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 Neil Diamond
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Rock
Length 42:09
Label Columbia
Producer Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond chronology
The Jazz Singer
On the Way to the Sky
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

On the Way to the Sky is a 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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Yesterday's Songs" Neil Diamond 2:51
2. "On the Way to the Sky" Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager 3:47
3. "Right By You" Neil Diamond, Richard Bennett, Doug Rhone 3:37
4. "Only You" Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren 4:39
5. "Save Me" Neil Diamond 3:23
6. "Be Mine Tonight" Neil Diamond 2:39
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Drifter" Neil Diamond 4:55
2. "Fear of the Marketplace" Neil Diamond 4:18
3. "Rainy Day Song" Neil Diamond, Gilbert Bécaud 4:31
4. "Guitar Heaven" Neil Diamond 3:37
5. "Love Burns" Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren 3:45


  • Neil Diamond - guitar, vocals
  • Richard Bennett, Doug Rhone - guitar
  • Reinie Press - bass
  • Alan Lindgren, Tom Hensley - synthesizer, piano
  • Dennis St. John - drums
  • King Errisson, Vince Charles - percussion
  • Doug Rhone, Julia Waters, Linda Press, Luther Waters, Maxine Waters, Oren Waters, Tom Hensley - background vocals