Hot August Night

Hot August Night

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by Neil Diamond
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811233020
catalogNumber:
112330
Rank:
22787

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Prologue  - Neil Diamond
  2. Crunchy Granola Suite  - Neil Diamond
  3. Done Too Soon  - Neil Diamond
  4. Dialogue  - Neil Diamond
  5. Solitary Man  - Neil Diamond
  6. Cherry, Cherry  - Neil Diamond
  7. Sweet Caroline  - Neil Diamond
  8. Porcupine Pie  - Neil Diamond
  9. You're So Sweet  - Neil Diamond
  10. Red, Red Wine  - Neil Diamond
  11. Soggy Pretzels  - Neil Diamond
  12. And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind  - Neil Diamond
  13. Shilo  - Neil Diamond
  14. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon  - Neil Diamond
  15. Walk on Water  - Neil Diamond
  16. Kentucky Woman  - Neil Diamond
  17. Stones  - Neil Diamond

Disc 2

  1. Play Me  - Neil Diamond
  2. Canta Libre  - Neil Diamond
  3. Morningside  - Neil Diamond
  4. Song Sung Blue  - Neil Diamond
  5. Cracklin' Rosie  - Neil Diamond
  6. Holly Holy  - Neil Diamond
  7. I Am...I Said  - Neil Diamond
  8. Soolaimon/Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show  - Neil Diamond

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist,Guitar
Ray Kelley   Strings
Don Bagley   Strings
Marilyn Baker   Strings
Philip Goldberg   Strings
Timothy Barr   Strings
Richard Bennett   Guitar
Samuel Boghossian   Strings
Sal Crimi   Strings
John DeVoogdt   Strings
Jesse Ehrlich   Strings
Henry Ferber   Strings
Ronald Folsom   Strings
Nathan Gershman   Strings
Emory Gordy   Guitar,Vibes
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
Jerome Kessler   Strings
Alan Lindgren   Keyboards
Robert Lipsett   Strings
David Nicholson   Guitar
Wilbert Nuttycombe   Strings
Reinie Press   Bass
Jay Rosen   Strings
Myron Sandler   Strings
Ralph Schaeffer   Strings
Sid Sharp   Strings
Haim Shtrum   Strings
Dennis St. John   Drums
Linn Subotnick   Strings
Tibor Zelig   Strings
Shari Zippert   Strings
Richard Kaufman   Strings
Jeff Kewley   Percussion
William Henderson   Strings
Paulo Alancar   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
David D. Turner   Strings
Walter Wiemeyer   Strings
Paulo Alencar   Strings
Sidney Sharp   Strings

Technical Credits

Tom Catalano   Producer
Stan Miller   Sound Advisor
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Bill Whitten   Wardrobe Design
Karen Shearer   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Mike Ragogna   Producer,Liner Notes
Erick Labson   Mastering
George Osaki   Art Direction

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