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The ’70s boasted not one, but two Neil Diamonds: a mild-mannered crooner of romantic radio pop and a rock ’n’ roll showman whose concerts were packed with heroic grandeur and sweaty pomp. It’s the latter Diamond documented on 1972’s Hot August Night. Backed by an orchestra the size of a small city, Diamond unleashes jumpsuits, sermons on racial equality, feral grunts, and, of course, one awesome tune after another, including “Cherry Cherry,” “Red, Red Wine,” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.”

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Neil Diamond: Hot August Night - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Take the greatest live album ever recorded and restore it to its original, intended, unedited presentation. Utilize state-of-the-art technology to re-master it with the utmost care to present a larger-than-life aural experience for all to enjoy. Do all this and what do you get??? "The reason why reissues and re-masters are even contemplated!!!"

Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night" set the bar by which live concerts and live albums are measured by almost 40 years ago. And nearly 40 years later it does it once again. The greatest live album ever recorded now becomes the greatest album ever recorded - PERIOD!!!

In August of 1972 at the Greek Theatre Neil Diamond and his then record label MCA got it right. Now thanks to Universal Music Enterprises (Geffen) in 2012, the hidden treasures of yesteryear that were placed in the MCA vaults for close to 40 years now see the light of day and we can now partake of all the new, exciting aspects of those legendary nights at the Greek in 1972 that have been up until now nothing more than a hope and a prayer on behalf of us Neil Diamond fans would finally be unearthed from the vaults and bequeathed to us after all these long years of waiting.

Reasons for this 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition to be a must-have now & forever:

1. Sonic perfection!
2. Aural experience that captures Neil Diamond at the top of his game!
3. Restored - Previously Unreleased Material that has had to wait nearly 40 years to be unearthed, enjoyed & savored!
4. Detail to repackaging that faithfully restores precious and timeless memories - with the addition of new, exciting, never before seen photos from the iconic performance!

Bottom line! Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night" has stood the test of time. Now, Neil Diamond's "Hot August Night" without a shadow of doubt has earned its rightful and deserved status in IMMORTALITY!!!

Epic live album

On August 24, 1972, when Neil Diamond began the series of concerts that would become this album, he promised the audience, "This is gonna be special… we promised to do things for you that you would not forget for awhile."

Well, having danced my way through the final night of the 40th anniversary tour in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, I think I can say WOW!!! Nobody is gonna forget the best live album ever recorded and Neil, you still put on one helluva live show!!! The band sounded wonderful (goosebumps on the opening bars of Crunchy Granola Suite) and Neil is still The Man!!!

Just completely spectacular.

THE quintessential Neil Diamond; THE greatest live album, ever.

If stranded on an island, with only a single album to listen to for the rest of my days: This. This would be my choice.

The previously unreleased tracks are amazing! Especially, "I Think It's Going To Rain" and, "Stones."

Greatest Neil Diamond album, ever, bar none. If you want the best, look no further.

Turn off the lights, close your eyes, turn it up, and, you're in front row of the greatest Neil Diamond concert ever.


Born: January 24, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In a career that began in the 1960s, Neil Diamond became a major recording artist, an internationally successful touring act, and a songwriter whose compositions produced hits for himself and others. His earliest recognition, in fact, came as a songwriter associated with the Brill Building era of Tin Pan Alley in the early '60s. But he soon branched out into recording and performing, and by the early '70s was topping the charts with the self-written singles "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue."...
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