The Long Road Back

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Don't underestimate the importance of the work of the solo members of what was a phenomenally successful group -- Three Dog Night. That band became an amazing hit machine, and the elements that made up such a successful entity deserve a study of their work apart from the original band. With its great 3-D set of cover photos with the flickering kind of effect that Tommy James uses on his "audio movie" A Night in Big City and 64-plus minutes of music, this CD by former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron would qualify as a double vinyl LP. The back cover looks like seven men in a midlife street gang -- The Negron Boys. As with any 16-song release, there are going to be ...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Don't underestimate the importance of the work of the solo members of what was a phenomenally successful group -- Three Dog Night. That band became an amazing hit machine, and the elements that made up such a successful entity deserve a study of their work apart from the original band. With its great 3-D set of cover photos with the flickering kind of effect that Tommy James uses on his "audio movie" A Night in Big City and 64-plus minutes of music, this CD by former Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron would qualify as a double vinyl LP. The back cover looks like seven men in a midlife street gang -- The Negron Boys. As with any 16-song release, there are going to be highlights and songs that might've worked better as B sides. The disc begins with a dancy, Velvet Underground-type confessional "Livin' With a Jones," which further discusses Negron's substance abuse chronicled in his autobiography Three Dog Nightmare. "Jones" is such a stark and poignant statement on survival that it puts Negron in a different league from the singer of Hoyt Axton's popular but bubblegummy "Joy to the World" -- a new version of which, sounding like Three Dog Night meets Donna Summer, ends this CD. Although it is fun to hear his biggest hit in this fashion, it is the bite of the first track that deserves the attention. "What a Wonder You Saved Me" has a phone call from Negron's daughter and it is these little touches, along with his sophisticated vocals, that make The Long Road Back a charming and very listenable experience. "Mean Old Dog" is a not-very-disguised attack on Negron's old Three Dog Night bandmates. As far as revenge songs go, well, it's not as sharp as "Livin' With a Jones," so one suspects that Negron hates heroin more than his former place of employ; still, lines like "I've got problems with man's best friend/Every dog has got to have his day/But without me puppy/You're just a stray" are nicely vindictive. "The Robin," for Negron's wife, tones things down a bit, and the remake of "Never Been to Spain" is smooth. "Never Was My Plan" and "Took Me Under" seem like quasi-Tony Bennett laments over the ravages of addiction. "The Gift" is not the Lou Reed song, although many of these titles are like Blue Cheer gone Vegas. "Wasn't It You" is a complete about-face, though, like a Marvin Gaye ballad, followed by a remake of his hit from Hair, a folk and strings version of "Easy to Be Hard," which would make the late producer Nick Venet proud. "Soul to Soul" is the video release from this collection, and it's a fun tune, an adult version of Three Dog Night's "Black and White," if you will. "Surrender" is surreal, as is the remake of the Everly Brothers' hit "All I Have to Do Is Dream," containing a scratchy recording from 1958 -- Negron's very first recording -- blended into the new performance. Negron is an important rock & roll artist, and this album feels like the total statement he could never have made as part of the hitmaking formula known as Three Dog Night, but it was the success of that band that gives this solo disc its place in rock history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 076744017222
  • Catalog Number: 40172

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Livin' With a Jones (4:51)
  2. 2 Everyday People (3:09)
  3. 3 What a Wonder (You Saved Me) (3:46)
  4. 4 Mean Old Dog (5:37)
  5. 5 The Robin (4:25)
  6. 6 Never Been to Spain (3:49)
  7. 7 Never Was My Plan (1:58)
  8. 8 Took Me Under (4:29)
  9. 9 The Gift (1:48)
  10. 10 Wasn't It You (2:32)
  11. 11 Easy to Be Hard (3:22)
  12. 12 Soul to Soul (5:30)
  13. 13 The Long Road Back (4:30)
  14. 14 Surrender (5:34)
  15. 15 (All I Have to Do Is) Dream (4:02)
  16. 16 Joy to the World (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Negron Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bryan Loren Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Ming Freeman Piano, Keyboards, Vocal Harmony
Carl Gorodetzky Concert Master
Doug Grigsby Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Diane Louie Conductor
Dean Parks Acoustic Guitar
Paul Peterson Bass
Lynn Roderick Background Vocals
Jimmy Varner Background Vocals
Michael Herring Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shaunna Bolton Background Vocals
Jarod Barnes Drums
Kat Dyson Guitar
Technical Credits
Bryan Loren Arranger
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Ming Freeman Arranger, MIDI Programming
Doug Grigsby Arranger
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Diane Louie Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
The Nashville String Machine Contributor
Chuck Negron Producer
Hubert Spencer Liner Notes
Erik Zobler Engineer
Lisa Sutton Art Direction
Dave Audé Producer
Sam Ward Producer
Allan Parry Graphic Assistant
Tom Baker Mastering
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