Personnel includes: Neil Diamond, Linda Press (vocals); Richard Bennett, Doug Rhone (guitar); Tom Hensley (piano, keyboards); Alan Lindgren (piano, synthesizer); Reinie Press (bass); Dennis St. John (drums); King Errisson (percussion).
Digitally remastered by Joe Gastwirt.
Kicking off with the nostalgic "Yesterday's Songs," Neil Diamond's mid-1980s collection is a classy consolidation of his baroque songwriting style, incorporating the sexy MOR of "Right By You," and soul-searching songs like the title track and "The Drifter." Diamond is a master at casting himself in the role of the star-crossed lover, while his expertise at putting across his finely realized musical mini-melodramas has rarely been bettered. He's not above a little creative larceny, either--listen for the "Finiculi Finicula" reference in "Save Me," as well as other thinly veiled quotes from the classical canon, in this masterful collection of pop soap operas.