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Neil Diamond – Hot August Night (1972/2016) {40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Diamond – Hot August Night (1972/2016) {40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 1:59:42 minutes | 4,86 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Geffen Records

Great live albums are rare and wondrous things. In fact, capturing a performer at the height of his creative powers for a live album is so unusual that, when it does happen, it becomes a phenomenon. Neil Diamond and his 1972 Hot August Night album was just such an event. Though he had enjoyed tremendous hits prior to the album, Diamond shot to the top of acclaimed and respected performers with one of the finest live albums of the ‘70s, the double live, double platinum Hot August Night.

This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best — he’s at his most appealing crafting in the studio — but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman. And that also means that it’s not just loaded with flair, but with filler, songs like “Porcupine Pie,” “Soggy Pretzels,” and “And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind” — attempts to write grand, sweeping epics that collapse under their own weight. Still, that’s part of the charm of Diamond and while it can sound unbearable on studio albums, it makes some sense here, surrounded by his pomp and circumstance. That spectacle is the great thing about the record, since it inflates not just his great songs, it gives the weaker moments character. And while this does wind up being a little much — 21 songs, 24 on the 2000 reissue — it nevertheless is the one record for casual Neil fans, after the hits collections, since this shows Diamond the icon in full glory. ~~AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


1 Prologue 3:08
2 Crunchy Granola Suite 4:26
3 Done Too Soon 3:22
4 Dialogue 1:22
5 Solitary Man 3:14
6 Cherry Cherry 4:43
7 Sweet Caroline 4:06
8 Porcupine Pie 1:51
9 You’re So Sweet 2:18
10 Red Red Wine 4:19
11 Soggy Pretzels 2:57
12 Gitchy Goomy 3:49
13 And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind 4:22
14 I Think It’s Going To Rain Today 4:12
15 Shilo 3:29
16 Modern Day Version Of Love 3:31
17 Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon 2:48
18 Walk On Water 3:06
19 Kentucky Woman 1:51
20 Stones 3:43
21 Musician Intros 7:25

1 Play Me 4:45
2 Canta Libre 5:27
3 Morningside 5:36
4 Song Sung Blue 4:53
5 Cracklin’ Rosie 2:45
6 Holly Holy 6:18
7 I Am…I Said 6:09
8 Soolaimon/Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show (Encore) 9:36

Neil Diamond, vocals, guitar
Richard Bennett, guitar
Danny Nicholson, guitar
Emory Gordy, Jr., guitar and vibraphone
Alan Lindgren, keyboards
Reinie Press, bass
Dennis St. John, drums
Jefferson Kewley, percussion
String section:
Sidney Sharp, Philip Candreva, Paulo Alencar, Baldassare Ferlazzo, Robert Lipsett, Haim Shtrum, Ron Folsom, Henry Ferber, Hyman Goodman, William Henderson, John DeVoogdt, Wilbert Nuttycombe, Jay Rosen, Walter Wiemeyer, Shari Zippert, Ralph Schaeffer, Tibor Zelig, Walter Rower, Salvatore Crimi, Richard Kaufman, David Turner, violin
Linn Subotnick, Philip Goldberg, Sven Reher, Myron Sandler, Marilyn Baker, Samuel Boghossian, viola
Jesse Ehrlich, Jerome Kessler, Raymond Kelley, Nathan Gershman, Alice Ober, Giacinto Nardulli, cello
Timothy Barr, Jess Bourgeois, Don Bagley, bass violin


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