Friday, December 01, 2006
Neil Diamond Reteams With Producer Rick Rubin
This is the best news of the day. Neil Diamond is following up "12 Songs" with a new collaboration with producer Rick Rubin. It might be a covers album, all originals, a mix of the two or who knows what. Clearly, though, they're in it for the long haul which is great. Diamond has written a lot of great songs over the years but "12 Songs" was by far his most satisfying work on a single album. The Billboard item says Diamond has just recovered from "depression" over the fiasco of that album's release, which sounds like an exaggeration but probably wasn't. Diamond had delivered the best album of his career, got great reviews and then his label screwed it up by putting the CD out with idiotic copyright coding that was so intrusive into people's computers and so outrageous that the album had to be pulled from stores. (As if most of Diamond's presumably older fans are pirating CDs in the first place.) "12 Songs" is being reissued on Dec 12 with demos and the such, but that hardly seems necessary since the songs are pretty demo-y in the first place. But anything to bring it more attention is fine by me.