The Complete Hit Singles

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Three Dog Night ran off a string of 21 Top 40 hits between 1968 and 1975, including three number ones: "Joy to the World," "Mama Told Me Not to Come," and "Black & White." Despite this, they are often written off as a lightweight band who couldn't write their own songs. Granted they were laid-back and very easygoing, but they had some heft. The vocals of Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton, and Cory Wells were surprisingly soulful and the band that backed them was solid, and even rocked pretty hard on occasion. They didn't write songs -- it is true -- but their genius was picking songs. Along with producer Richard Podolor, the group found songs by writers like Randy Newman, Harry...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Three Dog Night ran off a string of 21 Top 40 hits between 1968 and 1975, including three number ones: "Joy to the World," "Mama Told Me Not to Come," and "Black & White." Despite this, they are often written off as a lightweight band who couldn't write their own songs. Granted they were laid-back and very easygoing, but they had some heft. The vocals of Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton, and Cory Wells were surprisingly soulful and the band that backed them was solid, and even rocked pretty hard on occasion. They didn't write songs -- it is true -- but their genius was picking songs. Along with producer Richard Podolor, the group found songs by writers like Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Hoyt Axton, Paul Williams, and John Hiatt and turned them into hits. So the group had laudable credentials, but more importantly, the songs collected here play like the soundtrack to the '70s. If you were just a casual fan, listening to Complete Hit Singles provides moment after moment of "I didn't remember these guys did that song!" exclamations. The hits just keep coming one after the other: "Joy to the World," "Celebrate," "Shambala," "Liar," "An Old Fashioned Love Song," and "Let Me Serenade You." Never sappy, never overbearing, always settled into a low-key, hooky groove, these songs are about as good as early-'70s pop gets. Another impressive thing about Three Dog Night is that they never showed any signs of slowing down. 1974's "Play Something Sweet Brickyard Blues" is just as good as "Eli's Coming" from 1969. The only thing that stopped them was the inevitable bout of creative differences that split the band up in 1976. This collection basically supplants the excellent Best of Three Dog Night from 1983. It boasts improved sound and one more song, their last Top 40 hit, "Til the World Ends," from 1975.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Utv Records
  • UPC: 602498614709
  • Catalog Number: 000177902
  • Sales rank: 2,900

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Three Dog Night Primary Artist
Cory Wells Vocals
Mike Allsup Guitar
Jimmy Greenspoon Keyboards
Danny Hutton Vocals
Skip Konte Keyboards
Lee Loughnane Trumpet
Mickey McMeel Percussion
Chuck Negron Vocals
James Pankow Trombone, Trumpet
Walter Parazaider Saxophone
Jack Ryland Bass
Joe Schermie Bass
Floyd Sneed Percussion, Drums
Ron Stockert fender rhodes
Rusty Young Pedal Steel Guitar
Gordon de Witty Organ
Patrick Sullivan Cello
Michael Allsup Guitar
Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
John Hiatt Composer
Dave Loggins Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Laura Nyro Composer
Leo Sayer Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Earl Robinson Composer
Russ Ballard Composer
David Courtney Composer
January Tyme Composer
Thomas Jefferson Kaye Composer
Galt MacDermot Composer
Garry Bonner Composer
Jack Conrad Composer
Bill Cooper Engineer
John Finley Composer
Alan Gordon Composer
Jimmie Haskell String Arrangements
Jimmy Ienner Producer, Audio Production
Gabriel Mekler Producer, Audio Production
Daniel Moore Composer
Richard Podolor Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Allen Toussaint Composer
Paul Williams Composer
David Arkin Composer
James Rado Composer
Gerome Ragni Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Harry Woods Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Billy Fox Composer
Roger Nichols Composer
Glenn Barry Production Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing run of early-70s hits

    Geffen offers up the goods on this collection: over 70 minutes of music - Three Dog Nights entire top-40 catalog. An astounding run of 21 tracks that reached the top-40, topping the chart 3 times, across a 6 year period from 1969 to 1974. Though they might not be considered innovators (their live shows, on the other hand, are reputed to have pioneered many modern touring techniques), they turned out a string of radio hits whose longevity speaks to the ear-pleasing consistency of their work. ¶ What's truly amazing is that they charted so consistently in the mid-Rock era as performers of other writer's songs. Their ear for material was unerring, including Harry Nilsson's "One," Lauro Nyro's "Eli's Coming," Hoyt Axton's "Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain," Leo Sayer's "The Show Must Go On," Randy Newman's "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," Paul Williams "Old Fashioned Love Song" and many more. Every one of these songs is more closely associated with Three Dog Night than with the song's composer. ¶ Unabashedly commercial, Three Dog Night crafted catchy, memorable rock songs and ballads, based primarily on the trio of voices (Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells) who sang lead. Though these songs may strike a nostalgic chord in those who first heard them in the early-70s, they also sound surprisingly contemporary; the vocals, in particular, sound very fresh and undated. Fans of the band will no doubt miss the album tracks, but those wanting a wall-to-wall hit-single experience will be truly impressed by this band's ability to craft chart-worthy records.

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