Hot August Night [40th Anniversay Edition]

Hot August Night [40th Anniversay Edition]

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

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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 -- 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602527946399
catalogNumber:
001653402
Rank:
5145

Tracks

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   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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