- Audio CD (24 Aug. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set
- Label: Sony Music
- ASIN: B002JAPERI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hot August Night NYC Box set
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I've been fortunate enough to see Neil in concert twice, 12,000 giving you a standing ovation at the end you know you're doing it right!
Many of Neil's hits old and new are here plus some recent album tracks, what's interesting is that Neil always performs them differently.
Neil's band deserves a special mention for always giving him great support and the sound quality is excellent.
This really is one of the best cd's I've heard for a long time, can't wait to get the companion dvd.
I am happy to say that when he released "Home Before Dark" he carried on the musical craft he had rediscovered and during his live show at Birmingham in 2008, I witnessed his total return to form. In other words, he had achieved the complete turnaround I was hoping for.
This latest CD is the stage show that he took around the World in 2008 and boy is it a cracker.
One thing Diamond always managed in concert was the ability to manage tempo and moods in the delivery of the set list of songs. Now, however, with the quality material on offer from his last two albums, he has room to manoeuvre the old standards around and freshen things up. You will see from the song listing that he starts the concert with Holly Holy, an old encore pleaser which now opens the proceedings with a bang. In reality, this is the real deal. The warmth of his home NY crowd, and the sheer enthusiasm he has recently rediscovered, keeps you smack in the middle of this event from start to finish.
There's something for everyone and the quality of his voice and the masterful backing band and singers gives a tremendous double disc delight.
If there is a highlight for me then it is "Hell Yeah", the classic he wrote for 12 Songs. It chills and inspires you in equal measures. A truly modern day slant on Sinatra's "My Way".Read more ›
O.K. Neil's voice isn't quite as good as on the 1972 version, not surprisingly, given the 35 year gap! but it's still great, with that powerful emotional sound we've all become famililiar with. A terrific performance then.
The problem for me is the repeat of so many Diamond classics which appear on the original albums and countless other "live" perfomances. The impact isn't there now, due to this choice of too familiar material - done of course, because that's what the fans want to hear. I suspect Neil's a bit fed up with "Cracklin' Rosie" etc..etc...by now.
Having the original 1972 and 1986 CDs and the Rick Rubins, I don't think I'll bother with this one -superb performance though it is.
Dark". With bonus tracks including one of my favourites "If You Know What I Mean" it is a well balanced mix of Neil and his wonderful band at their best. I became a "Believer" when i got hooked by the first "Hot August Night" from 1972, I still play it today.(Love the vynil with the crackles, even though I also have the CD!) Get the DVD too..DIAMOND IS FOR EVER!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having seen "the great man" in Manchester recently I thought I'd find a live performance to capture him a bit more in his prime. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Dutton
Great. Went to see Neil Diamond last Thursday he was in concert in Blackpool England what a night what a performerPublished 6 months ago by mary
I don't "dissect" music, other people far more knowledgeable than me do that but I know what I like and this album is quite simply superb. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Desborough