Neil Diamond (and others) – Chartbusters 1970 LP with “Clown Town”


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A copy of the 1970 various artists LP Chartbusters, featuring two rare tracks by Neil Diamond, including Clown Town.

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Offered for sale is a copy of the scarce 1970 compilation LP Chartbusters, featuring two rare tracks by Neil Diamond – “Clown Town” and “I’ve Never Been the Same.”

About this copy: This copy of Chartbusters is an original 1970 pressing on the Harmony label.

The cover is  VG+, with wear at the edges and corners.

The disc is VG+, with a light (but inaudible) fingernail mark through three tracks on side 2 and another small inaudible mark through the last track on side 1.

A nice copy of a scarce Neil Diamond-related LP.

Background: Chartbusters, released in 1970, was an attempt by Columbia Records (through their Harmony budget label) to release in LP form a number of odd tracks by various artists that had been lying around in their vaults.

While the LP contains tracks by a number of famous artists, the album is mostly of interest to Neil Diamond collectors, as the album contains both sides of his first solo single – “Clown Town” and “I’ve Never Been the Same,” which was released in 1963 and went nowhere on the charts.

That single is quite hard to find today and sells for several hundred dollars.  While the songs from that single are now available elsewhere, Chartbusters was, for many years, the only place to find the songs aside from tracking down that very rare single.

Tracks are:

  • Joe South And The Believers – I’ll Come Back To You
  • Neil Diamond – Clown Town
  • Lulu -This Time (Bistro)
  • The Hollies – When The Ship Comes In
  • Dion -It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  • Sonny & Cher – Baby Don’t Go
  • Joe South And The Believers – Great Day
  • Everly Brothers – Lucille
  • Neil Diamond – I’ve Never Been The Same

You can listen to “Clown Town” here:

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Harmony
Catalog Number:
H 30023
Year of Release: 1970
Format: Electronically reprocessed stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in