Diamond Covers

(Press Release) On May 23rd, Shout! Factory will celebrate the songwriting talents of superstar musician and performer Neil Diamond with a brand new collection of songs on CD. Recorded by a tremendously varied group of artists over an equally expansive period of time, Forever Neil Diamond showcases the wide appeal of these 14 Diamond-penned classics. Beginning with pop band The Monkees� 1967 #2 Billboard pop chart hit �A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You� to the legendary Elvis Presley�s 1970 recording of �And The Grass Won�t Pay No Mind� to alternative rockers Urge Overkill�s cover of �Girl, You�ll Be A Woman Soon,� Diamond�s songs have stood the test of time and successfully traverse musical genres. As Robbie Robertson recently stated, �In the brilliant Tin Pan Alley tradition of songwriters, Neil Diamond is one of the greatest ever.�

Though Diamond remained popular as a performer through the �70s, �80s and �90s, it was UB40�s cover of �Red Red Wine� that took Diamond to the very top of the charts again in 1988, and Neil Diamond became �cool� in the eyes of the Gen-Xers. Alternative band Urge Overkill sealed the deal two years later with �Girl, You�ll Be A Woman Soon� which became a hit when it appeared in the box office giant Pulp Fiction. More recently, Irish punk legend Shane McGowan recorded �Cracklin� Rosie� and indie rockers Crooked Fingers (former members of Archers of Loaf) took their own stab at �Solitary Man.� Forever Neil Diamond includes it all � Motown, R&B, rock �n� roll, bubble gum pop, dance hall, Irish punk and more.

Track List:

The Monkees � �A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You�

Bobby Womack � �Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)�

The Box Tops � �Ain�t No Way�

Urge Overkill � �Girl, You�ll Be A Woman Soon�

Deep Purple � �Kentucky Woman�

Elvis Presley � �And The Grass Won�t Pay No Mind�

Crooked Fingers � �Solitary Man�

Shane McGowan & The Popes � �Cracklin� Rosie�

UB40 � �Red Red Wine�

Arthur Alexander � �Glory Road�

Four Tops � �I�m A Believer�

Lulu � �The Boat That I Row�

Jr. Walker & The All-Stars � �Holly Holy�

The Band with Neil Diamond � �Dry Your Eyes�

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