It Ain't Easy/Naturally

It Ain't Easy/Naturally

by Three Dog Night
     
 
Since Three Dog Night's albums were typically short, single-disc compilations that pair two of them together are not only logical but a good value, too. Case in point: this one, with 19 tracks from two of the band's releases from 1970, it clocks at just over 68 minutes. The sequencing of It Ain't Easy has been changed from the American edition that led off with

Overview

Since Three Dog Night's albums were typically short, single-disc compilations that pair two of them together are not only logical but a good value, too. Case in point: this one, with 19 tracks from two of the band's releases from 1970, it clocks at just over 68 minutes. The sequencing of It Ain't Easy has been changed from the American edition that led off with the disc's biggest hit, "Mama Told Me Not to Come." That song appears here buried in the programming at cut seven, which changes the feel of the finished product. The easy rolling version of Paul Williams' "Out in the Country" was the only other charting nugget, although the first appearance of Elton John's "Your Song," which predated John's own version on his debut by a few months, proves how sharp the group's knack for finding great tunes was. The one original, "Rock and Roll Widow," which is co-credited to all seven members, is the worst track by a large margin, further proving that their strength was finding and covering other artist's material. The opening, Free's "Woman" is an inspired choice and one of It Ain't Easy's highlights. Naturally, Three Dog Night's second album from 1970, is a better, harder rocking overall effort, even if its most memorable selection, "Joy to the World," is almost an afterthought as the closing tune. Someone had to dig to unearth Spooky Tooth's soulful "I've Got Enough Heartache" (the reissue leaves off the "s"), a deep album choice from Spooky Two, but the pay-off is a soulful performance that nonetheless didn't help Tooth's floundering career. The backing group co-penned "Fire Eater," one of the few instrumentals in TDN's catalog; it's a tough, swampy riff rocker that features some sizzling guitar from Mike Allsup that still didn't help it from getting lost in the band's catalog. The digital remastering of both albums, done in 2006, is good if not spectacular, and writer Bruce Eder's liner notes are informative without being cloying.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/2009
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261208750
catalogNumber:
875
Rank:
44446

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Three Dog Night   Primary Artist
Cory Wells   Vocals
Mike Allsup   Guitar
Jimmy Greenspoon   Keyboards
Danny Hutton   Vocals
Chuck Negron   Vocals
Joe Schermie   Bass
Floyd Sneed   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Jesse Colin Young   Composer
Ron Davies   Composer
Thomas Jefferson Kaye   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Cory Wells   Composer
Alan O'Day   Composer
Mike Allsup   Composer
Alan Brackett   Composer
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Jimmy Greenspoon   Composer
Danny Hutton   Composer
John Merrill   Composer
Chuck Negron   Composer
Richard Podolor   Producer,Audio Production
Joe Schermie   Composer
Floyd Sneed   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Bruce Eder   Liner Notes

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