This listing is for Neil Diamond - I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight VHS.
Format: Color, NTSC
Rated: NR - Not Rated
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Lions Gate
VHS Release Date: October 29, 1986
Run Time: 60 minutes
This is a T.V. special from 1977 that was aired in conjunction with the release of the album "I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight".
It opens with him nervous before a live concert in England (I wish they had showed some of the concert), and then moves to a recording studio for Free Man in Paris from the album. Next is a time filler in the form of a video clip of him playing chess in a park with some old men during the song Morningside, followed by 3 songs from the album (Desiree, Let Me Take You In My Arms Again, and the title song) which he performs in the television studio with his band without an audience. There is an interesting segment of him working with the Bergmans on the lyrics for You Don't Bring Me Flowers and then recording the song solo for this album. Barbra Streisand was added in a later version. There is another time filler with clips from the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull while he sings Lonely Looking Sky and Skybird unseen. The end is a medley in the t.v. studio again of Song Sung Blue, Sweet Caroline, Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Brother Love, and I Am I Said. The music specials of the 70's were never too special, this one is better than most because of Neil Diamond being such a dynamic performer. All of the songs were recorded live with the band and an orchestra for the special, he is more restrained than in concert performance, but that's not always a bad thing. He looked and sounded great,a sincere effort, he gets 5 stars even though the special is choppy. A good addition to your collection.
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