By SDCN Staff
Los Angeles, CA–On October 28, Capitol/UMe will celebrate the full breadth of Neil Diamond’s holiday spirit with the release of “A Neil Diamond Christmas,” a special, artist-curated compilation of the greatest songs culled from Diamond’s four beloved and best-selling Christmas albums.
The tracks Diamond has personally selected for this compilation all originally appeared on September 1992’s “The Christmas Album,” October 1994’s “The Christmas Album Volume II,” October 2009’s “A Cherry Cherry Christmas,” and November 2016’s “Acoustic Christmas.”
A”Neil Diamond Christmas” will appear in four physical configurations: 2LP 180-gram black vinyl, an exclusive, limited-edition gold opaque 2LP 180-gram vinyl, 2CD, and 1CD. All of the tracks on the album have been newly remastered under the artist’s direction by Neil’s longtime engineer, Bernie Becker. Additionally, Diamond and Becker created a stunning new mix of “O Holy Night,” originally released on “The Christmas Album.”
Critics have praised Diamond’s holiday originals while celebrating the inventive arrangements of the more traditional songs, singling out his “trademark gritty soul and flair for inflection” while also noting his performances are “much more than a man and a guitar.”
Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 10 albums, making appearances in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for a total of 101 weeks. In addition, he has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums, and 12 Multi-Platinum albums.
A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and has also received The Johnny Mercer Award and the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond’s many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award, and 2009’s NARAS’s MusiCares Person of the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture.