Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Hello Again" by Neil Diamond

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0481
Date:  01/31/1981
Debut:  32
Peak:  6
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Soundtrack, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Diamond followed up one of his biggest hits, the #2 "Love On the Rocks," with this ballad from "The Jazz Singer" soundtrack. The film, starring Diamond, had been released and was not a big box office draw, but the soundtrack was shaping up to be his best-selling LP in the US.

ReduxReview:   Although for me not as good as "Love On the Rocks," this is still a quality Diamond ballad. "Rocks" had some fireworks to it which made it stand out. This one is a bit more low-key and subtle and it would be his last really great slow song to hit the chart.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  From his first album in 1966 and through his peak hit-making years, Diamond never had a #1 album. The closest he got was the #2 peak of 1973's "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" soundtrack. But he finally reached the top spot decades later in 2008 when his "Home Before Dark" disc finally grabbed the top spot its first week on the chart. At the time, Diamond also became the oldest artist to have a #1 album. He was 67. However, the following year Bob Dylan would claim the distinction and then Tony Bennett would shatter the record when at age 85 he hit #1 with his 2011 album "Duets."


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