Recorded at Madison Square Garden in August 2008, Hot August Night/NYC: Live from Madison Square Garden
finds Neil Diamond
performing an extensive, even exhaustive, collection of songs in front of a capacity crowd. There are a few songs from his Rick Rubin
-shepherded 2000s comeback albums, but this, like the other Hot August Night
editions before it, is hits-heavy and crowd-pleasing -- and if Neil
doesn't quite have the energy or voice that he did in the '70s, he still knows how to work an audience and leave them satisfied. As a bonus, the two-CD set includes six songs recorded at other locales, resulting in a package that includes 33 songs in all.