Hot August Night

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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, 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: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811233020
  • Catalog Number: 112330
  • Sales rank: 12,206

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (3:07)
  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 (2:17)
  10. 10 Red, Red Wine (3:56)
  11. 11 Soggy Pretzels (3:24)
  12. 12 And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind (4:39)
  13. 13 Shilo (3:35)
  14. 14 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon (2:48)
  15. 15 Walk on Water (3:30)
  16. 16 Kentucky Woman (2:01)
  17. 17 Stones (3:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Play Me (4:43)
  2. 2 Canta Libre (5:28)
  3. 3 Morningside (5:35)
  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
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fresh songs, that get you to sing along

    Neil Diamond at his best. The entire two disc set is enjoyable and funny. Makes you get up and move as well as sing along to the songs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    His voice at its Peak!

    Brilliant, moving......If you like Neil Diamond this is a muct listen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It never gets old

    I have been a Neil Diamond fan since I was 5 years old in 1969. My favorite Diamond period comes from the MCA era and the early Columbia years. Touching You, Touching Me, Gold (1971), Stones, Moods, etc. were all great albums. This is classic Diamond with arguably the best renditions of his great early works. I have owned this album in every possible format (8-Track, cassette, vinyl & CD). This is the one you will listen to over and over again. I have for over 30 years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There are no weak spots ...

    This is classical Neil. If you can only own one Neil Diamond CD - this is the one to own! I never tire of listening to "Hot August Night" & have purchased 4 copies in order to have one in each car, at work & at home. The Boomers should love this one!

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