THREE DOG NIGHT: ‘GREATEST HITS LIVE’
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Three Dog Night were one of the most successful combos in the USA in the late 1960s / early 70s.
Unusual insofar as they sported a three-pronged vocal front line – namely Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron, they enjoyed two sizeable UK hit singles in the shape of the Randy Newman opus, Mama Told Me Not To Come and Joy To The World (penned by Hoyt Axton), the latter of which had the classic opening line, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog…”, but over in the USA, they were HUGE.
Well, the band are commemorated by way of a twelve-track Greatest Hits Live album, released on the Shout Factory.(distributed in the UK by Essential).
Three Dog Night were also unusual in that they were not prolific songwriters, and were reliant on a strong selection of material from outside the band resources.
Fortunately, the band were very good at choosing material that would suit their variant vocal approaches, and this album shows their great Good Taste magnificently.
With songs from the pen of Harry Nilsson (One), a couple of Paul Williams items (An Old Fashioned Love Song and The Family of Man), Laura Nyro (Eli’s Coming) and our own Russ Ballard (of Argent, who wrote one of the biggest of the Three Dog Night US hits, Liar, included here, of course), this in-concert collection has the added bonus of the band’s energetic onstage approach.
Although their time has passed, they are staples of ‘Gold’ radio programming all over the world.
One Man Band / The Family of Man / Easy To Be Hard / Never been To Spain / Mama Told Me (Not To Come) / An Old Fashioned Love Song / Eli’s Coming / Liar / Celebrate / Try A Little Tenderness / One / Joy To The World