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Three Dog Night - Suitable For Framing [Dunhill Records DS 50058] (11 June 1969)

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Artist:

Three Dog Night

Title:

Suitable For Framing

Released: 11 June 1969
Label: Dunhill Records
Catalog: DS 50058
Country: USA
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Feelin' Alright
02 Lady Samantha
03 Dreaming Isn't Good For You
04 A Change Is Gonna Come
05 Eli's Coming
06 Easy To Be Hard
07 Ain't That A Lotta Of Love
08 King Solomon's Mines
09 Circle For A Landing
10 Celebrate
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Album Review

Jim Newsom [allmusic.com]

Suitable for Framing followed Three Dog Night's debut disc by only a few months, sharing the charts with its predecessor for a while. This second release contained two Top Ten chartmakers: ''Easy to Be Hard'' from the rock musical Hair, and ''Eli's Coming,'' written by quirky songwriter Laura Nyro (who also wrote ''And When I Die,'' a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears the same year). It also introduced the songwriting team of Elton John and Bernie Taupin to American audiences with a version of ''Lady Samantha,'' from John's British-only first album release, which provided a hit single for Three Dog Night. Another popular song from this album was the classic ''Celebrate,'' with its blaring horn lines and easily sung ''Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music'' chorus and coda. Suitable for Framing also included a soulful take on Sam Cooke's ''A Change Is Gonna Come,'' and provided the first popular cover version of Dave Mason's soon-to-be-oft-recorded ''Feeling Alright.'' Although the hit singles were plentiful, the album only reached number 16, showing the gap between the singles-buying audience and those who purchased albums. Nonetheless, Suitable for Framing confirmed the group's musical strength with the AM radio audience while appealing to more ''hip'' listeners as well.


Three Dog Night - Cyan [ABC / Dunhill Records DSX-50158] (9 October 1973)

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Title:

Cyan

Released: 9 October 1973
Country: US
Label: ABC / Dunhill Records
Catalog: DSX-50158
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul


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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Happy Song
02 Play Children Play
03 Storybook Feeling
04 Ridin' Thumb
05 Shambala
06 Singer Man
07 Let Me Serenade You
08 Lay Me Down Easy
09 Into My Life
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Album Review

Matthew Greenwald [allmusic.com]

This album, while not their most successful, is one of Three Dog Night's most interesting. Cut during a period when they were still very hot but were almost on the downside of their career, this album has a very strong gospel feeling to it. This is most evident on the hit single ''Shambala,'' one of the group's finest later period records. It's a masterful record that shows the factors that made the group successful -- the counterpoint vocals of Wells, Negron, and Hutton surrounded by a very heavy hard rock backing. Guitarist Mike Allsup contributes a few good originals, too. The closing track, ''Into My Life,'' continues the gospel feeling of the record and ends it on a high note. It's nice to know that with all of the debauchery and drugs, Three Dog Night still had their spiritual priorities in some order.

Three Dog Night's Biography

Steve Huey [allmusic.com]

Three Dog Night scored a succession of 21 hit singles, including eleven Top Tens, and twelve consecutive gold albums from 1969 to 1975, thanks to the slick, sometimes soulful vocal harmonies of singers Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells and an excellent ear for quality material. While often criticized as commercial, the band was noted for its creative arrangements and interpretations, and their cover choices gave exposure (and royalties) to several talented songwriters: Nilsson (''One''), Laura Nyro (''Eli's Coming''), Randy Newman (''Mama Told Me (Not to Come)''), Hoyt Axton (''Joy to the World''), Argent's Russ Ballard (''Liar''), and Leo Sayer (''The Show Must Go On''). Wells and Hutton met in the '60s while the former was the lead singer of the Enemies and the latter, a writer/producer for Hanna Barbera Records who had recorded several singles, served as producer. In 1967, Hutton conceived the idea of a three-vocalist group, and he and Wells enlisted mutual friend Negron. They took their name from an Australian expression describing low nocturnal temperatures in the outback (the colder the night, the more dogs needed to keep warm while sleeping). The three cut a few unsuccessful singles and decided to expand their range by hiring backing musicians, who included guitarist Mike Allsup, keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, bassist Joe Schermie, and drummer Floyd Sneed. ''One'' became the band's first Top Ten hit in 1969, while ''Mama Told Me (Not to Come)'' hit number one a year later. ''Joy to the World'' became the group's biggest hit in 1971, spending six weeks on top of the pop charts, and their streak continued with their final number one, 1972's ''Black and White'' (a U.K. reggae hit for Greyhound), and their final Top Ten, 1974's ''The Show Must Go On.'' By 1976, internal dissent arose in the group and Three Dog Night officially disbanded a year later. There was a reunion in the early '80s, and Hutton and Wells have since taken Three Dog Night out on the international touring circuit. In 2002 With The London Symphony was released and then, in 2004, to celebrate their 35th anniversary, the band issued The 35th Anniversary Hits Collection which featured a pair of new tracks, ''Sault Ste. Marie'' and ''Overground.'' 2009 saw two more new singles in ''Heart of Blues'' and ''Prayer of the Children'' hinting at the possibility of another studio album in their future. Three Dog Night continued to tour over the next few years, though Wells eventually left the group in September 2015 due to medical complications. Just one month later he succombed to myeloma, a form of blood cancer.
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