Neil Diamond: Stones (UNI 93106)
Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 20 January 1972
REMEMBER HOW embarrassed you felt on first listening to Neil Diamond destroy 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' only to decide on the tenth hearing that his version wasn't that horrible after all? Those feelings are multiplied sixfold with Stones. Diamond has bucked his habit of recording mostly his own material and has selected six famous ballads by other writers. On first hearing the album sounds like it deserves to be thrown out the window, but after a time one gets friendlier towards Diamond's interpretations.
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