Neil Diamond - Hot August Night (1972) (MFSL)
Rock | 2cd | XLD Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
MFSL UDCD 2-584 | rel: 1993 | 595Mb
This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best – he's at his most appealing crafting in the studio – but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman. And that also means that it's not just loaded with flair, but with filler, songs like "Porcupine Pie," "Soggy Pretzels," and "And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind" – attempts to write grand, sweeping epics that collapse under their own weight. Still, that's part of the charm of Diamond and while it can sound unbearable on studio albums, it makes some sense here, surrounded by his pomp and circumstance.