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Hot August Night

by Neil Diamond

Hot August Night by Neil Diamond

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Hot August Night

by Neil Diamond

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Label: Geffen
Released in time for the 1972 Christmas market, Hot August Night is ground zero for Diamond's reputation as a total hunk. Rocking shrink-wrap denim and a dense thicket of chest hair, the singer definitely channels the sweaty swagger of Tom Jones. Musically, however, he's all about replicating the end-times bombast of Elvis' Vegas show: schmaltz rockers, soul stirrers and soaring ballads, all of them drenched in strings and percussion. It's a unique vision for sure. Plus, the between-song banter is kind of weird, like supper-club small talk filtered through the hippies' existential profundity.

About This Album

Released in time for the 1972 Christmas market, Hot August Night is ground zero for Diamond's reputation as a total hunk. Rocking shrink-wrap denim and a dense thicket of chest hair, the singer definitely channels the sweaty swagger of Tom Jones. Musically, however, he's all about replicating the end-times bombast of Elvis' Vegas show: schmaltz rockers, soul stirrers and soaring ballads, all of them drenched in strings and percussion. It's a unique vision for sure. Plus, the between-song banter is kind of weird, like supper-club small talk filtered through the hippies' existential profundity.

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About This Album

Released in time for the 1972 Christmas market, Hot August Night is ground zero for Diamond's reputation as a total hunk. Rocking shrink-wrap denim and a dense thicket of chest hair, the singer definitely channels the sweaty swagger of Tom Jones. Musically, however, he's all about replicating the end-times bombast of Elvis' Vegas show: schmaltz rockers, soul stirrers and soaring ballads, all of them drenched in strings and percussion. It's a unique vision for sure. Plus, the between-song banter is kind of weird, like supper-club small talk filtered through the hippies' existential profundity.