Three Dog Night: C/D

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The mere mention of these guys' name just SCREAMS early seventies. Bread is about the only other consistently successful band I can think of that defines the BRADY BUNCH era so well. Three Dog Night had a solid run of hit singles between 1969-75 - "Mama Told Me Not To Come"." "Joy To The World". "Shambala". "Liar". "One". (And that's not even half.)

Just like most hit machines, they didn't break up so much as fade away. Even yacht-rock doofuses like the Doobie Brothers had a farewell tour and an album behind it. But on the other hand, groups like Pablo Cruise, the Little River Band, and Three Dog Night just sort of quietly tiptoed away when their time was up, and hardly anyone noticed.

So, what's the verdict? AM radio genuises, or oldies station irritants?

And will anybody here ride for the non-hits? (I bought a copy of their SUITABLE FOR FRAMING LP - someone else recommended it - and was surprised at how well it held up...they didn't just save their best things for the A-sides of their singles. Haven't gotten around to buying their other albums though, and they had several.)

Rev. Hoodoo, Sunday, 30 September 2007 05:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Back in the day I would have sneered at them, but so many of their songs hold up today. Has to be Classic.

In fact they seem to be reunited and playing fairs lately, don't know the lineup.

nickn, Sunday, 30 September 2007 08:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Eli's Coming is a youtube favourite of mine.

Bob Six, Sunday, 30 September 2007 10:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

Classic. The first music I remember hearing, really, along with Elton John's first Greatest Hits.. When my parents would get together and drink with friends in mid-1970s, it was Three Dog Night-- best-of and albums-- in the 8-track all night long. So I associate the music with watching people having a good time. I've been saying for a while that Paul Thomas Anderson or somebody like him will use "Shambala" in an amazing film sequence and these guys will enjoy a revival because of it (maybe that has already happened?) I also love their version of "Black and White", which was a very inspiring idea to a kid in the 70s.

Mark Rich@rdson, Sunday, 30 September 2007 14:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Pretty easy to find this in decent shape on vinyl for $1, worth getting:

Mark Rich@rdson, Sunday, 30 September 2007 15:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Their version of Harry Nilsson's "One" = DUD
Their version of Randy Newman's "Cowboy" = CLASSIC

Tom D., Tuesday, 2 October 2007 08:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

awesome use of "easy to be hard" over the opening shots of 'zodiac'

omar little, Saturday, 12 January 2008 23:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Among the non-hits, seek out "I'd Be So Happy," probably the prettiest ballad they ever did. Also "It's for You" and "My Impersonal Life," as I gushed in this AMG review:

Joseph McCombs, Sunday, 13 January 2008 16:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

"In fact they seem to be reunited and playing fairs lately, don't know the lineup."

Last I heard, it was singers Danny Hutton and Cory Wells with a new backup band. The third guy, Chuck Negron, does the same circuit on his own.

As far as the non-hits go, I am partial to "Rock & Roll Widow" (flip of "Mama Told Me Not To Come").

Rev. Hoodoo, Sunday, 13 January 2008 17:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

"Feelin' Alright" is pretty funky, huh?

Jordan, Wednesday, 16 April 2008 19:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

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clemenza, Friday, 14 July 2017 12:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

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