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Neil Diamond – Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (1969)

It’s almost exactly 9 years since my dad died and I wanted to post a record that reminds me of him – a song that he would often play himself. (I’ve previously posted a couple of records that remind me of the day he passed away, here and here).

Now, to this end, I could have chosen anything from the back catalogue of, ahem, Boney M (“Ma Baker” and “Daddy Cool” being particularly strong contenders ….) or Abba, Shirley Bassey, Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. etc.

However, my strongest musical memories of my dad are related to Neil Diamond and, in particular, a cassette of Neil’s greatest hits that we played on constant rotation while driving round the Seychelles in 1974 in a hired Mini Moke. An idyllic holiday with the sun always shining and the surf always up. I was 10.

Looking back, “Sweet Caroline”, “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “Song Sung Blue” were stellar pop records that are more than worth a place on this blog in their own right. And from earlier, Neil’s “Solitary Man” (1966) is a remarkable record that Johnny Cash rightly restored to the pantheon of pop classics at the start of this century.

However, I’ve gone for “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show” because I love the fast/slow, loud/quiet dynamics of the record and also because it reminds me of how my dad (re-) found religion and the church in the late 1980s/early 1990s after my mum died. This I never managed to connect with but it meant the world to him.

One for you, dad.

The original studio version then live on the BBC in 1971.


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