Hot August Night [40th Anniversay Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 -- it nevertheless is the one record for casual Neil fans, after the hits collections, since this shows Diamond the icon in full glory. [The album had already been reissued in 2000 with the addition of four bonus tracks. The 2012 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition further adds to the 2000 expansion of the album by tacking on three more "Gitchy Goomy," "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," and "Modern Day Version of Love", and Neil's introduction of the musicians. The package also includes new liner notes by Steve Baltin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602527946399
  • Catalog Number: 001653402
  • Sales rank: 38,883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (3:08)
  2. 2 Crunchy Granola Suite (4:26)
  3. 3 Done Too Soon (3:22)
  4. 4 Dialogue (1:22)
  5. 5 Solitary Man (3:14)
  6. 6 Cherry Cherry (4:43)
  7. 7 Sweet Caroline (4:06)
  8. 8 Porcupine Pie (1:51)
  9. 9 You're So Sweet (2:18)
  10. 10 Red Red Wine (4:19)
  11. 11 Soggy Pretzels (2:57)
  12. 12 Gitchy Goomy (3:49)
  13. 13 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (4:22)
  14. 14 I Think It's Going to Rain Today (4:12)
  15. 15 Shilo (3:29)
  16. 16 Modern Day Version of Love (3:31)
  17. 17 Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon (2:48)
  18. 18 Walk on Water (3:06)
  19. 19 Kentucky Woman (1:51)
  20. 20 Stones (3:43)
  21. 21 Musician Intros (7:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Play Me (4:45)
  2. 2 Canta Libre (5:27)
  3. 3 Morningside (5:36)
  4. 4 Song Sung Blue (4:53)
  5. 5 Cracklin' Rosie (2:45)
  6. 6 Holly Holy (6:18)
  7. 7 I Am...I Said (6:09)
  8. 8 Soolaimon/Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (9:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Primary Artist, Guitar
Don Bagley Strings
Marilyn Baker Strings
Philip Goldberg Strings
Timothy Barr Strings
Richard Bennett Guitar
Samuel Boghossian Strings
John DeVoogdt Strings
Jesse Ehrlich Strings
Henry Ferber Strings
Ronald Folsom Strings
Nathan Gershman Strings
Lee Holdridge Conductor
Jerome Kessler Strings
Alan Lindgren Keyboards
Robert Lipsett Strings
Wilbert Nuttycombe Strings
Jay Rosen Strings
Myron Sandler Strings
Ralph Schaeffer Strings
Haim Shtrum Strings
Dennis St. John Drums
Linn Subotnick Strings
Tibor Zelig Strings
Shari Zippert Strings
Richard Kaufman Strings
William Henderson Strings
Jess Bourgeois Strings
Philip Candreva Strings
Baldassare Ferlazzo Strings
Hyman Goodman Strings
Giacinto Nardulli Strings
Alice Ober Strings
Sven Reher Strings
Walter Rower Strings
Walter Wiemeyer Strings
Paulo Alencar Strings
Sidney Sharp Strings
Raymond Kelley Strings
Jefferson Kewley Percussion
David Turner Strings
Emory Gordy Jr. Guitar
Reine Press Bass
Danny Nicholson Guitar
Salvatore Crimi Strings
Technical Credits
Neil Diamond Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Irving Azoff Management
Tom Catalano Producer
Armin Steiner Engineer
Bernie Becker Engineer
Joe Gannon Stage Direction
Bill Whitten Wardrobe Design
Karen Shearer Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
George Osaki Art Direction
Bob Koszela Information
Jaime Feldman Producer
Steve Baltin Liner Notes
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Katie McNeil Management
Sujata Murthy Publicity
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