On A Hot August Night In 1972, Neil Diamond Was King

By Jacob Shelton

In an era of incredible live albums, Neil Diamond’s Hot August Night from 1972 was the "Cherry Cherry" and "Sweet Caroline" singer's bid to be an A-list showman. The double album wasn’t just a hit, it cemented Diamond as a performer with the charisma of Elvis and the dramatic ability to take the audience on a ride for more than an hour and a half. Neil Diamond is in rare form on Hot August Night, recorded on August 24, 1972, during a run of ten sold-out nights at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. This perfectly constructed live album shows the range and versatility of an artist in their prime.

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