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Yeah, you can REALLY see a Kevin Costner thing going on with this photo. Robin Hood era, that is.
BTW, I've also noticed a resemblance to Steve Guttenberg at times. Observe the pic below from the same period:
I've always had a thing for androgynous-looking men, so the above photos are among my favorites (particularly the second, smaller one - it's above my favorite of all the pics so far).
In another photo from this series I see a (little) bit of Michael Sarrazin:
Isn't it strange that he can look like so many different people? I would love to be able to go back in time with a digital camera and photograph him during this period - when I photograph the Moodies, it's a challenge to try to capture something different. But to photograph a subject whose face changes so much based on whatever mood passes at the moment would be amazing. I was playing around with some screen captures for a few of these as I observed his face changing.
BTW, my Neil Diamond collection consisted of a few record albums and whatever books and magazines I bought for other purposes. I've found all of these pics and videos on the Internet only recently because I was looking for videos by all of my favorite artists to post for friends on my FB page. I got hooked on Neil's performance in the vintage BBC 1971 show (where the above photos come from) and had to start watching all of the old performances I could find about him on YouTube...and then all of the interviews...I'm finally getting around to the more current stuff. In fact, I found an excellent performance from only a few years ago with some very nice songs I didn't know and Q&As from a celebrity audience. Ricky Gervais cracked me up. So I'm going to post that show next.
Note - if you haven't watched the Australian interview from 1976 (where he's wearing the tinted shades and looking a lot like Dustin Hoffman) definitely do. It's a great time capsule - he's so incredibly focused and serious - yet he's really open with the interviewer. Still like the part where he talks about the rose. I was looking at some video I'd seen of him before and this time (knowing what I know from the interview) I saw they way he perked up when handed an arm full of roses after a TV performance. A man who actually appreciates getting flowers from his fans - how cool is that?
Man, I'm taking another look at the pics above. These photos are gorgeous, aren't they?
Ok, modern-day video coming up next. . . .
VERY entertaining show!
(above, from the same 1971 BBC sessions as the "androgynous" photos two messages earlier)
I did notice that there's one thing that definitely links Neil Diamond's expressions throughout the years. He didn't smile a lot in the old days, but a little smirk of satisfaction would slip through when he was in the moment and the performance was really flowing strong - and you see it's still there after all these years.
Taranberk wrote: Although I'm hooked on Holly Holy, I wasn't going to post yet another version. HOWEVER....the uploader boasted this was the best live version ever.Hmm...startin' slow...like a small earthquake...and the orchestra sent this into the stratosphere.Jill, are you following me into heaven?
Jill - you will get a huge kick out of those 1976 Las Vegas videos. The story he tells in the first one is pretty funny, and the second one shows off how well he can dance!
Ok, now maybe you guys think I'm crazy to go on about Neil Diamond looking like a bunch of other people.
But come on, you have to admit he looks like DAVID CASSIDY here!
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