Neil Diamond

Love Songs [1972]

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Coming off the success of his starring role in 1980's The Jazz Singer, which spawned hits like "Love on the Rocks" and "America," MCA issued this themed Neil Diamond compilation in 1981 hoping to revive interest in some older cuts like the lovely "Stones," "Play Me," and others from his late-'60s/early-'70s heyday. A champion of the romantic ballad, it's not too hard to find a love song on a Neil Diamond album. Still, this is a fairly well-curated selection that drew attention to some nice album tracks that never would have shown up on a more standard greatest-hits compilation.

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