Album: Hot August Night
Australian album charts: 1973 and 1974
Hot August Night is a live double album by Neil Diamond – a recording of a concert on 24 August 1972, one of ten sold-out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
Reviewing Hot August Night in 1973, Robert Christgau said Crunchy Granola Suite’s opening guitar riff made it “obvious this man is some sort of genius rock entertainer”.
Neil might’ve been playing to the crowd gathered for his 24 August 1972 concert, but he must’ve also had the subsequent live album in mind. He speaks with the charged intimacy of a man trying to talk his way into a million living rooms. “I promised that before I came back to this theater that we would do things for you that you would not forget for a while,” he says.
Hot August Night hit no 1 on the Go-Set Top 20 album charts in February 1973, then returned to the top spot in March and June, and again in March 1974. It remained among the Top 10 albums in Australia for much of 1973 and 1974.
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