Hot August Night

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Hot August Night
Live album by Neil Diamond
Released1972
RecordedAugust 24, 1972
GenreRock
Length93:05
LabelMCA, Universal
ProducerTom Catalano
Neil Diamond chronology
Moods
(1972)
Hot August Night
(1973)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
(1973)
 
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Hot August Night
Live album by Neil Diamond
Released1972
RecordedAugust 24, 1972
GenreRock
Length93:05
LabelMCA, Universal
ProducerTom Catalano
Neil Diamond chronology
Moods
(1972)
Hot August Night
(1973)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
(1973)

Hot August Night is a 1972 live double album by Neil Diamond. ("Hot August night" is also the opening lyric to Diamond's 1969 single, "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show".) The album is a recording of a Diamond concert on August 24, 1972, one of ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

This album, and its predecessor album Moods, are generally acknowledged to be the two most important recording projects of Diamond's career in terms of defining his signature sound, and in the case of Hot August Night his live performance style, for the future.[citation needed]

Diamond later released two live "sequel" albums, Hot August Night II (1987) and Hot August Night/NYC (2009).

Australian reception[edit]

The album has become a great success for Diamond, and in Australia, it spent 29 weeks at number 1 on the album charts during 1973 & 1974, a feat only reachieved by Delta Goodrem with her Sony BMG-based album Innocent Eyes in 2003. This figure was surpassed in the 1980s by Dire Straits with their album Brothers in Arms spending 34 weeks at number one on the album charts.

It was the number one charting album in Australia for the 1970s, entering the Australian album charts in late 1972 and was still charting in the top 20 in 1976. It re-entered the Australian top 10 in 1982.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauD+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, music critic Lester Bangs called Hot August Night a "fine presentation of the entire spectrum" of Diamond's work and praised its music as "great, pretentious, goofy pop" with a melodramatic, "hymn-like feeling".[4] In his review for Creem, Robert Christgau panned the album as a failed attempt at "bad art", and found Diamond's humor "sententious" and his country-western songs tasteless.[2]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Diamond record ... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full glory."[1] Rob Sheffield, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), dubbed the album "the triumph of Neilness" and said that its music is slightly more "lax" than his studio recordings, but "festive".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Neil Diamond

1972 Vinyl Edition[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Prologue"  3:07
2."Crunchy Granola Suite"  4:26
3."Done Too Soon"  3:22
4."Dialogue"  1:22
5."Solitary Man"  3:14
6."Cherry, Cherry"  4:43
7."Sweet Caroline"  4:06
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Porcupine Pie"  1:51
2."You're So Sweet"  2:17
3."Red Red Wine"  3:56
4."Soggy Pretzels"  3:24
5."And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind"  4:39
6."Shilo"  3:35
7."Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"  2:48
Side three
No.TitleLength
1."Play Me"  4:43
2."Canta Libre"  5:28
3."Morningside"  5:35
4."Song Sung Blue"  4:53
5."Cracklin' Rosie"  2:45
Side four
No.TitleLength
1."Holly Holy"  6:18
2."I Am... I Said"  6:09
3."Soolaimon" / "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show"  9:36

2000 Compact Disc Release[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Prologue"  3:07
2."Crunchy Granola Suite"  4:26
3."Done Too Soon"  3:22
4."Dialogue"  1:22
5."Solitary Man"  3:14
6."Cherry, Cherry"  4:43
7."Sweet Caroline"  4:06
8."Porcupine Pie"  1:51
9."You're So Sweet"  2:17
10."Red, Red Wine"  3:56
11."Soggy Pretzels"  3:24
12."And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind"  4:39
13."Shilo"  3:35
14."Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"  2:48
15."Walk On Water" (bonus track)3:30
16."Kentucky Woman" (bonus track)2:01
17."Stones" (bonus track)3:59
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Play Me"  4:43
2."Canta Libre"  5:28
3."Morningside"  5:35
4."Song Sung Blue"  4:53
5."Cracklin' Rosie"  2:45
6."Holly Holy"  6:18
7."I Am...I Said"  6:09
8."Soolaimon" / "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show"  9:36

2012 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Compact Disc Release[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleLength
1."Prologue"  3:07
2."Crunchy Granola Suite"  4:26
3."Done Too Soon"  3:22
4."Dialogue"  1:22
5."Solitary Man"  3:14
6."Cherry, Cherry"  4:43
7."Sweet Caroline"  4:06
8."Porcupine Pie"  1:51
9."You're So Sweet"  2:17
10."Red, Red Wine"  3:56
11."Soggy Pretzels"  3:24
12."Gitchy Goomy" (new bonus track)3:49
13."And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind"  4:39
14."I Think It's Going To Rain Today" (new bonus track)4:12
15."Shilo"  3:35
16."Modern Day Version Of Love" (new bonus track)3:31
17."Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"  2:48
18."Walk On Water"  3:30
19."Kentucky Woman"  2:01
20."Stones"  3:59
21."Musician Intros" (new bonus track)7:25
Disc two
No.TitleLength
1."Play Me"  4:43
2."Canta Libre"  5:28
3."Morningside"  5:35
4."Song Sung Blue"  4:53
5."Cracklin' Rosie"  2:45
6."Holly Holy"  6:18
7."I Am... I Said"  6:09
8."Soolaimon" / "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show"  9:36

Personnel[edit]

Orchestra conducted by Lee Holdridge

Chart positions[edit]

YearChartPosition
1973Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart1
1974

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas, Stephen. "Hot August Night - Neil Diamond". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (March 1973). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob et al. (November 2, 2004). Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 233–4. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  4. ^ Bangs, Lester (March 15, 1973). "Neil Diamond: Hot August Night". Rolling Stone (New York). Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player by Elton John
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
May 21 - June 3, 1973
June 25 - July 8, 1973
July 30 - November 25, 1973
December 24, 1973 - January 27, 1974
February 25 - March 17, 1974
Succeeded by
Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin