Crunchy Granola Suite

Crunchy Granola Suite” is a pop rock song written and recorded in 1971 by Neil Diamond.

1971 single by Neil Diamond
“Crunchy Granola Suite”
Single by Neil Diamond
from the album Stones, Hot August Night
A-side “Stones”
B-side “Crunchy Granola Suite”
Released 1971
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:15
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Neil Diamond
Producer(s) Tom Catalano

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The song was released on the album, Stones and also released as a B-side on the single also called “Stones”.[1]

The song appears on a number of Diamond’s albums, including the live album Hot August Night which opens with a combination of the instrumental “The Prologue” and “Crunchy Granola Suite.”

James Perone writes, “The song describes how a man who previously suffered through all sorts of hang-ups has found solace with his newfound adherence to the stereotypical California, macrobiotic, granola, health food lifestyle”.[2]

The song was inspired by the healthy lifestyle Diamond was exposed to after moving to Los Angeles. In the liner notes to his 1996 compilation album In My Lifetime Diamond says he was “newly transported to California and was impressed by the health food consciousness there. I actually thought Crunchy Granola Suite might change people’s eating habits!” [1]

The single “Stones” (for which “Crunchy Granola Suite” was the B-side) charted at #16 on the Billboard Chart in the US[3] and #14 on the Australian charts.[4]

The track “Prologue / Crunchy Granola Suite” was nominated for the 1973 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement (for conductor Lee Holdridge).[5][6]

Reviewing Hot August Night in 1973, Robert Christgau said “Crunchy Granola Suite”‘s opening guitar riff made it “obvious this man is some sort of genius rock entertainer”.[7] David Wild in his book He Is– I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond, said, “he managed to write the coolest song ever written about granola or any other breakfast food made of rolled oats, nuts and honey”.[1]

Easy listening artist Percy Faith released a version in 1973 [8] on his album Corazon which was released as a single reaching # 16 in the USA.

The song was used in the Tony Award winning musical review Dancin’, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

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