Here's an old post for an unplugged suggestion...
Let’s pretend Neil was going to do an unplugged set for MTV or whatever. We have 20 songs to play with and we want to represent his near 40-year career span. We have to pay attention to pacing and take into account what kind of instruments are allowed. Acoustic guitars only. Bass can be an acoustic bass or one of those big double bass jobs. Drums and conga drums are in as is piano. So we have Neil stripped back to a purer rock feel…bass, drums, guitars and piano…or pump organ (very good for Brother Love…listen to Neil Young’s unplugged version of Like A Hurricane to hear what I mean). We can also have a string section a lá HAN. The task is to design a set that plays to these strengths. OK…I’ll start off
Neil Diamond Unplugged
My suggested set
2. Cherry Cherry
5. Blue Highway
6. I Haven’t Played This Song In Years
7. Talkin’ Optimist Blues
8. Kentucky Woman
9. Solitary Man
10. Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon
11. Love On The Rocks (without the over emoting please, Neil!)
12. I Believe In Happy Endings
13. If You Know What I Mean
15. Mission Of Love
16. Holly Holy
18. I Am…I Said
19. Brother Love
20. I’ve Been This Way Before
Some comments on the set: OK, so I started off with Lordy…a good aggressive song with Neil using the word bitch...attitude baby...attitude. We rock on with Cherry Cherry. We slow it down with Stones to I Haven’t Played This song…
Then four more quick ones to get the crowd going (7-10). We let them catch their breath as Neil sings Love on The Rocks as closely as possible to the original recorded version and NO over emoting. Next, I Believe In Happy Endings and the bittersweet If You Know What I Mean. Then we take off and really kick their asses with America, Mission Of Love, Holly Holy and Soolaimon. For Holly Holy and Soolaimon Neil brings out this gospel choir to back him.
We bring the audience down with I Am I Said…then rock it to them with a stupendous Brother Love complete with Gospel choir and pump organ!!
We send ‘em home with I’ve Been This Way Before.
Now that would be some concert!!! Y’know I think I’ll make a compilation tape of the above!!!
Yes I haven’t included Sweet Caroline. I only like the HAN version.
Well guys any suggestions?? What would you like to hear.
That's from an old post I actually hung onto it cos i liked the setlist.