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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 Theatremarker in Los Angeles. 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, a feat only reachieved by Delta Goodrem with her Sony BMG-based album Innocent Eyes in 2003. 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.

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

Track listing

Disc 1:
  1. "Prologue"
  2. "Crunchy Granola Suite"
  3. "Done Too Soon"
  4. "Dialogue"
  5. "Solitary Man"
  6. "Cherry, Cherry"
  7. "Sweet Caroline"
  8. "Porcupine Pie"
  9. "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"

Bonus tracks:
  • "Walk On Water" - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
  • "Kentucky Woman" - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
  • "Stones" - (previously unreleased, bonus track)

Disc 2:
  1. "Play Me"
  2. "Canta Libre"
  3. "Morningside"
  4. "Song Sung Blue"
  5. "Cracklin' Rosie"
  6. "Holly Holy"
  7. "I Am... I Said"
  8. "Soolaimon" / "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"


  • Neil Diamond - vocals and guitar
  • Richard Bennett - guitar
  • Danny Nicholson - guitar
  • Emory Gordy, Jr. - guitar and vibraphone
  • Alan Lindgren - keyboards
  • Reinie Press - bass
  • Dennis St. John - drums
  • Jefferson Kewley - percussion
  • String section - Sidney Sharp, Philip Candreva, Paulo Alencar, Baldassare Ferlazzo, Robert Lipsett, Haim Shtrum, Ron Folsom, Henry Ferber, Hyman Goodman, William Henderson, John DeVoogdt, Wilbert Nuttycombe, Jay Rosen, Walter Wiemeyer, Shari Zippert, Ralph Schaeffer, Tibor Zelig, Walter Rower, Salvatore Crimi, Richard Kaufman, David Turner (violins), Linn Subotnick, Philip Goldberg, Sven Reher, Myron Sandler, Marilyn Baker, Samuel Boghossian (violas), Jesse Ehrlich, Jerome Kessler, Raymond Kelley, Nathan Gershman, Alice Ober, Giacinto Nardulli (violoncelli), Timothy Barr, Jess Bourgeois, Don Bagley (bass violins)

Orchestra conducted by Lee Holdridge

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1973 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1

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