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It Ain't Easy/Naturally

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261208750
  • Catalog Number: 875
  • Sales rank: 15,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Woman (4:41)
  2. 2 Cowboy (3:43)
  3. 3 It Ain't Easy (2:49)
  4. 4 Out in the Country (3:10)
  5. 5 Good Feeling (1957) (3:37)
  6. 6 Rock and Roll Widow (2:58)
  7. 7 Mama Told Me Not to Come (3:21)
  8. 8 Your Song (4:03)
  9. 9 Good Time Living (4:11)
  10. 10 I Can Hear You Calling (2:59)
  11. 11 One Man Band (2:54)
  12. 12 I'll Be Creepin' (3:33)
  13. 13 Fire Easter (3:56)
  14. 14 Can't Get Enough of It (2:55)
  15. 15 Sunlight (3:51)
  16. 16 Heavy Church (3:41)
  17. 17 Liar (3:55)
  18. 18 I've Got Enough Heartache (4:01)
  19. 19 Joy to the World (3:41)
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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
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Cynthia Weil Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Bruce Eder Liner Notes
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