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Bit late on this one, but last Friday’s UK Top 100 Album Chart saw Classic Diamonds jump 25 places to #20 on the Chart and All Time Greatest Hits showing an even greater gain, leaping from #77 to #18. Clearly the previous weeks “Neil Night” on BBC4 influenced this, but Neil’s UK chart performance is good to see nonetheless and he has maintained his presence on the chart, through and beyond the Christmas period, when much publicised albums from the likes of Bruce Springsteen (the excellent Letter to You), Kylie, Gary Barlow and Paul McCartney, all released around the same time as Classic Diamonds, have disappeared from the chart completely. The album which peaked at #2, may well have been the Christmas #1 had it not been for Taylor Swifts belated and unexpected Evermore release.
All Time Greatest Hits which has enjoyed a sustained but curious chart run, has now clocked up nearly 90 weeks on the chart, largely broken up by a series re entries over a near 7 year period since it’s release. Originally the Album peaked at #25 and went Platinum in August of last year, so last Friday’s marks ATGH highest chart placing to date. I wonder how many albums have achieved so long after it’s original release? Given the fickle nature of the Charts these days (Suckapunch came in at #1 w/e 22nd, but were nowhere to be seen last week), then Classic Diamonds will probably run out steam sooner rather than later. But I would expect ATGH to keep disappearing and re appearing for a few years yet, clocking up well over 100 weeks on the chart and probably going double platinum in the process.