August 22, 2012 – 5:59 am

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Alternative artwork by Tony Priest - Thanks!
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Los Angeles 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; August 18, 2012. Very good to excellent audience recording.

If you are a Neil Diamond fan, chances are you would have worn out a couple of copies of the double-LP set; owned the CD when it first appeared; upgraded to the 2000 edition with three bonus tracks and, possibly, own the Mobile Fidelity version of the album. Don’t look now but the 40th anniversary of the album (due July 31, 2012) will add another four tracks  (Gitchy Goomy; I Think It’s Going To Rain Today; Modern Day Version Of Love; Musician Intros) not found in the earlier releases.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hot August Night, Diamond returned to the venue that made him famous - the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles - for two shows on August 11 and 16, 2012. Response was so overwhelming that three more dates were added - August 18, 23 and 25.

Steve Baltin of The Hollywood Reporter wrote of the August 11 show:

[Neil Diamond] acknowledged his own history on Saturday night, returning to the Greek for the first time in 25 years. “Forty years ago it made my day, made my year, made my professional life, the Greek Theatre did,” he said of the album that changed his career. Indeed, the impact of the venue was foremost on Diamond’s mind and he seemed visibly moved when, during the intro to “Cherry, Cherry,” he had the house lights turned all the way up to “take in” the crowd. “I love you,” he said to the screaming masses. “This is a beautiful sight for me”…

As shrewd a performer as any touring today, one who, like Bruce Springsteen, knows his audience exceptionally well, Diamond grasped the significance of the shows not just for himself, but for his devout fans, many of whom were either reliving their past or trying to tap into a moment in time they might have missed on the first go-round. As a result, the shows played heavily on both nostalgia and merriment.

Whether it was the sing-along reprisals of both “Red, Red Wine” and “Sweet Caroline,” which was delivered three times in some capacity, or the patriotic glee of “America,” which featured digital fireworks and red, white and blue imagery, the show was a testament to escapism. Some of that may have come from Diamond himself, who, at the age of 71, seems at the prime of his life both professionally and personally.

Thanks to BLG who recorded the show and shared the tracks on Dime.

Picture by Jewel Diamond, posted at - Thanks!

Source: CA-14(cards) > CA-Ugly > Sony PCM-M10 @ 24/44.1
Location: South Terrace, Row F
Transfer: M10 > usb > MacBook Pro > Adobe Audition > Audacity > xACT > FLAC
Raised overall volume and dithered in Adobe Audition, no EQ.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (1.4MB)
Track 102. Soolaimon (6.9MB)
Track 103. Beautiful Noise (4.7MB)
Track 104. Forever in Blue Jeans (4.9MB)
Track 105. Love on the Rocks (5.6MB)
Track 106. Hello Again (4.9MB)
Track 107. Play Me (5.5MB)
Track 108. Shilo (5.2MB)
Track 109. Red Red Wine (3.5MB)
Track 110. banter (1.7MB)
Track 111. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon (4.8MB)
Track 112. banter (3.8MB)
Track 113. Cherry, Cherry (10.6MB)
Track 114. Solitary Man (4.5MB)
Track 115. banter (2.2MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Glory Road (6.6MB)
Track 202. I’m a Believer (9.9MB)
Track 203. Happy Birthday (to Neil’s mom) (1.8MB)
Track 204. Cracklin’ Rosie (4.2MB)
Track 205. And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind (7.5MB)
Track 206. Porcupine Pie (3.2MB)
Track 207. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (7.7MB)
Track 208. Crunchy Granola Suite (6.8MB)
Track 209. Morningside (6.3MB)
Track 210. Holly Holy (6.9MB)
Track 211. Sweet Caroline (9.0MB)
Track 212. I Am… I Said (10.4MB)
Track 213. America (6.2MB)
Track 214. Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show (9.7MB)
TT: 122:03

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  1. 14 Responses to “NEIL DIAMOND - LOS ANGELES 2012”

  2. So… Neil gets no love here? That’s a shame. He is quite a talent.

    By Adam on Aug 23, 2012

  3. so was al jolson but no one wants his shows either.

    By judge juhdee on Aug 23, 2012

  4. I love Neil Diamond.
    We used his music at my bar mitzvah and everyone danced .

    By len hoffman on Aug 23, 2012

  5. I am I said !

    By Glen Frohman on Aug 23, 2012

  6. dlebe ! blem ba dootke limm .
    “Darth” da bey do dood ! HAlla sei` halle sie !

    By djembe djdzu on Aug 23, 2012

  7. shhhh! I am contemplating deep significance of porcupine pie!
    sounds like they enjoyed themselves.

    By 4yrsnojob on Aug 23, 2012

  8. I liked the show and streamed a few tracks. But we need to be honest; Neil has performed the same basic show for years. Sounds great if you were in the audience, but the original records were better, especially from the Bang and Uni years.

    By tony on Aug 24, 2012

  9. The 1971 show from UK is all on YouTube. Great intimate concert.

    By 4yrsnojob on Aug 24, 2012

  10. Love Neil.Saw the San Jose show and he’s always good. Not bad for a 71yr old chap. Good to see him on here. Thanks BigO.

    By natel nawami on Aug 24, 2012

  11. Neil’s shows mimic Elvis’ mid-1970’s shows without the pills and karate. A great band, all the hits and all a fan could want. Just wish the tickets weren’t so pricey. Offering seats on twitter for $35 for tonites PHX show. Maybe I’ll go after hearing this show. Probably not. Fire up “12 Songs” or “Home Before Dark” and consume a pitcher of Margaritas and make out with my lovely wife like it was the late 60’s again! Sweet Caroline (Oh Oh Oh).

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 25, 2012

  12. Here is a way some people got around the high ticket prices at this show.,0,400164.column

    By playaboy on Aug 26, 2012


    Darn right good, too!

    By Pbeaking on Sep 5, 2012

  14. Thanks to Tony Priest for additional artwork.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 2, 2013

  15. Original artwork good, but it did look like Neil belonged on the bridge of the Next Gen Enterprise!

    By 4yrsnojob on Feb 2, 2013

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