Thursday, May 01, 2008

She shines with her own kind of light

American Idol (I never watch, just heard about this on the intertubes) did a Neil Diamond thing.

He turned into a parody of himself by the mid '70s, yet wrote some great music. And was recently rehabilitated by Rick Rubin, into relevance again.

So here's some vintage Neil:

Compare/contrast, please, with these guys doing the same song:

And for real geeks, here's another version by Deep Purple. Nice recording, but Blackmore's guitar solo is fairly weak.