Daily Dose of Disdain
Hmmm. I'm sorta conflicted on this one. I will admit - however uncool this may make me - to being a Diamond fan. And I have seen him 2-3 times (TCC: 1976-7?; Reunion Arena: Sometimes in the '80s). This song isn't intrinsically a bad one, only made so when it's turned into a 10-minute audience sing-along.Of late, in preparation for bike rides in the cooler weather, I've been ripping my CD collection to MP3 format for my handlebar-mounted BT speaker. While I cherry pick tracks that go onto the shuffle-playlist, I will download Hot August Night in its entirety - it is, in my estimable judgment, one of the finest concert recordings, of any genre, made. In those shows he was absolutely at the top of his game.
I am I said.
One of the great performances on HAN, as well as Holly Holy, Crunchy Granola Suite, Brother Love's...Show, and Done Too Soon. A few years ago, well after Algore invented the internets, I undertook to research several individuals from that song, with whom I was not familiar: Rousseau, Aleichem, Chessman.One curious omission from HAN is Kentucky Woman, which, one supposes can be forgiven, as Gold - recorded at the at the Troubador, has an excellent version (better than the original single release, IMO). I prefer ND's version to the Paice, Lord, & Blackmore version, although it's OK.
There is only one Neil Diamond, but I'm pretty sure there are dozens of bitches rapping about social justice and racism.