1976 Neil Diamond – Beautiful Noise

Beautiful Noise is the third album by Neil Diamond on Columbia Records (tenth studio album overall), released in 1976. “Dry Your Eyes” was performed with The Band at their farewell show and is featured in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz.

Beautiful Noise marked a radical departure in production, style, arrangements and compositional diversity for Diamond. It was billed at the time of its release as something of a “comeback” album for the artist, and did mark a new and highly productive phase of his recording and touring career.

The album produced three singles: “If You Know What I Mean”, “Don’t Think… Feel”, and the title track, “Beautiful Noise”. “If You Know What I Mean” was a #1 hit on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and reached #11 on the US Hit Parade. “Don’t Think… Feel” reached #43 in the U.S. charts, while “Beautiful Noise” reached #13 on the UK charts

Tracks

Beautiful Noise (Neil Diamond) 3:24
2  Stargazer (Neil Diamond) 2:43
3  Lady-Oh (Neil Diamond) 3:54
Don’t Think…Feel (Neil Diamond) 3:27
5  Surviving The Life (Neil Diamond) 3:43
If You Know What I Mean (Neil Diamond) 3:43
7  Street Life (Neil Diamond) 3:02
8  Home Is A Wounded Heart (Neil Diamond) 2:44
9  Jungletime (Neil Diamond) 3:11
10  Signs (Neil Diamond) 4:20
11  Dry Your Eyes (Neil Diamond, Robbie Robertson) 3:23

Musicians

1 Beautiful Noise

BassBob Boucher
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarNeil Diamond
GuitarRichard Bennett
MoogAlan Lindgren
AccordionNick DeCaro
HarmonicaTommy Morgan


2 Stargazer

BassBob Boucher
DrumsDennis St. John
BanjoRichard Bennett
UkeleleRichard Bennett
PianoAlan Lindgren
TrumpetBobby Findley


3 Lady-Oh

BassBob Boucher
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarRobbie Robertson
Acoustic GuitarRichard Bennett
PianoDavid Paich
PianoLarry Knechtel
SaxTom Scott


4 Don’t Think…Feel

BassBob Boucher
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarJesse Ed Davis
OrganMac Rebennack
PianoLarry Knechtel
SynthesizerBob Boucher
FluteJerome Richardson
PercussionJoe Lala


5 Surviving The Life

BassBob Boucher
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRichard Bennett
MoogAlan Lindgren
OrganGarth Hudson
PianoAlan Lindgren
PercussionJoe Lala


6 If You Know What I Mean

BassBob Boucher
DrumsDennis St. John
GuitarRichard Bennett
MoogAlan Lindgren
PianoLarry Knechtel
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionDennis St. John


7 Street Life

BassBob Boucher
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarRichard Bennett
GuitarNeil Diamond
PianoBob James
PercussionJoe Lala


8 Home Is A Wounded Heart

BassBob Boucher
PianoLarry Knechtel
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard


9 Jungletime

BassBob Boucher
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarRobbie Robertson
GuitarRichard Bennett
Acoustic GuitarRichard Bennett
PianoAlan Lindgren
SynthesizerJames Newton-Howard
PercussionRuss Kunkel


10 Signs

BassBob Boucher
DrumsJim Gordon
GuitarRichard Bennett
Acoustic GuitarRichard Bennett
Fender RhodesLarry Knechtel
PianoLarry Knechtel
PercussionJim Gordon
Background VocalsLinda Press


11 Dry Your Eyes

BassBob Boucher
DrumsDennis St. John
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarRobbie Robertson
Acoustic GuitarRobbie Robertson
OrganGarth Hudson
PianoLarry Knechtel
HornBobby Findley

Other Musicians

Horns – Art Maebe, Bernie Fleischer, Bill Perkins, Bob Findley, Bobby Bryant, David Duke, Don Menza, Don Waldrop, Ernie Watts, Eugene Young, Gary Grant, Gene Cipriano, Harold Garrett, Hugo Raimondi, Jack Nimitz, Jack Redmond, Jerome Richardson, Lew McCreary, Maurice Spears, Norman Benno, Oscar Brashear, Paul Hubinon, Ralph Lee, Steve Madaio

Strings – Armand Kaproff, Bernard Kundell, David Hungate, Dennis Karmazyn, Elliott Fisher, Glenn Dicterow, Harold Dicterow, Harry Bluestone, Harry Shlutz, Henry Ferber, Herschel Wise, Isabelle Daskoff, James Getzoff, Jay Rosen, Jesse Ehrlich, Joy Lyle, Michael Nowak, Murray Adler, Paul Shure, Ray Kelley, Ronald Folsom, Samuel Boghossian, Selene Hurford, Sidney Sharp, Stanley Plummer, Tibor Zelig, William Kurasch, Yukiko Kamei

Backing Vocals – Carolyn Willis, Clydie King, Gerald Garrett, Jesse Kirkland, Jim Gilstrap, Joe Greene, Julia Waters, Mildred Lane, Mona Lisa Harrington*, Oma Drake, Oren Waters, Venetta Fields, Verlene Rogers

Liner Notes

Producer – Robbie Robertson
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Bob James (Tracks 3, 7, 8, 10)
Arranged By (Strings, Horns) – Nick DeCaro (Tracks 1, 2, 6)
Engineer (Mastering) – Kent Duncan, Rick Collins
Engineer (Mixing) – John Calder, Neil Brody
Engineer (Recording) – Ed Anderson, John Calder, Nat Jeffrey, Neil Brody, Tim Kramer
Mastered By – Allen Zentz

Artwork (Hand Lettering) – Michael Manoogian
Design (Album) – Bob Cato
Photography By – Reid Miles
Photography By (Director Of Photography) – Ron Coro