Neil Diamond - Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - Uni 1969

Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - front cover

front cover

Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - rear cover

rear cover

Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - rear cover

inside gatefold

Review

Music - 5 stars

This is an excellent set of original songs from Neil Diamond's late 60's early 70's singer–songwriter period. The original album cover is one of the great eye-catching Uni gatefold's showcasing a traveling preacher thundering down at an unfortunate lost soul. Only the title track and "Glory Road" directly address preaching or salvation. However, Diamond offers up a song cycle which includes some of his most memorable originals.

"Dig In" is an attractive low key rocker as is "Deep In the Morning" and "Long Gone". "The Grass Won’t pay no Mind", "Juliet", and "If I Never Knew your Name", are ballads that hold up very nicely today. Neil Diamond never made another record that looked or sounded like "Brother Love" which makes it so appealing these many years later.

Note: Brother Love's salvation game grace's the inside of the original Uni pressings. This album was later released (again) on vinyl. It added the monster hit "Sweet Caroline" which was NOT on the "Brother Love" record. The rest of the song list is identical. The cover bears a picture of Neil Diamond, and is not a gatefold.