Released: Jul 31, 2012
Hot August Night (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Live] – Neil Diamond
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Our ReviewThis album is Mastered for iTunes. You can feel the sweat flying off Neil Diamond as he storms his way through the music captured on Hot August Night. Recorded live at Hollywood's Greek Theater in August 1972 before a frenzied crowd, Diamond feeds off his audience's energy and delivers a performance that's half rock 'n' roll, half evangelistic revival. His commanding baritone never sounded better then when he tears into classics like "Cherry, Cherry," "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Red, Red Wine," delivering each inescapable hook with the touch of a master. Few singer-songwriters could pull off the melodrama of "Shilo" and "I Am, I Said" with the enraptured conviction that Diamond displays here. The emotional heart of the concert is "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show," a gospel-rock tour-de-force that sounds ready to raise the dead. Hot August Night is spectacular proof of Diamond's magic as a live artist and remains a swelteringly intense listening experience. This Deluxe Edition contains a variety of previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Customer ReviewsHot August Night-40th Anniversary (5 stars)
My favorite album of all-time. I was at his concert last week in Denver and Neil has not lost a beat. Two hours 20 minutes of non-stop Neil at his best. This old body of mine was on my feet the entire evening.......and yes I even danced a little.
Neil Diamond: Hot August Night - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (5 stars)
Take the greatest live album ever recorded and restore it to its original, intended, unedited presentation. Utilize state-of-the-art technology to re-master it with the utmost care to present a larger-than-life aural experience for all to enjoy. Do all this and what do you get??? "The reason why reissues and re-masters are even contemplated!!!"
Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night" set the bar by which live concerts
BiographyBorn: January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
In a career that began in the 1960s, Neil Diamond became a major recording artist, an internationally successful touring act, and a songwriter whose compositions produced hits for himself and others. His earliest recognition, in fact, came as a songwriter associated with the Brill Building era of Tin Pan Alley in the early '60s. But he soon branched out into recording and performing, and by the early '70s was topping the charts with the self-written singles "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue."...
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