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Neil Diamond: Thank You Australia Concert - Live 1976 (2008)

Neil Diamond  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Neil Diamond
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018TLRVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Neil Diamond is an American legend. He is one of the finest and most successful songwriters of the last forty years as well as being a multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the most dynamic and consummate live performers of his generation. This concert from the Sydney Sports Stadium was the culmination of his Australia & New Zealand tour in 1976, an event that marked his comeback to the live stage after a creatively fruitful four year sabbatical from live performance. The vast crowd was typical of this record-breaking tour, still one of the most memorable in Australian history, and Neil Diamond delivered the enthralling performance of a true showman.

TRACK LISTING 1) Missa 2)Soolaimon 3) Play Me 4) Solitary Man 5) Cherry Cherry 6) Sweet Caroline 7) The Last Picasso 8) Longfellow Serenade 9) Song Sung Blue 10) Cracklin' Rosie 11) Holly Holy 12) I Am...I Said 13) Anthem 14) Be 15) Dear Father 16) Skybird 17) Lonely Looking Sky 18) Anthem (reprise) 19) Be (reprise) 20) Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show 21) I've Been This Way Before

Bonus Features * Restored version of "Morningside", a track that was partly cut due to a commercial break in the original live broadcast. * 50-minute interview with Neil Diamond filmed during the Australian tour. * Neil Diamond's on stage commercial breaks. * Behind The Scenes: David Frost's original build-up to the concert for Channel 9 TV. * Photo Gallery. * English Closed Captioning throughout the performance.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond at his Best June 12, 2008
This is a fantastic concert that show cases many of Neil Diamond's greatest hits. I still remember watching this concert live on TV as a teenager over 30 years ago. This concert is more in the 'Hot August Night' style - which is vastly superior to Neil Diamond's more recent DVD concerts and live CDs - there is no screaming, no mundane dialogue from an aging artist - just excellent music. This concert is highly recommended to anyone who is a fan of Neil Diamond's 60's and 70's style of delivery.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ohh what could have been. July 6, 2008
As a life long Neil Diamond fan, in fact I can remember being rocked to sleep as a baby to the echo's of Hot August Night, I was so excited to find this DVD and the era the it represented, the Mid-70's when Neil Diamond was the essential Singer-Songwritter of his generation. Nobody had yet heard of Billy Joel, Elton John or Bruce Springsteen. When it came to male singer-songwritters, Neil was the man. The song selection and concert presentation on this DVD is first rate a nice mix of his early classics and just released songs from Johnathan Livingston Seagull and Beutiful Noise recordings with an appropiriate amount of crowd interaction. In the Mid-70's Diamond's voice was still strong and he was singing his music, not talking it like he has progressed towards in the mid-80's and later. My biggest disappointment with this video is the sound mixing. Realizing this video is over 30 years old and there are serious sound limitations in the source tape, but still it does not appear to have been any effort or attempt to clean up the sound. There is no 5:1 suround sound offered and in portions of the DVD the sound has a repetative "hissing" that is either an poor dual layering of the disc or a source tape defect. I found this sound defect to be very distracting from an otherwise historical DVD presentation. It is a shame, the producers did not spend a few more dollars to clean up and present the audio in the first class presentation that it deserved. If the music from Woodstock/Jimi Hendrix and early Rolling Stones can be made almost prestine, then there is no excuse for the defects in this DVD's audio. So for the concert, songs, presentation 5 stars, for the audio 1 star, overall 3 stars, but ohh what it COULD have been.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1976... The Final Frontier for Neil Diamond October 6, 2008
I can't believe the negative reviews! This is by far the best Neil Diamond DVD out there! Sure, if you like all that Heartlight/Coming-to-America/Bring-me-no-flowers crap, and if you like his glittery costumes and Vegas schtick, then you'll hate this DVD. Mainly because ND was still a great songwriter/performer at this point. After 1976, Neil slowly moved into the realm of shlocky muzak balladeer, down there with Lionel Richie & Leo Sayer. Some reviewers complain about the sound. If you have a decent stereo TV, this sounds fine. Just turn it up. Those with 5.1 surround sound and a pristine home theater will hate this and most 60's & '70's DVD's. Such people wouldn't be happy unless Neil played in their freaking living room! Yes, I think Hot August Night is his undisputed peak, but until that is released on DVD, this Australian show stands as classic Neil Diamond. I subtract one star for the cheesy '70's synthesizer that replaces counter-melody guitar lines on Cracklin' Rosie & a few others. Thankfully, there are no disco songs to cringe over.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Neil Diamond DVD ever! July 4, 2008
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This is the best Neil Diamond DVD to come out. Other Neil Diamond Dvds are either chopped up Tv specials or 60 min made for TV affairs. Not so with "Thank you Ausrailla" concert in March 1976. Recorded before a large crowd of 38000 people(a record at the time)You get the complete 2 hour concert plus bonus features.

Most experts agree that it's better to film a concert rather than videotaping it. However, It appears that the tapes have been preserved and taken care of. The quality of the picture and sound are very good.

There is a bonus track of "Morningside", which has been restored. During the origanal broadcast, it was cut short by a comerical break. I wish they would have edited this song into the concert. This is only a minor thing-no big deal.

If you are a diamond fan, you will want this DVD. Buy it. You won't find a more complete Neil Diamond concert on DVD than this!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond: Thank You Australia, 1976 August 25, 2009
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All these reviews have made excellent points, and the shortcomings, from today's perspective, have been validly pointed out - but I want to emphasize that this concert was 33 YEARS AGO! Yes, we have come a LONG way since then in audio/video production for live concerts, but we must understand that wasn't the way it was in those days. And, yes, Neil is older now ... but: AREN'T WE ALL? Putting it all into perspective: ABBA had just barely won the Eurovision Song Contest and were just barely getting off the ground. Now, doesn't THAT seem like it happened in the Stone Age? So much has happened since those days. IF you are a Neil Diamond fan, appreciate this concert for what it was then: totally dynamic. Speaking just for myself: I feel darn lucky to have come across this DVD and have added it to my collection ... love it! It arrived today, and I IMMEDIATELY sat down and watched it. Sure, we WISH we had the modern production techniques back then to have smoothed all sorts of stuff out (such as not having TV cameras with numerous low shots into glaring overhead lights), but I'm sure they did the best with what they had at the time. As I mentioned in a prior review of his HOT AUGUST NIGHT/NYC performance (DVD): we saw his show live in Paris the year after this '76 concert. Yes, it was classic (young) Neil Diamond ... dynamic ... awesome performance. And this DVD reminds me so much of that Paris gig. I will put in a plug for the HOT AUGUST NIGHT/NYC DVD, again, however. It HAS all the modern audio/video techniques fully utilized ... with a bigger band ... totally awesome experience. I would unhesitatingly recommend BOTH DVDs for your collection if you're a fan.

UPDATE: 11-06-09: Just watched this concert again. It was the first time since my initial review, above.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great unforgettable music, and an extremely sensational performer.
Published 18 days ago by Oscar Lechuga
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Again, it's Neil...'nuff said
Published 1 month ago by Patricia J Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars 1976 show
One of the best ND shows I have ever seen.....just back from his four year hiatus, Neil is at his peak.....great band great line up of songs...... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond is golden in his prime.
Two hours of Neil playing great acoustic rock & roll with his classic band, the same folks who played on the immortal "Hot August Night" concert four years prior. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mark schlesinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Neil Diamond
This is a great DVD if you like Neil Diamond. I have a number of his CDs. I met him before he got popular so his music is special to me.
Published 3 months ago by Gretchen
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Neil Diamond need say no more
Chose this rating because of the gr8ness of the product & service response. Nothing to dislike. Would recommend to all with a gr8 ear
& love the service
Published 3 months ago by 'Itzy'
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Concert!
Don't pay any attention to the negative reviews of this DVD, even though there aren't that many. This is Neil at his best in the '70s
and the bonus features make it extra... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sherry Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Neil Diamond Fans
This video is great for a Neil Diamond fan. But keep in mind it was a TV broadcast in 1976. So, don't expect HD quality as to the video, and also don't much as to the sound... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John R. Hultman
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Concert!
It's fascinating to take in the 70s again and listen to the music which propelled Neil Diamond to international stardom. This DVD was well worth the purchase.
Published 6 months ago by Ron Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond without the glitz. He sings some of his greatest hits on the DVD. His interaction with his audience points out how popular and well known his music is.
Published 6 months ago by GrammaBarbara
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