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Hot August Night is a 1972 live double album by Neil Diamond.
(“Hot August night” is also the opening lyric in Diamond’s 1969 single, “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show”.)
It is a recording of a Diamond concert on Thursday August 24, 1972, one of ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
AllMusic Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewin calls Hot August Night “the ultimate Neil Diamond record … (which) shows Diamond the icon in full glory.”

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. 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.

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. This live album remains one of the great classic live albums of all time.

Track listing
All songs by Neil Diamond

Disc 1:
01. “Prologue”
02. “Crunchy Granola Suite”
03. “Done Too Soon”
04. “Dialogue”
05. “Solitary Man”
06. “Cherry, Cherry”
07. “Sweet Caroline”
08. “Porcupine Pie”
09. “You’re So Sweet”
10. “Red, Red Wine”
11. “Soggy Pretzels”
12. “And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind”
13. “Shilo”
14. “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”
Disc 2:
01. “Play Me”
02. “Canta Libre”
03. “Morningside”
04. “Song Sung Blue”
05. “Cracklin’ Rosie”
06. “Holly Holy”
07. “I Am… I Said”
08. “Soolaimon” / “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”

Released December 9, 1972
Recorded August 24, 1972
Genre Rock
Length 93:05
Label MCA, Universal
Producer Tom Catalano

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