Artist: Neil Diamond | Album: A Cherry Cherry Christmas | Released: 2009 | Label: Columbia | Catalog #: 886975689224 | Genre: Easy listening, Pop Rock | Country: USA | Duration: 00:45:36
A Cherry Cherry Christmas is the third Christmas album and also the twenty-eighth studio album by singer-songwriter Neil Diamond. The album was released on October 13, 2009, and is Diamond's third album of holiday music. It includes a cover Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song", which Diamond recorded because, he explained, "There are so many beautiful Christmas songs around and so few Hanukkah songs."
Five decades into his career, Neil Diamond has finally made the album of his dreams. Columbia Records is proud to release Dreams, a new 14-song collection of the legendary singer/songwriter's interpretations of his favorite songs of other composers from the rock era.
"You never know how long you've got and a lot of these songs have been waiting for me to record them for 40 years," says the soon-to-be-70-year-old musical legend.
Known primarily as a quintessential songwriter and record-breaking stage performer, Diamond showcases his distinctive skills as a singer on Dreams.
The album includes music that deeply influenced Diamond as a young man growing up in Brooklyn, starting with "Let It Be Me," popularized by the Everly Brothers in 1960. The listener gets to time travel with Neil as he beautifully renders The Beatles' stunning and spare "Blackbird" and the mournful "Yesterday," Leon Russell's underrated classic "A Song for You," Gilbert O'Sullivan's heart-stopping "Alone Again (Naturally)," Bill Withers soulful "Ain't No Sunshine" and other well-known classics from the '60s and '70s.
Diamond also tackles hidden gems from his musical contemporaries including "Don't Forget Me," from the late Harry Nilsson, and the Randy Newman compositions, "Feels Like Home" and the poignant "Losing You."
Diamond gets down to the basics on this album, accompanied by a single guitar for Glenn Frey and Don Henley's cautionary "Desperado" and a breathtaking performance of Leonard Cohen's celebrated "Hallelujah."
Diamond even includes a never-before-heard reinterpretation of his own evergreen, "I'm a Believer," the biggest selling record of 1966 and a massive hit for The Monkees in a year when The Beatles dominated the airwaves.
01. Cherry Cherry Christmas
02. Sleigh Ride
03. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
04. White Christmas
05. Christmas Dream
06. The Christmas Song
07. Deck the Halls - We Wish You a Merry Christmas
08. Jingle Bell Rock
09. You Make It Feel Like Christmas
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Joy to the World
12. Amazing Grace
13. Meditations on a Winter Night (instrumental)
14. The Chanukah Song