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Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set
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Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255 - (Condition 85-90%) - 2LP Set

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 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. This also marks the first album released by the newly formed MCA Records (a merging of the Uni, Kapp, and Decca labels).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.[citation needed.Diamond later released two live "sequel" albums, Hot August Night II (1987) and Hot August Night/NYC (2009).Hot August Night is one of the biggest selling albums in Australia,where it spent 29 weeks at number 1 on the album charts during 1973 and 1974. This makes it equal 4th for the most weeks at number 1, tying with Delta Goodrem's 2003 album Innocent Eyes.Hot August Night was the number one charting album in Australia for the 1970s, entering the Australian album charts in late 1972 and still charting in the top 20 in 1976. It was the number 1 album of 1973 and the number 3 album of 1974.It re-entered the Australian top 10 in 1982, then had another chart run in 1991-92 peaking at number 21.During the 1991-92 chart-run it was listed on the chart as 14 x Platinum. Based on album accreditation levels used until 1983, it equates to a 700,000 sales milestone. When the album entered the catalogue albums chart in 2010, it was listed as 10 x Platinum.Based on accreditation levels since 1983, it also equates to a 700,000 sales milestone. However, because ARIA was only formed in 1983 and record companies have not reported complete record sales records to them, sales are an estimation only and in the case of 1970's albums like Hot August Night, the conservative estimates may be falling short. In 1996, MCA Managing Director Paul Krige estimated that cumulative   sales of Hot August Night in Australia have exceeded one million units.In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, music critic Lester Bangs called Hot August Night a "fine presentation of the entire spectrum" of Diamond's work and praised its music as "great, pretentious, goofy pop" with a melodramatic, "hymn-like feeling".In his review for Creem, Robert Christgau panned the album as a failed attempt at "bad art", and found Diamond's humor "sententious" and his country-western songs tasteless.In a retrospective review, Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine called Hot August Night "the ultimate Neil Diamond record ... [which] shows Diamond the icon in full glory."[Rob Sheffield, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), dubbed the album "the triumph of Neilness" and said that its music is slightly more "lax" than his studio recordings, but "festive".

Record Details


Neil Diamond - Hot August Night - MCSP 255


Tom Catalano


Neil Diamond


Neil Diamond


Neil Diamond, Richard Bennett, Danny Nicholson, Emory Gordy, Jr., Aln Lindgren, Reinie Press, Dennis St. John, Jefferson Kewley & Lee Holdridge


Guitar, Vibraphone, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion & Orchestra

Releasing Year



Private Songs




MCA Records

Made In



MCA Records, Inc

Serial No.

MCSP 255

Record One – Side One

  • Prologue

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  • Crunchy Granola

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  • Done Too Soon

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  • Solitary Man

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  • Cherry Cherry

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  • Sweet Caroline

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Record One – Side Two

  • Porcupine Pie

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  • You ‘re So Sweet

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  • Red Red Wine

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  • Soggy Pretzels

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  • And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind Shilo

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  • Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon

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Record Two – Side One 

  • Play Me

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  • Canta Libre

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  • Morningside

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  • Song Sung Blue

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  • Cracklin’ Rosie

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Record Two – Side Two

  • Holly Holy

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  • I Am… I Said

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  • Soolaimon/Brother Love’s

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  • Traveling Salvation Show (Encore)

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12 Inches


33 RPM

Record Condition


Cover Condition


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Artist - 1Neil Diamond
Artist - 2Richard Bennett
Artist - 3Danny Nicholson
Artist - 4Emory Gordy, Jr.
Artist - 5Aln Lindgren
Artist - 6Reinie Press
Artist - 7Dennis St. John
Artist - 8Jefferson Kewley
Artist - 9Lee Holdridge
Instrument - 1Guitar
Instrument - 2Vibraphone
Instrument - 3 Keyboards
Instrument - 4Bass
Instrument - 5Drums
Instrument - 6 Percussion
Instrument - 7Orchestra
Lyrics - 1Neil Diamond
Producer - 1Tom Catalano
Record 1
Record1 - Side1 - Song1Prologue
Record1 - Side1 - Song2Crunchy Granola
Record1 - Side1 - Song3Done Too Soon
Record1 - Side1 - Song4Solitary Man
Record1 - Side1 - Song5Cherry Cherry
Record1 - Side1 - Song6Sweet Caroline
Record1 - Side2 - Song1Porcupine Pie
Record1 - Side2 - Song2You ‘re So Sweet
Record1 - Side2 - Song3Red Red Wine
Record1 - Side2 - Song4Soggy Pretzels
Record1 - Side2 - Song5And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind Shilo
Record1 - Side2 - Song6Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon
Record 2
Record2 - Side1 - Song1Play Me
Record2 - Side1 - Song2Canta Libre
Record2 - Side1 - Song3Morningside
Record2 - Side1 - Song4Song Sung Blue
Record2 - Side1 - Song5Cracklin’ Rosie
Record2 - Side2 - Song1Holly Holy
Record2 - Side2 - Song2I Am… I Said
Record2 - Side2 - Song3Soolaimon/Brother Love’s
Record2 - Side2 - Song4Traveling Salvation Show (Encore)
Record Details
GenrePrivate Songs
LabelMCA Records
Releasing Year1972
Size12 Inches
Speed33 RPM
Singer - 1Neil Diamond