Neil Diamond To Release 'Acoustic Christmas'
September 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM (PT)
NEIL DIAMOND will release an all-new holiday collection, "Acoustic CHRISTMAS," on CAPITOL RECORDS, OCTOBER 28th, with a vinyl version following on NOVEMBER 19th. The album will feature new recordings of holiday classics and original tracks by DIAMOND, with two songs available exclusively through TARGET.
Commented CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP Chairman/CEO STEVE BARNETT: "With 'Acoustic CHRISTMAS,' NEIL has created a classic holiday album that brims with his singular artistry and an intimate warmth that's so perfectly suited to these timeless CHRISTMAS songs. This a great present for the upcoming holiday season, from NEIL to all of us."
The new collection was produced by DON WAS and JACKNIFE LEE (U2, R.E.M.), the pair behind DIAMOND's acclaimed 2014 release, "Melody Road."
Said WAS: "One need look no further than NEIL's earliest hits to know that something special happens when you set his voice in the middle of a few acoustic guitars: the vibrant expression that lives in the nuances of his singing moves to the forefront and creates a profoundly intimate experience,. The vibe in the studio seems inspired by the folk scene of NEIL's early years in GREENWICH VILLAGE. We had a stellar cast of musicians sitting around in a circle of microphones, eclectic acoustic instruments and CHRISTMAS lights! We had a wonderful time making this record and the good vibes permeate every track."
"He's got such a warm voice, it is like gravy or hot chocolate," added LEE. "The moments that worked so well during those sessions were when NEIL sat with us and played the songs on the sofa, with his acoustic guitar, and we'd all pick up instruments that were lying about and join in. It was like traditional holiday gathering, when small family groups would sing together at home."
O Holy Night
Do You Hear What I Hear
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Mary's Boy Child
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Children Go Where I Send Thee
CHRISTMAS In KILLARNEY
The CHRISTMAS Medley
It's Almost Day
Make A Happy Song
We Wish You A Merry CHRISTMAS