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210 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2004
Three Dog Night did one very smart thing back in their time...they went back in and reworked several of their songs for the radio...sometimes strikingly different versions of the tunes from their album counterparts...but the results were always very radio-friendly, punched-up versions that took what were all great songs to begin with and catapulted them to a whole new level...the added guitar break in Joy to the World, the tighter and shorter version of Liar, the extra vocal bridge near the end of Old Fashioned Love Song, even the few seconds of added piano at the end of Eli's very noticeable touches that made these songs just explode out of the radio back in their day. The fact that they all STILL sound fresh today speaks volumes and shows that this was not only a very excellent live band (the harmonies are STILL razor sharp, if you don't believe me, go see them when they come to your area) but a very smart band (and production team) that knew what would make these songs hits, and there's absolutely not a thing in the world wrong with that...they picked great songs from great writers and did great arrangements of them all (kind of sounds to me like someone else's master plan back in 1966 when that group got their own TV series, and their stable of writers was no B-list either). If you have the 14-track Best of Three Dog Night with the album versions of all the hits, then you need to hear this collection, compare and contrast. I guarantee you this one will be the collection that sticks in your ears!
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121 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2004
Ok, the mono versions of these songs, and I say VERSIONS not mixes because vocals and instrument tracks were often re-recorded for the singles, are great to have on one CD. The mono singles included on this disc are way superior to the LP versions, which were often rather muddy stereo mixes. Chuck Negron himself told me that, like The Beatles, the group was present and involved with the mono mixes, leaving the stereo versions to the engineers.
So, these are the singles, as the group intended, and the way we heard them on AM radio in the 70's.
And come on, the LP version of "The Show Must Go On" has that vomit inducing ending that NEVER ENDS! I can do without that, thank you.
Don't knock MONO. Every pre-1970 Motown single is definitive in mono, as are all the Beatles and Stones singles. "Pet Sounds?" 'Nuff said!!
- Vinny
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2004
I have both 'The Best of 3 Dog Night' and this new collection. Whilst I'm not thrilled that Geffen did not specify which tracks are in mono, it really doesn't matter. The sound is excellent. I listened to both versions of "Joy to the World" and the results are... stereo version, hissy; mono version, no hiss and more propulsive. People tend to get their shorts in a bind when they hear the word "mono", but when it's done right (such as Phil Spector's productions and Motown 45s), the results can be explosive. And that's what the mono versions on this set are. You have to remember back in the 70s lots of music was still being played on AM and singles were still being recorded in mono for the format.
Erick Labson should be given some sort of award for his remastering job. He brings such a warmth to the sound and pulls out insturments you never knew were there; just listen to "Liar". It's a revelation. We've heard these songs for years, but as I played the disc I felt like I was listening to them for the first time.
What we have here is the definitive one disc compilation of 3 Dog Night. The songs are listed in chronological order, there's a nice essay, and ample credits. Lyrics would have been nice, but hey, we all know the words.
So, don't be afraid of a little mono. Toss out your copy of 'The Best of 3 Dog Night' and pick up this one. You will be glad you did.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
The Complete Hit Singles gives us so much of the best of Three Dog Night! I love most all of their songs; they rock well and they never disappoint me! The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is well done, too. Sure, a few may argue that a song or two more could have been here--or maybe they could have replaced a song with another one--but overall this is a rather strong single CD compilation from this great band.

"One" starts the CD with a tune you're bound to recognize if you've listened to the radio or been a fan of this group for a while. "One" shines bright as these guys rock and the electric guitars work so well! Three Dog Night sing and play this song about the loneliness that we all can feel about being single and they do it up right! "Try A Little Tenderness" has some great organ playing; and listen for "Easy To Be Hard" from Hair. "Easy To Be Hard' gets a wonderful interpretation from Three Dog Night and I'm sure you'll enjoy this melancholy song as much as I do if you haven't heard it before. "Eli's Coming" features great harmonizing and more great electric guitar for this rockin' tune; and there's also "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" with its funky `70s beat and the music is excellent to go along with their vocals. "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" is easily a major highlight of this album.

"Joy To The World" is an excellent adaptation of a rather old set of words and music; this rock and roll version of "Joy To The World" ahs always stunned me with its beauty; and Three Dog Night does this with loads of positive energy that infuses this tune with a celebratory feeling about the joys of life and peace. In addition, Three Dog Night does a great job on "An Old Fashioned Love Song." The keyboard work includes an organ and they harmonize to perfection--and beyond! The music that goes with their singing fits in perfectly without ever drowning out the band's singing; "An Old Fashioned Love Song" is arguably one of their greatest hits ever. "Never Been To Spain" glows just as bright as Three Dog Night deliver this tune with a rock flavor mixed in with a twist of country--and man, how this does work well! Great!

"Black And White" encourages peace between white people and black people--and everyone else of other races and origins, too. "Black And White" is a strong number with the percussion marking the beat; and the melody is both catchy and quite memorable. "Shambala" explores a place on this planet where everyone treats everyone else with kindness and respect--inner peace and peace amongst men are once again the theme of this tune by Three Dog Night. "The Show Must Go On" is another stunning ballad that I could never forget--and the sadness belies the somewhat upbeat rock music that goes with the lyrics.

"Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" has a fine arrangement that Three Dog Night perform with much energy; and the album ends so well with Three Dog Night performing "'Til The World Ends." "'Til The World Ends" is a very sensitive ballad and it makes a fine ending for this CD.

Three Dog Night may not have stayed together forever; but while they worked together they turned out some of the greatest rock songs ever! This is a must-have for their fans and it's a stunning starter CD for people just discovering the greatest of Three Dog Night.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2011
I am confused here, this is NOT really all the singles but it is not the complete original singles either! I collect this band and here is skinny on it.Don't get me wrong, Love Three Dog Nights music, anyway, here we go;

1. One (Not the original version which is mono)
2. Try A Little Tenderness (original mono single version)
3. Easy To Be Hard (well, single was in mono) this is stereo
5. Celebrate (Same time but single was a mono mix)
6. Mama Told Me (Not To Come)(not the original version on a single / edit and mono)
7. Out In The Country (Ok)
8. One Man Band" (Ok)
9. Joy To the World (Ok) mono version from single
10. Liar Ok it is the original mono version)The stereo best ofs are NOT this edit.
11. An Old fashioned Love Song (Ok I have this in mono/stereo on 45)Added coda in the single version.
12. Never Been To Spain (ok but mono on 45 and not that there is a big difference)
13. The Family Of Man (Ok)
14. Black & White (Ok but drop out right before the vocal)
15. Pieces Of April (Ok)
16. Shambala (Ok) always a mono mix (stereo LP was fake stereo)
17. Let Me Serenade You (Ok)
18. The Show Must Go On (Ok)
19. Sure As I'm Sittin' Here (It was edited on the single)THIS has the toilet flush towards the end.
20. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)(this was mono and a edit)
21. Til The World Ends (Ok)

So basically 13 tracks out of the 21 are the real single versions & love the album even though I have made myself one with the originals single versions on a CD. So give this a 3 out of 5 because they basically used the same tracks from the "Celebrate" collection which is better then this collection. As for stereo vs mono, that is the way it was in the day and some were stereo which was good too, anyway, all I can say is for the hardcore "Dog" listener, he'll like this far better then previous "Best Of" collections because they used album versions but for the common fan, those other collections are just fine. I just think they should have went the extra mile and used the original singles throughout this album but it still a good listen for everyone!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
One of the most successful American bands of the 1970s', Three Dog Night had 21 chart entries that all made the top 40, including three went all the way to number one and 11 that went top 10. "Complete Hit Singles" is the first single - disc set to compile all 21 of those hit singles.

1969 was the year they first hit it big. After one initial single that failed to chart (Kim Weston's "Nobody"), they started their chart career of quietly with a cover of Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness", which crept into the top 30. That single proved to be a dress rehearsal for the next three singles, all of which made the top 10. First came Harry Nilsson's chilling "One", a million - selling single that became one of their signature songs. That was followed by "Easy To Be Hard" from the musical "Hair" and the Laura Nyro - penned "Eli's Coming". The latter song proved to be a slight change of pace for the group, as they moved out of the ballads territory and rocked out a little more. With their success cmented by the top 15 "Celebrate", Three Dog Night were well on their way into superstardom.

In 1970, then unknown Randy Newman gave the group its first number one hit with the urgent yet humorous "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)". That was followed by Paul Williams' pro - environment "Out In The Country" and the physcadellic "One Man Band".

Three Dog Night undoubtedly hit their peak in 1971 - 72, starting with their biggest hit, the ultrainfectous rocker "Joy To The World". The song was number one for six weeks and sold 12 million copies. That was followed by Ross Ballard's stirring "Liar", Paul Williams' rambling "An Old Fashioned Love Song" and Hoyt Axton's opus "Never Been To Spain". All of them shot into the top 10.

1972's "Seven Seperate Fools" yielded their third and final charttopper with the anti - racist "Black And White". It also featured David Loggins' beautiful ballad "Pieces Of April". 1973's "Cyan" revealed two more major hits with the pensive "Shamabala" and the old - time romp "Let Me Serenade You". 1974's "Hard Labor" spawned a cover of Leo Sayer's "The Show Must Go On". It went to number four and became their last single to reach the top 10. The bluesy John Hiatt - penned top 20 hit "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" was next, followed by Allen Toussaint's "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)". The song signaled the end of Three Dog Night. It became the first of their singles to miss the top 30.

1975's "Coming Down Your Way" made it official that the group had run its course. The album's single "'Til The World Ends" was the last top 40 single for them and the last one of theirs to chart at all. It is possibly the most beautiful song that they ever did, with a great lead vocal by Chuck Negron. They stayed together for another two years before quietly fading in 1977.

Overall, a great single - disc set of Three Dog Night's hit singles. As a matter of fact, it's perfect. Up until now, the only way to obtain all 21 of their singles was the "Celebrate" boxed set. Get this cd today.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
After the break-up of the Beatles and before the disco era, no act ruled the airwaves of FM radio quite like Three Dog Night. I remember while growing up in Dallas that they were commonly referred to as "America's Number One Super Group", and when they played the Cotton Bowl there in 1971, it actually was the top story on the ten o'clock local news! Thus, it does seem odd then that younger people often are not at all acquainted with their work, and in many cases have never even heard of them.

This collection features all 21 of their top 40 hits, eleven of which made the top ten. The group's accomplishments seem especially notable when you consider that Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton, and Cory Wells were talented vocalists that had a penchant for parlaying the work of successful songwriters into huge hits for themselves. This ran counter to the trend of that era that began with the Beatles in which successful ensembles usually wrote and performed their own works and saw songwriting as what distinguished them as artists rather than "just" performers. However, you can't argue with the outcome, whether it be Wells' gritty "Eli's Coming", Hutton's echo chamber-like "Liar", Negron's anguished tenor performance of "One", or when they shared the vocals equally in performances such as 1970's "Out in the Country", one of the original ballads of the environmentalist movement. On top of producing quality work, the trio managed to consistently come up with hits that were quite distinct from one another, thus preventing themselves from being pidgeon-holed into one particular sound.

I think that you'll find that this CD has the distinction of all 21 tracks being quality material. Although it will take you back to the early 70's, Three Dog Night's music does not seem "timestamped" into that era, versus songs from the disco years such as "Ring My Bell" by Anita Ward that make us laugh at ourselves for having ever even listened to such stuff.

If you enjoy this CD you might want to also check out the remastered original recording CD's of Three Dog Night's albums "Naturally", "Harmony", and "Seven Separate Fools" where you'll experience Three Dog Night's tradition of putting out albums that were always full of good music rather than what you often see from many of today's artists - 1 or 2 good tracks and the rest mediocre.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2004
I've read the other reviews here, most of them revolving around the age old "stereo vs. mono" question. Overall, the sound quality is certainly a cut above all of the previous collections. Like most Dog fans, I'd have loved to get sparkling stereo versions of tracks like "Family Of Man" and "Shambala", but it looks like that just isn't in the cards for whatever reason. That said, even the mono tracks are cleaner on this disc and stereo tracks like "Try A Little Kindness" and "The Show Must Go On" sound better than I've ever heard them. I have both the "Best Of" CD from the 80's and the '65-'75 anthology from the 90's and my ears are happy that I bought this new collection.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
On a very cold evening in the Australian outback, an Aborigine hunter would dig a furrow in the ground and bring his dog into the hole with him for bodily warmth. Two dogs were needed for a really bitter night, but the worst night of all was called a THREE DOG NIGHT. Not sure anyone needed to know that, but anyway that's how they got their name!

The band were:
SKIP KONTE (1974-1976) and JIMMY GREENSPOON - Keyboards
JOE SCHERMIE (1969-1971) and JACK RYLAND (1971-1975) - Bass
FLOYD SNEED - Drums and Percussion

As a rock group with worldwide record sales of over 50 million, THREE DOG NIGHT were a genuine chart phenomenon - especially in the States where they released 23 singles on the Dunhill/ABC label between 1968 and 1976. No less than 21 of them charted in the Top 200 (they were handled by Stateside and Probe in the UK and Europe) and it's they that are represented here - in truly fantastic sound quality - on this superb 2004 CD. Most tracks are specific 7" single mixes recorded precisely for that purpose, many are cover versions and then you had the alternate lead vocalists or combinations of all three. Here's a detailed breakdown of what's what:

(74:32 minutes)
1. "One", 1969 on Dunhill/ABC 4191, a HARRY NILSSON cover [Chuck Negron Lead Vocal]
2. "Try A Little Tenderness", 1969 on Dunhill/ABC 4177, made famous by OTIS REDDING [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
3. "Easy To Be Hard", 1969 on Dunhill/ABC 4203 [Chuck Negron Lead Vocal]
4. "Eli's Coming", 1969 on Dunhill/ABC 4215, a LAURA NYRO cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
5. "Celebrate", 1969 on Dunhill/ABC 4227 [Hutton, Negron & Wells Shared Lead Vocals]
6. "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", 1970 on Dunhill/ABC 4239, a RANDY NEWMAN cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
7. "Out In The Country", 1970 on Dunhill/ABC 4250, a PAUL WILLIAMS/ROGER NICHOLLS cover [Hutton, Negron & Wells Shared Vocals]
8. "One Man Band", 1970 on Dunhill/ABC 4262 [Negron & Hutton Shared Vocals]
9. "Joy To the World", 1971 on Dunhill/ABC 4272, a HOYT AXTON cover [Chuck Negron Lead Vocal]
10. "Liar", 1971 on Dunhill/ABC 4282, a RUSS BALLARD cover [Danny Hutton Lead Vocal]
11. "An Old fashioned Love Song", 1971 on Dunhill/ABC 4294, a PAUL WILLIAMS cover [Chuck Negron Lead Vocal]
12. "Never Been To Spain", 1972 on Dunhill/ABC 4299, a HOYT AXTON cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
13. "The Family Of Man", 1972 on Dunhill/ABC 4306, a PAUL WILLIAMS/JACK CONRAD cover [Hutton, Negron & Wells Shared Vocals]
14. "Black & White", 1972 on Dunhill/ABC 4317 [Danny Hutton Lead Vocal]
15. "Pieces Of April", 1972 on Dunhill/ABC 4331 [Chuck Negron Lead Vocal]
16. "Shambala", 1973 on Dunhill/ABC 4352, a DANIEL MOORE cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
17. "Let Me Serenade You", 1973 on Dunhill/ABC 4370, a JOHN FINLEY of RHINOCERUS cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
18. "The Show Must Go On", 1974 on Dunhill/ABC 4382, a LEO SAYER/DAVID COURTNEY cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
19. "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here", 1974 on Dunhill/ABC 15001, a JOHN HIATT cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
20. "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)", 1974 on Dunhill/ABC 15013, an ALLEN TOUSSAINT cover [Cory Wells Lead Vocal]
21. "Til The World Ends", 1975 on ABC 12114, a DAVID LOGGINS cover [Chuck Negron Lead Vocal]

The two singles missing from the set that didn't chart are their 1st, "Nobody", 1968 on Dunhill/ABC 4168 and their last, "Everybody Is A Masterpiece", 1976 on ABC 12192.

Album versions of most of the songs are to be found on the following US LPs:
"Three Dog Night", 1969 (1 and 2)
"Suitable For Framing", 1969 (3, 4 and 5)
"It Ain't Easy", 1970 (6 and 7)
"Naturally", 1970 (8, 9 and 10)
"Harmony", 1971 (11, 12 and 13)
"Seven Separate Fools", 1972 (14 and 15)
"Cyan", 1973 (16 and 17)
"Hard Labor", 1974 (18, 19 and 20)
"Coming Down Your Way", 1975 (21)

96K/24-Bit Remastered by ERICK LABSON of Universal from the original tapes, the sound quality is BEAUTIFUL if such a word can be applied. I've waited years to hear non-hissy clean CD versions of "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Out In The Country" and "Joy To The World" - and this set delivers them in spades. The CLEAR SOUND is startling and makes you reassess each song.

It's not all peaches and cream of course - some of the songs like "Black & White" and "Til The World Ends" have dated badly, while the truly cringing Leo Sayer song "The Show Must Go On" is beyond liking and the screeching vocal butchery of Laura Nyro's "Eli's Coming" is hard to bear. But then there's the slightly psych feel to "One Man Band" and the lovely David Cassidy-sounding "Pieces Of April" - both forgotten oldies worth rediscovering. "Shambala" and "Let Me Serenade You" are not that commonly known on this side of the pond either - and again - deserve rehearing. And then there's that SOUND on all the tracks - JUST GORGEOUS!

A must have for fans then - and a great sounding CD addition for lovers of the 60's/70's sound.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2004
It's about time they released a single CD compilation with all 21 top 40 hits AND included the 45 single versions that we all loved listening too on the radio!!! This collection is long overdue and instantly becomes THE DEFINITVE single CD Three Dog Night collection! While Best of was great, this CD has something that it was missing: first, their last top 40 single from 1975, Til The World Ends, and secondly it includes the 45 single mixes of several of their classics (which were previously only available on the 2 CD Celebrate release). Some of Three Dog Night's 45 singles were pumped-up and sounded better than the album versions. The difference is most noticeable on Joy to the World, Liar, and Old Fashion Love Song. If you are only going to buy one Three Dog Night CD, this should be it! Highly recommended.
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