Sunday, April 1, 2012

Neil Diamond - Not August Night - the other cover

Neil Diamond - Not August Night - the other cover.  This one might actually be rare.  It is not the usual album cover of this fairly common DLA.  I actually quite like it.  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 live 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.  Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine calls Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Diamond record ... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full glory."  Many rank it on their top ten DLA list.  The album became a huge success for Diamond, and in Australia, it spent 29 weeks at number 1 on the album charts during 1973 & 1974, a feat only later matched by Delta Goodrem with her Sony BMG-based album Innocent Eyes in 2003.  That 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.  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.

1 comment:

  1. Yea well we havent seen anything yet for Los Angeles but there is a big gap in Dates after the San Jose show.. so It may be Neil will annouce Dates for Los Angeles soon.We here In L..A. tickets prices aren’t crazy...Know Neil Never Forgets about His home Town Fans !


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