Hot August Night III

Hot August Night III

by Neil Diamond


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Hot August Night III documents a concert Neil Diamond held at the Los Angeles Greek Theatre upon the 40th anniversary of Hot August Night in 2012. It was a glitzy celebration that bordered on a marathon: on record, which was released six years later, it runs a mammoth two and a half hours. Considering how Hot August Night III arrived several months after Diamond announced he was retiring from the road due to his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, it's hard not to see this live album as valedictory. While he may have toured over the subsequent five years, this performance -- crafted as a career-topper and delivered with gusto -- finds Diamond not only in fine voice, but enthusiastic. He runs through all his standards, which fill up the length of nearly the entire set, and he sounds nearly as vigorous as he did back in 1987, when Hot August Night II hit the stores. If this can be faulted, it's because the performance is perhaps a little bit too professional: it's clear that Diamond and his band have performed these songs countless times, so the energy comes solely from Neil's excitement at being in front of an audience eager to celebrate their long history with him. Now that nights like that are no longer a possibility, this kind of big, splashy production is not only entertaining, it's somewhat poignant, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2018
Label: Neil Diamond
UPC: 0602567449669
catalogNumber: 002814802
Rank: 9687

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Diamond   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Fumo   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Elizabeth Wilson   Viola
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Assa Drori   Concert Master
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Maurice Grants   Celli
Hadley Hockensmith   Guitar
Tom Hensley   Piano
Larry Klimas   Harmonica,Accordion,Saxophone
Mark Levang   Conductor
Alan Lindgren   Keyboards
Miguel Martinez   Celli
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Linda Press   Background Vocals
Reinie Press   Bass
Doug Rhone   Guitar
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Ron Tutt   Drums
Arturo Velasco   Trombone,Euphonium
Francine Walsh   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Michael Ferril   Violin
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
Norm Hughes   Violin
Johana Krejci   Violin
Robert Berg   Viola
Brian Benning   Violin
Sally Berman   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Maxine Waters   Background Vocals
King Errison   Percussion
Matthew Cooker   Celli
Alex Gorlovsky   Violin
Don Markese   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Neil Diamond   Composer,Producer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Richard Bennett   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Alan Lindgren   Composer,Director,Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Stone   Principal
Bernie Becker   Engineer,Monitor Mixer
Joe Gannon   Production Design
Peter Fletcher   Creative Consultant
Sam Cole   Associate Music Producer
Todd Gallopo   Art Direction
Stanley Miller   Sound Design
Public Domain   Composer
Steve Appleford   Liner Notes
Steve Richards   Principal
Micah Diamond   Art Direction
David George   Stage Design
Richard Bray   Stage Manager
Kit Charlton   Guitar Techician
Dave Wright   Percussion Technician

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