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A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Neil - An Indie Tribute to Neil Diamond

by Various Artists

What you have here are Neil Diamond songs re-done in the style of the artist. Everything from Power-pop to Americana, Punk to Electronica and everything in between. The vast variety of styles on this CD show how Neil Diamond has influenced all elements
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1. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show Desperation Squad
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2. I'm a Believer Michael Ubaldini
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3. You Don't Bring Me Flowers Silver Needle
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4. Sweet Caroline The Eddies
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3:26 album only
5. Kentucky Woman Flamin' Locos
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6. Porcupine Pie Truckee Brothers
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7. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Jeremy Morris
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2:54 album only
8. Broad Old Woman Statica
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3:35 album only
9. Cracklin' Rose Moonshine Mountain Boys
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10. You Got to Me Four Eyes
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11. Solitary Man The Relatives
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12. You're so Sweet Mark Prudeaux
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13. Coming to America Lift Off
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14. Thank the Lord for the Nighttime The Shambles
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15. Cherry, Cherry Danny Dean & the Homewreckers
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16. A Modern Day Version of Love Megamanic
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Neil is filled with the finest new talent from California to Australia. This CD is packed with great sounding fun renditions to both Neil Diamond hits and obscure songs.


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CDreviews.com by Scott Homewood

if you like Neil Diamond’s music you are going to just love this CD
Though the title of this tribute is taken from one of Diamond's own songs (a song the Monkees recorded way back in the mid '60's) it is more than a bit misleading. All true fans of pop music know there can never be just "a little bit" of Neil Diamond. As kitschy as he is today (hilariously played up to the hilt in the film Saving Silverman where a main hook of the movie rests on the three principals being members of a Diamond tribute band), at one point in the 70’s he was a major star who hit the charts quite often, both as artist and songwriter. Starting out at the famed Brill Building in NYC (famed for the many extraordinary songwriters who had offices there) Diamond first made his mark writing songs for big-name artists like the Monkees, one of the first acts to have hits with his songs. Diamond soon progressed to having hits of his own and charted many times until the new wave explosion and MTV knocked him off the charts for good in the early 80’s.

More soft-pop than rock and roll by that time, the youth must have gasped when seeing a middle-aged, mutton-chopped man singing songs like “Forever in Bluejeans” and “Heartlight.” His obsolescence was near instantaneous. While not hitting the charts himself anymore, acts like UB40 and, more recently, Smashmouth have scored big hits by covering his songs, giving his work a legitimacy he never had as an AM radio star. Now, he is actually better known as an excellent songwriter than as an artist. Most punk and garage rock bands know “(I'm Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” by heart and all of his Monkee hits (“I'm A Believer,” “A Little bit Me, A Little Bit You” among others) are now regarded as classic pop songs.

It is fitting then, that a bunch of indie acts would pay tribute to Diamond's songwriting genius by recording an album full of his songs. While most will not recognize the acts on this CD, all are reasonably well known within their genre. Jeremy Morris, for example, is the owner of power pop label Jam Records and turns in a great version of this CD's title tune “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.” He plays everything himself, as is his wont, and manages to do great justice to Diamond's composition. Rockabilly artist Michael Ubaldini does a great turn on “I'm A Believer,” giving the song a country-rock stomp Michael Nesmith would be proud of. Other artists on this tribute do electronica, punk, folk - all sorts of different styles, which illustrates how adaptable Diamonds songs are to any format. While not the best tribute CD I have ever heard, if you like Neil Diamond’s music you are going to just love this CD. Great stuff.

Ralph Bukofzer

Neil Diamond - A little bit different
If you collect Neil Diamond covers here's an opportunity to get 16 in one place and many are of songs never or rarely covered. These bands and singers put their own style on Neil's songs making the album all the more interesting.

Sam Re


This CD rocks. I love the versions of You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Porcupine Pie and Modern Day Version of Love.
Not to say that the other covers are bad, but those rock baby. True Diamond Heads will love this record. Thanks to all the Indie Artists who were involved in this recording.

Nan

Pick this one up - you wont regret it
Initially bought the CD because it was a new cover of Neil Diamond songs. But, when I played it and listened, I was greatly surprised and pleased with what I heard. Each one of the songs is very well done by each artist. Totally enjoyed hearing their version of the song they picked. Whether they decided to pep it up a bit more or not, each artist did it their way. This is definitely a keeper and I will play this one more often. I recommend getting it just to hear new blood singing Neil's songs quite well.

Nan

Pick this one up - you wont regret it
Initially bought the CD because it was a new cover of Neil Diamond songs. But, when I played it and listened, I was greatly surprised and pleased with what I heard. Each one of the songs is very well done by each artist. Totally enjoyed hearing their version of the song they picked. Whether they decided to pep it up a bit more or not, each artist did it their way. This is definitely a keeper and I will play this one more often. I recommend getting it just to hear new blood singing Neil's songs quite well.

Rich Basta

It totally rocks!
This CD has all the great hits sung in an up-tempo, rocking style that sacrifices none of the original charm of the Diamond classics. You Got to Me by Four Eyes is a knock-down, flat-out best cover version of a Diamond song. Period.

Robert Kinsler / Orange County Register

I nod to Neil Diamond
Various Artists, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Neil" (Delirium Records) - With artists ranging from Green Day and U2 to Madonna having been the subject of recent tribute collections, it should come as no surprise the music of Neil Diamond would eventually be celebrated.
Several Orange County-based artists grace "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Neil," an ambitious 16-track disc. Singer-guitarist Michael Ubaldini delivers a gutsy and rollicking "I'm a Believer," with the Fountain Valley rocker providing a extended and driving version that shares little in common with the Monkees' pop-rock hit.
The Relatives offer a driving Social Distortion-styled version of Diamond's best song, "Solitary Man," while Lift Off's '80s keyboard-anchored sound is a perfect fit with the inspired "Coming to America"

Ramy

You got to own it. Your CD colletion can't be called "eclectic" without it.
Desperation Squad's version of Brother's Love Travelin' Show itself merits the $12 and ruulz. Other favorites are Porcupine Pie and Kentucky Woman. There are a couple more good ones too, but if you have a corny side to your personality, then every track promises a good feeling...or a least a goofy laugh.

Boston Herald By Christopher John Treacy

16-band compilation is unfalteringly top-notch.
Despite Diamond's current absence from hit radio, his celebrity is at an all-time high. A half-dozen tribute discs have been recorded in the past decade, though most have been pure schmaltz. But Delirium Records recently has released ``A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Neil,'' on which a smattering of indie bands conjure solid covers without a hint of irreverence or ill-meant mockery. All kidding aside, they do a commendable job of respecting Diamond's musical output.

In fact, the 16-band compilation is unfalteringly top-notch. From Desperation Squad's frolicking ``Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show'' and Silver Needle's punked-up ``You Don't Bring Me Flowers'' to the Mountain Boys' bluegrass-tinted gallop through ``Cracklin' Rosie,'' it's never been more obvious that Diamond's songwriting transcends the dated arrangements with which we're most familiar.

Shredding Paper / Mel

I don’t like tribute albums, but this one is a lot of fun
“A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit Neil” CD A tribute to former Monkees songwrighter Neil Diamond. 99% of these “tribute” projects are dodgey at best. Actually I’m being way too kind; they exist to fill the bins in the compilation section at used CD stores. This one is certainly a cut above. Silver Needle do a heck of a job on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. Jeremy Morris’ version of the Monkees “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” is another winner. There are other solid covers here by Desparation Squad, Flamin Locos, Moonshine Mountain Boys, etc. I don’t like tribute albums, but this one is a lot of fun. Mel