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 11, 1986
Recorded1985
GenrePop rock
Length39:28
LabelColumbia
ProducerNeil Diamond, David Foster, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Maurice White, Greg Phillinganes, Stevie Wonder
Neil Diamond chronology
Primitive
(1984)
Headed for the Future
(1986)
Hot August Night II
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Headed for the Future is the seventeenth studio album released by Neil Diamond in 1986. The album went to number 20 on the Billboard 200 and also heralded a return to the pop charts, when the uptempo, keyboard-heavy title track, "Headed for the Future" reached #53 (also cracking the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart). Another single, "The Story of My Life" narrowly missed the top ten on the adult contemporary charts[2] and has since become one of Neil Diamond's best-known and well-respected songs. Headed for the Future has been certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Headed for the Future"Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren4:05
2."The Man You Need"Neil Diamond, David Foster4:01
3."I'll See You on the Radio (Laura)"Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager3:48
4."Stand up for Love"Martin Page, Greg Phillinganes, Maurice White2:55
5."It Should Have Been Me"Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance4:27
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Lost in Hollywood"Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder4:18
7."The Story of My Life"Neil Diamond3:41
8."Angel"Bobby Caldwell, Steve Kipner4:01
9."Me Beside You"Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager3:54
10."Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore"Bobby Caldwell, William Meyers4:18

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Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position Country
1986 Billboard 200 20 US
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1986 "Headed for the Future" Adult Contemporary 10 US
1986 "Headed for the Future" Billboard Hot 100 53 US
1986 "Story of My Life" Adult Contemporary 11 US

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Credits[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Neil Diamond – main performer on all tracks

"Headed for the Future"[edit]

(These musicians were at the time all members of Neil Diamond's official backing band, known as "Diamondville",[4][5])

"The Man You Need"[edit]

"I'll See You on the Radio (Laura)"[edit]

"Stand Up for Love"[edit]

"It Should Have Been Me"[edit]

"Lost in Hollywood"[edit]

"The Story of My Life"[edit]

  • Lists the same musicians here as were listed for the "Headed for the Future" track; obviously, not all of those musicians performed on this track as well. It is possible that Diamond himself might have performed some of the instrumentation (such as piano and/or acoustic guitar) uncredited.

"Angel"[edit]

"Me Beside You"[edit]

"Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore"[edit]

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Production[edit]

  • Producers – Neil Diamond (Tracks 1 & 7); Tom Henley and Alan Lindgren (Track 1); David Foster (Tracks 2 & 5); Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager (Tracks 3 & 9); Maurice White and Greg Phillinganes (Tracks 4, 8); Stevie Wonder (Track 6).
  • Production Assistants – Ned Brown, Barry Cardinale, Larry E. Williams and Alison Zanetos.
  • Production Coordination – Sam Cole, Frank DeCaro, Chris Earthy and Geri White.
  • Recording Engineers – John Arrias, Humberto Gatica, Mick Guzauski, John Patterson, Tom Perry, David Schober and Allen Sides.
  • Assistant Engineers – Bino Espinoza, Dan Garcia, Bob Harlan, Darren Klein, Bob Loftus, Steve MacMillan, Richard McKernon, Claudio Ordenes, Mike Ross, Karen Siegel and Jeffrey Woodruff.
  • Mixing – Bill Bottrell, Humberto Gatica, Mick Guzauski, Gary Olazabal and Allen Sides.
  • Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Bill Schnee Studios, Motown Recording Studios, Lion Share Recording and Wonderland Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Conway Studios and Soundcastle (Hollywood, CA); Chartmaker Studios (Malibu, CA); Grover Helseley Recording Inc.
  • Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Music Contractor – Frank DeCaro
  • Art Direction – David Kirschner
  • Design – David Kirschner and Jan Weinberg
  • Photography – Herb Ritts

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d "Headed for the Future - Overview". allmusic.com. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
  3. ^ "RIAA Certification for Neil Diamond: Headed For The Future". riaa.com.
  4. ^ Information from the Diamondville website
  5. ^ Ron Tutt's entry in DrummerWorld; includes a photograph of the bandmembers a bit over halfway down the page
  6. ^ Liner Notes of the Headed for the Future album