Neil Diamond SerenadeIf you’re a Neil Diamond fan, it is therefore important to note that all Columbia released Diamond titles have been moved over to the Universal umbrella, and will be made available as downloadable sets beginning on July 1. What this means for down the road is not known.

I have been hoping to get remastered reissues of many of the Neil Diamond catalog up through I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight (1977). Beyond that, I’m not that much of a fan anymore.  As with the Stones moveover, all of their non-Abkco catalog were remastered and repackaged using the new label, I hope we will see this in the future.  Nevertheless, not all titles (thus far) are on the DD list (like I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight, which is not…yet).

The titles being made available will include Beautiful Noise (1976), Classics The Early Years (1983), Headed For The Future (1986), Heartlight (1982), In My Lifetime (1996), Live In America (1994), Lovescape (1991), On The Way To The Sky (1981), Primitive (1984), Serenade (1974), Stage Performances 1970-2002 (2003), Tennessee Moon (1996), The Best Of The Movie Album, The Best Years Of Our Lives (1988), The Christmas Album (1992), The Christmas Album, Volume 2 (1994), The Jazz Singer (1980), The Movie Album: As Time Goes By (1998), Up On The Roof: Songs From the Brill Building (1993), and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (1978).

Missing, so far, are Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973), I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight (1977), September Morn (1979), Three Chord Opera (2001), 12 Songs (2005), Home Before Dark (2008), A Cherry Cherry Christmas (2009), Dreams (2010), Hot August Night II (1987), Love At The Greek (1977), Hot August Night/NYC (2010), and a host of compilations too numerous to list.

Here’s hoping for remasters and repackaged reissues.

By MARowe

5 thoughts on “Neil Diamond Columbia Albums Move To Universal – Digital Downloads Coming”
  1. Not sure I understand what this means. Besides having the UMe label affixed to them, what are we getting here? DDs of all the “standard” albums all currently available (at least thru iTunes). There was no mention of these being remastered or did I miss something. I am also hoping that with UNI back in control, we would see remasters and expanded versions of the early albums. (I’ll go as far as Jazz Singer, with bits of TM).
    I would be happy with just repackaged (original artwork) of the original UNI albums (VGamp;s – Moods) with the original mono singles added

    1. That is all we’re getting, just downloadable stuff. Why that is, and what it means,(or what it may mean) is anyone’s guess. The reason I wrote this small piece is to note that the changeover is occurring and what might be down the road. I’m hoping, as you are, for some decent remastering and/or repackaging.

  2. Matt-I seem to vaguely recall something from about a year or so ago, when it was mentioned that Diamond’s catalog was all being put under one umbrella, that everything was supposed to get remastered and reissued. It’s like you are pointing out, we’ll have to see where this goes. I hope it does not stay as only downloads. I was under the impression that all of his albums, from beginning to the present, were supposed to get worked on. Maybe the ones that have not been mentioned for downloads are the ones which will be concentrated on for physical release?

    1. I know! I can’t even imagine him NOT remastering or creating Deluxe Editions. Let’s hope! I want several including Moods, and Serenade.

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