On the Way to the Sky

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On the Way to the Sky
On the Way to the Sky cover.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 1981
Recorded1981
GenreRock
Length42:09
LabelColumbia
ProducerNeil Diamond
Neil Diamond chronology
The Jazz Singer
(1980)
On the Way to the Sky
(1981)
Heartlight
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

On the Way to the Sky is the fourteenth studio album released by Neil Diamond in 1981. It contained the hit "Yesterday's Songs", which reached number 11 and the title track which peaked at number 27 in the US. The album marked a transition into a period of creative and commercial decline for him that lasted, to one degree or another, until the release of the 2001 album Three Chord Opera, followed by his collaboration with producer Rick Rubin and the release of 2005's 12 Songs and 2008's Home Before Dark. While Diamond continued having some success, some significant periodic hits, and some television specials and film appearances, the period beginning with the release of On the Way to the Sky did not have for him the same level of sales, notoriety or fame that the preceding times did.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Yesterday's Songs"Neil Diamond2:51
2."On the Way to the Sky"Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager3:47
3."Right By You"Neil Diamond, Richard Bennett, Doug Rhone3:37
4."Only You"Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren4:39
5."Save Me"Neil Diamond3:23
6."Be Mine Tonight"Neil Diamond2:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Drifter"Neil Diamond4:55
2."Fear of the Marketplace"Neil Diamond4:18
3."Rainy Day Song"Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud4:31
4."Guitar Heaven"Neil Diamond3:37
5."Love Burns"Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren3:45

Personnel[edit]

  • Neil Diamond – lead vocals, guitar, arrangements (5)
  • Richard Bennett – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Doug Rhone – guitar, backing vocals
  • Reinie Press – bass guitar
  • Alan Lindgren – keyboards, synthesizer, acoustic piano, orchestra arrangements and conductor (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10)
  • Tom Hensley – keyboards, acoustic piano, backing vocals, orchestra arrangements and conductor (4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Dennis St. John – drums
  • King Errisson – percussion
  • Vince Charles – percussion
  • Patricia Henderson – backing vocals
  • Linda Press – backing vocals
  • H.L. Voelker – backing vocals
  • Julia Waters – backing vocals
  • Luther Waters – backing vocals
  • Maxine Waters – backing vocals
  • Oren Waters – backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Neil Diamond
  • Co-Producer – Dennis St. John
  • Associate Producers – Andy Bloch, Ron Hitchcock and Alan Lindgren.
  • Engineered and Mixed by Andy Bloch and Ron Hitchcock
  • Assistant Engineers – Bill Benton, David Bianco, Jack Crymes, Mark Eshelman, Brad Gilderman, John Markland, Karen Segal and Gary Singleman.
  • Recorded at Arch Angel Studios, Record Plant and The Village Recorder (Los Angeles, CA); Sunset Sound Recorders and Cherokee Studios (Hollywood, CA).
  • Mastered by Mike Reese at The Mastering Lab (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – David Kirschner
  • Artwork – Jan Weinberg
  • Photography – Kenneth McGowan

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[2] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ On the Way to the Sky at AllMusic
  2. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Neil Young – On the Way to the Sky". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  3. ^ "British album certifications – Neil Young – On the Way to the Sky". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type On the Way to the Sky in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Neil Young – On the Way to the Sky". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 June 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.