Love at the Greek
captures Neil Diamond
at the height of his late-'70s excess. Considerably less kinetic and exciting than the previous double-live album Hot August Night
, Love at the Greek
at the peak of his powers as a schmaltzy showman, hamming up each of his songs for the audience. It's the kind of performance that will please both dedicated fans, who will love Diamond
's no-holds-barred showmanship, as well as listeners with an ear for kitsch, who will no doubt treasure Diamond
's immortal introduction "Ladies and gentlemen...the Fonz! Henry Winkler!" on "Song Sung Blue."