Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades while becoming a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame along the way. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Diamond's brilliant career, UMe will be reissuing four of his classic albums on 180g vinyl including 1976's Beautiful Noise.
As the American bicentennial celebrations started to come to life in the early summer of 1976, Diamond was already a decade into his US singles chart career, and ready for what would be his 37th appearance on that countdown. On the Billboard Hot 100 for June 19, 1976, Diamond's Beautiful Noise album produced a new entry in the stirring "If You Know What I Mean."
The single appeared at the same time as the album, produced by Robbie Robertson of The Band. He may not have been the most obvious collaborator for the Brooklyn singer-songwriter, but he certainly helped steer Diamond's sound into some new areas. The partnership continued when "Dry Your Eyes," from the Beautiful Noise album, was performed at The Band's farewell concert, immortalized in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz film.