Beautiful Noise
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Beautiful Noise
Beautiful Noise
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 11, 1976
StudioShangri La Studio, Los Angeles; Kendun Recorders, Los Angeles; Village Recorders, Los Angeles
GenrePop, rock, R&B, soul
ProducerRobbie Robertson
Neil Diamond chronology
Beautiful Noise
And the Singer Sings His Song
Singles from Beautiful Noise
  1. "If You Know What I Mean"
    Released: June 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Beautiful Noise is the tenth album by Neil Diamond and his third with Columbia Records, released in 1976. "Dry Your Eyes" was performed with The Band at their farewell show and is featured in Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz.


Diamond performing live in support of Beautiful Noise in 1976

Beautiful Noise marked a radical departure in production, style, arrangements and compositional diversity for Diamond. It was billed at the time of its release as something of a "comeback" album for the artist, and did mark a new and highly productive phase of his recording and touring career.

The album produced three singles: "If You Know What I Mean", "Don't Think... Feel", and the title track, "Beautiful Noise". "If You Know What I Mean" was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Easy Listening chart and reached No. 11 on the US Hit Parade.[3] "Don't Think... Feel" reached No. 43 in the U.S. charts, while "Beautiful Noise" reached No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] No. 7 in South Africa[5] and No. 6 in the then West Germany.[6] It also made it to No. 6 in Switzerland, No. 8 in Austria, No. 3 in the Netherlands and No. 6 in Flemish Belgium.[7]

The album was produced by Robbie Robertson, known for his work with The Band. Robertson also brought Garth Hudson of The Band along to contribute organ to several songs.

Track listing

All tracks composed by Neil Diamond, except "Dry Your Eyes" by Diamond and Robbie Robertson.

Side one
1."Beautiful Noise"3:24
3."Lady Oh"3:51
4."Don't Think... Feel"3:26
5."Surviving the Life"3:42
6."If You Know What I Mean"3:30
Side two
1."Street Life"3:00
2."Home Is a Wounded Heart"2:40
5."Dry Your Eyes"3:23


Chart positions

Chart (1976) Position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[8] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Beautiful Noise - Neil Diamond - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: D". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 2019 – via
  3. ^ Jackson, Laura (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion. ECW Press. p. 143. ISBN 1550227076. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Jackson, Laura (2005). Neil Diamond: His Life, His Music, His Passion. ECW Press. p. 145. ISBN 1550227076. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Currin, Brian. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1965 - 1989 Songs (A-B)". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "INFINITY CHARTS: German Top 20". Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise -". Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Neil Diamond; 'Beautiful Noise')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "British album certifications - Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Beautiful Noise in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications - Neil Diamond - Beautiful Noise". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2019.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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