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on September 30, 2002
I will take this from the GREATEST HITS perspective. We have the Millenium Collection, a few multi-disk anthologies, GOLDEN BISQUITS, and this import. This is by far the best deal for those who just want the hits, and not all the album tracks, (and there are quite a few good ones).
All of the singles are here, from the biggest (Joy To The World) to personal favorites like "Out In The Country". It would be redundant to go track by track, since like Creedence Clearwater in the same time frame, they were Single Machines who also put out great albums as well.
If you want just the best for a good price, this is it. If you want a completist collection, go for the multi disk anthology.
You can't go wrong with the music, for one of the best Vocal Bands of the era, with the tightest backup band since Booker T's MG's.
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on November 23, 2007
Here is a compilation of hits by the super group "Three Dog Night", who released a string of pop radio hits from the late 60's to the mid 70's. This collection includes their most noteworthy radio hits from eight of their studio albums. These songs were played extensively on the airwaves, and all of them have a sound characteristic of TDN, which cannot be described in words, but simply have that essence which unmistakably belongs to this band.

There are 20 songs to be found on this album. From their first album, the self-titled "Three Dog Night", is the lonely song "One" and the romantic "Try A Little Tenderness". Three songs were derived from their second album, "Suitable For Framing": these include "Eli's Coming", a fast-paced, frantic sounding act; "Easy To Be Hard", a gentle piece originally found in the 60's soundtrack and Off-Broadway play "Hair"; and "Celebrate", a lively party song. Two tracks are extracted from their third studio album "It Ain't Easy". These include "Mama Told Me Not To Come", and the laid-back "Out In The Country". Three hits come from their fourth album "Naturally": "Liar", about dishonesty in a relationship; the high-energy "One Man Band", and the super hit "Joy To The World", perhaps the group's biggest hit.

From the fifth studio album, "Harmony", comes the heartfelt "An Old Fashioned Love Song", the memory-laden traveling song "Never Been To Spain", and the description of modern conditions (in 1971) "Family Of Man". (This song could be relevant today, over 35 years later). Out of their sixth studio album "Seven Separate Fools", comes a prosocial song "Black And White", about racial harmony; and the tender-sounding "Pieces Of April". Two hits are taken from their seventh studio album, "Cyan". These are the joyous "Shambala", and the piano-driven romantic "Let Me Serenade You". Three hits march out of their last great studio album "Hard Labor": "The Show Must Go On", a track which begins and ends with the familiar circus theme; "Sure As I'm Sitting Here", another piano-laden romantic piece; and "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)".

These great songs, with their wonderful creativeness, artistry, and tremendous popularity, make up an outstanding collection which deserves seven stars out of five on the five-point scale here. It would have been great if this band had continued making hits and albums beyond the mid 1970s, for they would likely have been just as good.
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on February 28, 2011
Didn't know which of 3-Dog Night CDs to purchase when replacing my old Albums with new technology.... the Greatest Hits decision hit a home run. Every track rocks and brings back the 70's and 80's... I'm lovin' it.
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on July 6, 2013
These songs bring back many memories from my high school days. The love songs are wonderfully diverse. The black and white song about students of different races learning together brings back memories of the civil rights movement, too. Great music--really love the "Joy to the World" song.
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on September 2, 2014
Chuck Negron's voice is GREATNESS! Still not in the RocknRoll Hall of Fame. Must be a reason...This a a really good album for getting the big hits they made. Their songs were recorded by Dunhill and they were bought out by Capitol records after that and then things seemed to have gotten screwed up with which tracks were put on the albums.
They had three #1 Pop Chart Hits; 'One' 1969, Mama Told Me (Not To Come) 1970 and 'Joy To The World' 1971. They also had 'Shambala' #3 1973, 'Easy To Be Hard' #4 1969, Eli's Coming #10 1969, 'Celebrate' #15 1970, 'Liar' #7 1971, Old Fashioned Love Song #4 1971, 'Never Been To Spain' #5 1972, There's 21 of their songs that charted.from Feb.1969 to July 1975.Then they disbanded in the mid 1970's and reformed in mid 1980's..
I did read that some album tracks contained differnt mixes or takes.from mono singles. 'Joy to The World' and a few other singles. 'Old Fashioned Love Songs' had a 'glitch' in the intro before he sand 'playing on the radio'. Capitol Record Club editions of Dunhill had different labels, old style labels. (other artists on Dunhill experienced these same type of things like Steppenwolf's 'Magic Carpet Ride' longer track and different vocal single version). ABC-Dunhill was sold to MCA in the late seventies for $50 million.
I believe they tried to get the band back together later but bad feelings between members and (Chucks 20 yr H problem, etc). .
PS. If you want to know more about this band, read, 'Three Dog Nightmare' (Bought mine here on amazon). Interesting story that will explain more. ~
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on June 20, 2016
Three Dog Night certainly brings back the feeling and memories of the '70s. Most of the songs are good. There are one or two that I could live without. Try a Little Tenderness is my favorite. Great rendition that I included on a mixed CD for a little party that I hosted.
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on March 17, 2016
If you are a Three Dog Night fan you will love this CD. It has so many of their best hits on it. The harmony of this group is incredible. I would highly recommend adding this to your CD collection.
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on September 9, 2015
Chronological hits, and they keep on coming! TDN had 21 songs break through Billboard's Top 100, and this compilation has all but the first. I bought this one because the "Three Dog Night's Greatest Hits" 14 tracks didn't even have my favorite songs on it. So I am thrilled to have this much more complete compilation. Sound is great. :-)
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on December 8, 2009
If you like Three Dog Night, then you should love this album. It has all of their biggest hits.
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on June 30, 2013
Three Dog Night was a oft-played favorite of the 70s era of rock and pop rock music. I really like listening to this CD and recommend it highly to anyone familiar with the 1960s-1970s era of rock and roll music.
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