Chris Isaak – “Solitary Man” (Neil Diamond Cover) Live
I’ll Be What I Am!
“Solitary Man” was Neil Diamond’s debut single and is basically his signature song. After the track became a minor hit, a question was raised: “Who is the solitary man?” It would be years later when Neil would admit that it was about him. In addition, there were two elements that listeners liked: the melancholic lyrics and the dynamic melody.
The Daily Telegraph: “This is the Solitary Man depicted on his first hit in 1966: the literate, thoughtful and melodically adventurous composer of songs that cover a vast array of moods and emotions…”
Just like with “Cherry Cherry,” Neil recorded two versions for this track. One had a harmonic vocal track while the other had none. Neil even changed some of the lyrics for his live albums.
In a 2005 Rolling Stone retrospective, Dan Epstein wrote, “‘Solitary Man’ remains the most brilliantly efficient song in the Diamond collection. There’s not a wasted word or chord in this two-and-a-half minute anthem of heartbreak and self-affirmation, which introduced the melancholy loner persona that he’s repeatedly returned to throughout his career.”
Rock musician Chris Isaak recorded his version of “Solitary Man” for his fourth album “San Francisco Days.” It was released on April 13, 1993 under Reprise Records. It was the last track of the album which received a rating of three out of five stars from Allmusic.
That was good stuff!