Three Dog Night - Hard Labor [ABC/Dunhill DSD 50168] (6 March 1974)

Released: 6 March 1974
Country: US
Label: ABC/Dunhill
Catalog: DSD 50168
Genre: Rock

Item# SR-DUDSD50168
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

Pressing: Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Santa Maria

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Prelude
02 Sure As I'm Sittin' Here
03 Anytime Babe
04 Put Out The Light
05 Sitting In Limbo
06 I'd Be So Happy
07 Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
08 On The Way Back Home
09 The Show Must Go On

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Album Review

Joseph McCombs []

The last studio album from Three Dog Night to crack the Top 20, Hard Labor shows the growing cracks in the band's armor. Where on previous albums they had selected songs that highlighted their harmonic prowess, most of the tracks on Hard Labor are essentially solo efforts with group backing vocals. As a result, the band loses much of their soul and spirit. The lightweight hits, ''Sure As I'm Sittin' Here'' and ''Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues),'' both with Cory Wells singing lead, are most representative of the record. However, the highlights are the Chuck Negron-sung ''The Show Must Go On'' (written and originally performed by Leo Sayer) and the dramatic, emotional ballad ''I'd Be So Happy'' (penned by Skip Prokop of Lighthouse fame). More a compilation of individual tracks than a true band effort, Hard Labor is an inconsequential entry in the Three Dog Night catalog.