50 of Rock Music’s Favorite Deep Cuts


25. You Baby from Neil Diamond, The Jazz Singer Soundtrack, 1980.

Neil Diamond has a bulging catalog of great music, most of the best stuff we know. From his early successes of I’m a Believer and A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (recorded by The Monkees) to his duet with Barbara Streisand, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, and of course bar room classics like Sweet Caroline, Neil is a living legend, yet it seems that his music over the years became a guilty pleasure instead of overt enjoyment. In 1980, he released his most successful and memorable work, the soundtrack to The Jazz Singer, a movie where he starred along with Lucie Arnez and Lawrence Olivier. Amid the giant singles like America, Love On the Rocks and Hello Again, you have ten other great tracks. Although I love them all, I choose You Baby as the best obscure track off of this album. The rock song has elements of R&B in there, and Neil’s vocal is in its prime. There are many albums from Diamond out there to explore as early as 1966, but I suggest starting here.
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