Neil Diamond / Gold Live at the Troubadour 1970

GOLD 1.jpg  “Pack up the babies, and grab the old ladies, and everyone goes, 'cause everyone knows, Brother Love's show…” In the hazy days before Neil Diamond performances blossomed into show biz extravaganzas replete with tree people, this Brooklyn native was a lean, mean, rockin’ machine.  Waxed in the summer of ’70 at Doug Weston’s Troubadour, Diamond fronts a no-frills guitar / bass / drums ensemble abetted with a female backing vocal trio that tear through a few of his then recent hits and a fine interpretation of Joni’s “Both Sides Now.” Bassist Randy Sterling plays a brilliant melodic foil and the pocket with a plectrum “And the Singer Sings His Song.” One of rock’s most overlooked concert slabs worthy of an expanded edition.    

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