Neil Diamond: The Bang Years 1966-1968

Neil Diamond is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That's happening Monday night (March 14th), by the way. And Diamond is performing. He's sharing a bill with Alice Cooper--now, how awesome is that? Anyway, he contributes liner notes to this collection of his early stuff. This release is out from Columbia/Legacy and here's what they have to say for themselves:

The American independent label Bang Records was founded by songwriter Bert Berns ("Twist & Shout," "Hang On Sloopy") in 1965 and produced a string of AM pop radio hits in the mid-1960s which included the earliest recordings of Neil Diamond, a Brill Building songwriter transitioning into performing his own songs. Neil's period as a Bang records artist produced one of the most vibrant and timeless catalogs in pop history. Arriving on the American pop radio scene in the middle of the British invasion and an emerging West Coast psychedelia, Neil Diamond's songs of inner personal struggle and introspection, mixed with an exuberant love of life and sense of awe, struck a chord with an ever-expanding audience through some of the most beloved songs of his career: "Cherry, Cherry," "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," "Shilo," "Red, Red Wine" and others.

Diamond actually wrote the liner notes for this release. Nice. So here's the deal: we have two copies of this to give away. Want to win one? You do? Splendid. Enter using the form below. And remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag it. Good luck!

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