From the New York Times…Stages Review

NEIL DIAMOND: ‘STAGES: PERFORMANCES 1970-2002’ (Columbia, five CD’s and one DVD, $59.98 ) A new live set from Mr. Diamond is hardly a rarity, but “Stages” is a well-conceived addition to the canon. Great care has been taken to avoid overlap with Mr. Diamond’s other albums, yet the discs capture all the romantic crescendos, glitter-encrusted folk and modest jokes of a classic Neil Diamond show. Two of the discs document a Las Vegas concert from 2002; two others span his career, including covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Elton John and the Beach Boys; and the fifth CD — the only excruciating one here — consists entirely of Christmas songs. Finally, the DVD includes footage from a recent Dublin show and a loving documentary of his band’s madcap antics on the road, like playing golf.


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