Neil Diamond - Hot August Night

Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl Records Reissue

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Hot August Night is the second live album by American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, originally released in December 1972 via MCA Records.

In 1972, Diamond played 10 sold-out concerts at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The performance on 24 August 1972 was recorded and released as the live double album Hot August Night, drawing its title from the opening words of Diamond's 1969 single "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show".

In the fall of 1972, Diamond appeared over 20 consecutive nights at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City; the small (approximately 1,600-seat) Broadway venue provided an intimate concert setting not common at the time. Reportedly, every performance was a sellout.

Hot August Night demonstrates Diamond's skills as a performer and showman, as he reinvigorated his back catalogue of hits with new energy. This album, and its predecessor album Moods, are generally acknowledged to be the two most important recording projects of Diamond's career in terms of defining his signature sound, and in the case of Hot August Night his live performance style, for the future.

Diamond later released two live "sequel" albums, Hot August Night II (1987) and Hot August Night/NYC (2009).

Many consider it his best work; critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Diamond record... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full glory."  Rob Sheffield, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), dubbed the album "the triumph of Neilness" and said that its music is slightly more "lax" than his studio recordings, but "festive".

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, music critic Lester Bangs called Hot August Night a "fine presentation of the entire spectrum" of Diamond's work and praised its music as "great, pretentious, goofy pop" with a melodramatic, "hymn-like feeling".

The album has become a great success for Diamond, and in Australia, it spent 29 weeks at number 1 on the album charts during 1973 and 1974. It was the number one charting album in Australia for the 1970s, entering the Australian album charts in late 1972 and was still charting in the top 20 in 1976. It re-entered the Australian top 10 in 1982. Also, Diamond's final concert of his 1976 Australian Tour (The "Thank You Australia" Concert) was broadcast to 36 television outlets nationwide on March 6. It also set a record for the largest attendance at the Sydney Sports Ground.

This double album 2LP record set is a 2017 reissue on black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve, pressed in Europe via Geffen Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

A1         

Prologue

3:08

A2

Crunchy Granola

4:27

A3

Done Too Soon

3:23

A4

Dialogue

1:23

A5

Solitary Man

3:14

A6

Cherry Cherry

4:43

A7

Sweet Caroline

4:06

B1

Porcupine Pie

1:52

B2

You're Too Sweet

2:18

B3

Red Red Wine

4:19

B4

Soggy Pretzels

2:57

B5

And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind

4:22

B6

Shilo

3:30

B7

Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon

2:49

C1

Play Me

4:46

C2

Canta Libre

5:27

C3

Morningside

5:36

C4

Song Sung Blue

4:53

C5

Cracklin' Rosie

2:45

D1

Holly Holy

6:19

D2

I Am... I Said

6:10

D3

Soolaimon - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show                       

9:36

SKU 11357
Record Label Geffen Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 00602557464054
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 18 August 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 09 December 1972
Barcode # 602557464054
Shipping Weight 0.5200kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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