Personnel: Neil Diamond (vocals); Dean Parks, Lee Ritenour, Doug Rhone (guitar); David Boruff (alto saxophone); David Foster, Burt Bacharach, Michael Omartian (piano); Neil Steubenhaus (bass); Jim Keltner, Alex Acuna (drums); Paulinho Da Costa, King Errisson, Victor Feldman (percussion); Julia Tillman Waters, Maxine Willard Waters (background vocals).
Producers include: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Alan Lindgren, Tom Hensley.
Although Diamond has continued to sell healthy quantities of his albums and to fill arenas for his concerts, Heartlight and its title song, which was a Top Ten hit, were his last record releases as what might be called "a front'line artist," one who makes contemporary music for a contemporary audience and sells a million copies on release. It's a typical album for Diamond at this point, full of romantic sentiments rendered in highly produced settings and employing the cream of L.A. studio musicians, but lacking the excitement of his early work and the ambition of his middle period. ~ William Ruhlmann