Hot August Night

Hot August Night

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 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. At 20-plus tracks in its original release and various reissues over the years, this does wind up being a little much, but it nevertheless is the one record for casual Neil fans (after the hits collections), since it shows Diamond the icon in full glory.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2000
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811233020
catalogNumber: 112330
Rank: 5343

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
George Osaki   Art Direction

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Hot August Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Tribefan68 More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, moving......If you like Neil Diamond this is a muct listen.
Mysteryreader25 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!