Moods


Neil Diamond Album of the Month


January 1998

“I got music running in my brain,
Every song with it's own kind of meaning,
Cleanse the soul and wash away the pain,
Baptized by the song that you're singing.”
---Neil Diamond, 1972

Welcome to the January 1998 installment of our ‘Album of the Month’ feature. This month the spotlight is on Moods, released in 1972. Many thanks to all the fans who responded to our Moods poll. The results of the poll are below, as well as lyrics to all the songs from Moods and many fan comments about the album. If you don’t have a Moods CD or tape, check out CD NOW! and buy it online. You can have your CD or tape delivered to your door in just a few days!
 
Moods Poll Results

Song Total Points
(+1 pt for fav song vote
-1 pt for least fav song)
Favorite Least
Favorite
Play Me 32 33 1
Morningside 28 30 2
Walk on Water 4 9 5
Canta Libre 4 13 9
Captain Sunshine -1 7 8
Song Sung Blue -6 12 18
Gitchy Goomy -11 3 14
Porcupine Pie -12 4 16
High Rolling Man -13 3 16

 

Moods: Song Selections and Lyrics:

  1. Song Sung Blue
  2. Porcupine Pe
  3. High Rolling Man
  4. Canta Libre
  5. Captain Sunshine
  6. Play Me
  7. Gitchy Goomy
  8. Walk on Water
  9. Morningside

 

Moods: Reader’s Comments

There were 101 total participants in this month’s poll -- Here are most of the comments I recieved from the fans........thanks again to all who took part!

I bought the Moods album back in 1972 and thousands of repeated playings of it have not lessened my enjoyment of it. I especially love "Morningside" which I consider one of Neil's best ballads. This album, along with JLS, turned me into a devout lover of Neil's music. I rank Moods as one of Neil's top five albums.

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I think it is great. I feel like Neil spends time on his albums unlike other musicians who just slap together and album and clothes that look like poop. I think his wardrobe is excellent.

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I enjoy hearing anything Neil sings. He has never done any song that I disliked.

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Joe - I wish I could rate this one a 4-1/2. If it's not in my top two, then certainly in the top 3. Moods and Hot August Night were my first two Neil albums. I bought them the same day, sometime in 1973. I played both of them over, and over and over again. Every time I'd listen to HAN, I'd dream of the day I would get to see Neil perform live. Of course, nobody did for a while, but I finally got my chance in 1976. The cover of Moods is still my favorite photo of Neil. I remember looking at Moods, then looking at HAN and wondering how it could possibly be the same person!! I fell in love with Neil's music because of Moods and HAN. Actually, to be specific, it was "Play Me" that hooked me on Neil. I'm so glad I made the decision to buy both albums back in then. It was the start of many wonderful Neil-memories.

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You know, for a long time I wondered about the title "Moods". I contemplated about why one would name a collection of songs "Moods". It wasn't until I sat down and listened to this album thinking of this when I realized why. The real evidence for me was "Walk on Water". That is what showed me how these songs portrayed moods. That song is powerful and I would very much enjoy doing it karaoke someday. My favorite song is Gitchy Goomy. It is a fun song that I still don't fully understand. Captain Sunshine is a beautiful song. The only thing I ever fast-forward is the instrumental part. I think it is a fascinating album, the best one Neil did on the MCA label.

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The Moods album cannot be overlooked as some very vital and most meaningful lyrics come from this group of songs, namely "Play Me" and "Morningside". These songs were written during the time when Neil did his most inner reflections and proved to be some of his best poetry in song.

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I've been a fan of his since 1969. Have almost all of his albums and all of his music on discs. Will continue to buy everything that he records.

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This album came out when I was 16 yrs. old. I had met Neil in person the previous year so to me, ANYTHING Neil releasd I would have loved. However, realistically, I do feel that this ranks in the top 10 of his albums. I enjoyed the diversity of the songs (both lyrics and music)and found the LP holder unique. PLAY ME was an instant favorite as well as MORNINSIDE which to this day still moves me to tears. Definitely a "must have" for any Neil fan.

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This is Neil at his simplest!! Three or four chords in a song - delivering the message straight to your heart. Not to mention the "icing on the Porcupine Pie"... Lee Holdridge's spectacular arrangments!!! WOW...this is everything an album should be!!!

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I THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY GOOD ALBUM. I LOVE THE PICTURE OF NEIL ON THE COVER. I LIKE ALL OF THE SONGS. THERE ARE ONLY THREE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM THAT I LIKE A LITTLE LESS THAN THE OTHERS. WHAT CAN I SAY, I JUST LOVE NEIL'S MUSIC!

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I did enjoy this album, but it is not my very favorite.

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Pretty good album by Neil. Any album that contains Song Sung Blue and Morningside can't be bad at at all. Some songs are a little goofy (Gitchy Goomy). However, my favorite song on this album is Walk on Water. It has such a great gospel feel and a dancing beat, I am surprised Neil hasn't done it live.

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The Moods album was the release that really made me an avid Diamond fan. I always enjoyed Neil's music, right from "Solidary Man" but the quality of his voice in Captain Sunshine, the lyrics of Morningside and the fun of Porcupine Pie helped make me a true believer. (yes, "I'm A Believer").

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Next to Beautiful Noise, I'd say this is Neil's best. There really isn't a song on the album that I don't like. I feel he really hit his stride starting with this album. From about 1972 through 1976 he did some of his best stuff. After those years there were some good albums (and some bad ones too), but nothing that flowed as well as these ones did.

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This album is in my view an unparalleled masterpiece of pop-music; it ranges very, very high in terms of the creativity, originality and musicality of its creator/composer. It makes Neil deserve a place in pop history.

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A very special albumn for my wife and I as we fell in love listening to this albumn back in 1973. This albumn turned both of us into Diamond Heads and still play it for our special occassions. Truly a masterpiece

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Easily one of Neil's most artistic works (Serenade being the contender). Not a bad song on the album.

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I love it with a passion and have since l972, and I have most all of his earlier records. I love him too. Now I have my favorites on CDs. Back in l972, when I became a widow, his music brought me through my grief and saved my life .

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From the first time I heard this album and each time i have played it since, It always takes me to a place where love meets the reality of living, and lives in my heart in the deepest expressions of love. This album is indeed still a pop classic

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I remember buying the album back in the early 1970's. Moods is a very mellow album. I still play it often. Song Sung Blue was the big chart hit. It went to number 1.

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comments-> I enjoy this album especially for Canta Libre. That's a really moving song and Neil's voice is beautiful. Song Sung Blue reminds me of a time when I felt down. That song made me feel I wasn't alone.

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This is the album that made him a player. After this album, he was in the big time, and for that, it is important. The luxury of big time is more time to concentrate on your muse, and the success of Moods led to America, I've Been This Way Before, etc.

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all of the older songs are great.

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This album takes me back to the good old days. Neil was definitely in prime form. There is not a single song on this album that I don't like! Time to get out the old vinyl and have a listen......

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All of Neil's songs are brillant, and it's hard to chose a particular favourite out of all of them. Saying that CANTA LIBRE has been my special song for a long time, so I guess the MOODS album has to be one of his best.

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Moods was one of the first albums I ever bought. "Song Sung Blue" on the radio first introduced me to Neil Diamond. I went out and got 2 albums, "Hot August Night" and "Moods". I consider these to be the best albums in the 70s. "Moods" was a perfect name for the album. Listening to it will evoke many different feelings and thoughts... from the gospel-tinged/spiritual/African-influenced drumbeats of "Walk On Water" to the silly funsongs, "Gitchy Goomy" and "Porcupine Pie"... the sad lament of "Morningside" to the romantic ballad, "Play Me"...from the rocking "High Rolling Man to the tranquil "Captain Sunshine". Yes, I rate "Moods" high on the best of Neil's work.

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One of my favorites. Simple easy lyrics....fun to listen to. Catchy melodies that stay with you.

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I am 19 years old and have been listening to Neil literally since I was born. Since I'm a biggest fan of Neil's Bang and UNI/MCA periods, "Moods" is naturally one of my favorites. After all, I do own the CD, cassette, and four copies of it on vinyl !!

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Moods is one of my favorites. It has everything... beautiful ballads, a couple of "fun" songs, a couple of rocking tunes. Neil's voice on this album is terrific. After Tap Root Manuscript and Serenade, this is probably the album I play most.

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This is a very deep album that needs lots of listening. The words and the lyrics are very soothing., It really is a mood refresher.

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I still get tears in my eyes when listening to Morningside from this album. Some of the songs "hit home" and will always create an emotional stir within me. This album does create "mood."

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The last great guitar-based album. A near flawless combination of Diamond, Holdridge and Catalano. Neil Diamond near his creative peak

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LOVE NEIL - DON'T CARE WHAT HE SINGS!

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I liked this album because he showed a sense of humor, not always present in some of his later albums.

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This is possibly NEIL`S best album.Each song compliments the next.I personally have a play list of -Canta Libre-Play Me- Morning Side-Captain Sunshine-and the rest random.

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From Gitchy Goomy to Morningside; and all life has to offer in between. Possibly the best lyrics Mr. Diamond has done! This collection of songs made me laugh, made me cry, made me kiss my daughter and made me hug my father. Great music. Great tempo changes. Great collection of songs inside of one of the best album covers of all time for anyone. All for about 5 bucks. Good Job, Mr. Diamond! And thank you.

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Moods always brings back fond memories. Jr. High school life was fresh and exciting.

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I have always loved Neil's early stuff, I think that is when he did his best writing. And of his early albums, I think that Mood's has some of the best writing he ever did.

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Moods is a very nice "moody" album. The ballads are winderful, especially Play Me, and Captain Sunshine. Captain Sunshine is a very close second favorite on the album, what a beautiful song. The main thing missing on the album is the absence of any Rock & Roll, with the exception of Walk on Water, which is one of his better up tempo songs. High Rolling Man ranks as one of his worst songs ever.

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I think this is a very good album. I love "Play Me" and "Morningside" and that is why I bought the tape then after I listened to it I liked almost all the songs on it. Leslie

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Can't "rank." Love every single album. No exaggeration. The only guy for me. Play his music exclusively.

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Moods is one of the albums that you can hear over and over without ever geting tired of it. Each song on the album is a classic and it is one of the best (if not the best) original album ever recorded by Neil Diamond.

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As always, I love anything that Neil does. Canta Libre seems to be my favorite of this album because it is sung with so much feeling.

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Great variety of material, and each song is at least pretty good, except perhaps for Canta Libre which is a little corny and pretentious. The studio cut of Song Sung Blue is one of few examples where the studio version is better than Neil's live renditions.

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I really like the cover of the album!

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Play Me...is selected because the lyrics are soul satisfying and a beautiful love song. Cante Libre...I have listened to over and over again...but never heard it in the five concerts that I have attended..the sound is so pleasing...and Neil's voice is at his finest! Porcupine Pie is my least favorite on the album...but okay..I haven't heard any of his songs that I didn't like..except in the very eary albums before he earned his name in music!

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Anything Neil does is great but I don't play this one as much as his others. I think his voice gets better with age and he'll always be number 1 with me. submit->Send this message

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There are really no "filler" or weak songs here; nearly every one achieved critical or commercial success and endures to this day.

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THE BEST OF ALL NEIL'S ALBUMS. MY FAVORITE PART IS PRELUDE IN E MAJOR WHICH IS RIGHT UP THERE WITH AFRICAN SUITE.

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I love Neil's album Moods because it is a spectacular album that he has ever done.

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How can you rate a legend except GREAT. Sure there are a few least favorite songs on every album but I wouldn't turn them off if I heard one playing on the radio. He's my favorite and I hope the tour is resumed very soon.

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I think that this album contains some songs which hit the soul, but not all are to my taste. Some of his best songs I believe are on Moods. In particular I like Canta Libre, Play Me, and Morningside.

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I have always loved ALL ND albums, but usually I enjoy a chosen few songs on each album.

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There are several of the songs I really liked, at least something for everyone to like on it. Especially liked the "Prelude in E Major" leading up to "Morningside". Also like the photo that was used.

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This albumn came out during a very stormy period of my life. "Captain Sunshine" and "Walk On Water," especially, lifted my spirits and made me happy. I always felt the albumn to be very aptly named because it certainly DOES reflect a myriad of "moods." My two favorites, "Canta Libre" and "Morningside," have often helped me identify or clarify certain mind-sets that I've experienced. A very sensitive, touching, delicate albumn.

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The is the Album i grew up listening to!!! My mom played it and played it till she had to buy a new one! It was also the first album of neils which i owned.

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HOT AUGUST NIGHT HAS HIS TRUE FEELINGS ON THE SONGS LIKE "CANTA LIBRE" "PLAY ME" AND "MORNINGSIDE" AND SO AS FAR AS THE RENDITIONS GO, BECAUSE HE HAS DONE THEM WITH A DIFFERENT , MORE POWERFUL FEELING, IT PUTS THIS ALBUM INTO A LESSER CATEGORY.

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"Moods" is a great album. I feel it was recorded about the time when Neil's voice was the strongest or at its best. I think along with "Serenade", "Moods" showcased Neil's writing of the early seventies. The lyrics were reflective yet seemed very spontaneous and not forced. To me "Moods" was the beginning of Neil's journey inward, musically atleast. Neil went on to record "JLS" and "Serenade" but the latters lacked the "raw, reflective brilliance" (wow!:)) of "Moods." "Moods" was the my own very first introduction to Neil's music way back when I was 8 years old and it captured the imagination of that child and continues to bring back some of my fondest childhood memories.

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Let's face it. Just about anything Neil does is good!!! He just has that touch! Call it what you want, but he is goooood! Some of his later songs and albums are better. I just love his music and his voice!!!!!

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A sensational album that is "100% Neil" as I'd call it since he wrote every tune himself and even plays guitar on most, if not all of the tracks. I love every song and it was very tough to find a least favorite, but "Walk On Water" is the one I least like to sing along with, so I suppose it'll have to do. Superb variety of songs, too. Certainly, one of the Diamond's best!

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Play Me is right up there with "I Am, I Said" as an all-time classic. Morningside is so beautiful and touching and illustrates perfectly why Neil fans love him for more than just his talent. Gitchy Goomy says a lot more about life than first apparent. On the whole "Moods" is the album that really defines Neil, not just as a singer and songwriter, but as a person.

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The title really sums up this album - it's diverse yet somehow consistent. Every song is a masterpiece, none of the songs you could even classify as "average". One of his best ever.

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It's Neil.....He can do no wrong in my eyes.

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Love it. It makes me laugh and cry

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What I like about this album is that it makes me think of what made Neil Diamond the legend he is today. This album was done when (I think) Neil was his most creative. This album plus a few others around this time gave material to the Hot August Night experience. All this great material was brought together in one incredible live performance that turned Neil from a pop star to a legend. It was Hot August Night that made people go WOW! Imagine it's been 25 years since! 25 years of great stuff but nothing like what he created around the Moods/Taproot Manuscript era.

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A brilliant quality album by the greatest singer/songwriter of our time.


 

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