Three Dog Night “Around the World With Three Dog Night”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#352 in the Series, and #29 in the Live, Saturday Night  Series) is Three Dog Night, Around the World With Three Dog Night.

Yes, you read the title correctly. Today’s Cool Album is indeed Three Dog Night! I was about 14 when this was released, and I loved it.

Around the World With Three Dog Night was a double live album. It was released in 1973.  It was actually their second live album, it followed Captured Live at the Forum from 1969. Forum was a short single album. For some odd reason it has been available for many years while Around the World has been a cut-out for decades.  In fact, I don’t believe it ever even made it onto Compact Disc here In the States. I’ve seen some floating around but I believe those are bootlegs.

This never made sense to me. Forum had a couple hits at most. They being “One” and Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming” but that’s really about it. There were other decent tracks on the album but none of them Three Dog Night blockbusters.

Now let’s take a look at Around the World.  “One” was not on this one, however, it did have just about every other good song that you could wish for.

You get Hoyt Axton’s “Never Been To Spain,” Russ Ballard’s “Liar,” Dave Loggins’ great song “Pieces Of April,” two really good Paul Williams’ songs “Out in the Country” and “Old Fashioned Love Song.”  And of course we get Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me (Not to Come.)

So I can’t see why this is so hard to find. I could understand how it might not be available in a hard copy, but I see no reason why it couldn’t be available for download.

I believe I once read that the quality of the recording was not very good. That might well be the case since I wasn’t really playing this on the best equipment at that time.  Maybe the sound did have a lot to be desired but I just didn’t realize it at the time.  I do know one thing,  the copy I did have I lent to Denise Adduci who lived across the street and I never got it back. That was about 1975, ask her how it sounded!

— Larry Carta

Track listing

Side I

  1. One Man Band (T.Kaye/J.Tyme/B.Fox) 2:33
  2. Never Been To Spain (H. Axton) 3:33
  3. Goin’ In Circles (T.Myers) 2:44
  4. The Family of Man (P. Williams/J.Conrad) 2:50
  5. Midnight Runaway (G.Itri) 5:51

Side 2

  1. Liar (R.Ballard) 3:49
  2. Good Feelin” (A.Bracket/J.Merrill) 4:36
  3. Organ Solo (J.Greenspoon) 4:36
  4. Eli’s Nyro (L.Nyro) 4.23

Side 3

  1. Joy To The World (H. Axton) 2:40
  2. Black and White (D. Arlin – E. Robinson) 2:56
  3. Pieces of April (D. Loggins) 4:07
  4. Out in the Country (P. Williams – R. Nichols) 3:25

Side 4

  1. Mama Told Me (Not To Come) (R. Newman) 2:59
  2. Drum Solo (F. Sneed) 5:53
  3. An Old Fashioned Love Song (P. Williams) 3:51
  4. Jam (Band) 7:04

Personnel

  • Mike Allsup – guitar
  • Jimmy Greenspoon – keyboard
  • Danny Hutton – vocals
  • Chuck Negron – vocals
  • Joe Schermie – bass
  • Floyd Sneed – drums
  • Cory Wells – vocals

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Posted by Larry Carta

3 Comments

  1. Joe (27 Jun 2012, 15:51)
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    I’ve been researching, lazily, this LP online. You are the first person I’m responding to. Yes, it’s quite a mystery why the only real digital release of this is a double set with Seven Separate Fools, and virtually unavailable anymore. (Maybe the fools are the record execs?) But as to the album’s content, let me weigh in. I am just about your age, perhaps a year or two older. I was well aware of Live At The Forum before this was even released. Around The World With is really Three Dog Night Live part Two, 3 or 4 years later. In their earlier day, TDN’s versions of Try A Little Tenderness and Easy To Be Hard were, if not chart toppers, major tunes for that band. Listen to the audience respond on Forum. Pre Joy To The World, the Forum live album and it’s huge feel helped raise up TDN to the monster status they’d attained before riding Hoyt Axton’s Joy into history. And the energy on Forum makes Around The World seem a bit lack-luster at times. Still, something about this band in front of an audience drew a much more intense performance out of them, and most of the songs on both live albums are just a lot more exciting than their studio counterparts. So it’s not supposed to be the definitive live album, it’s part 2. (I wouldn’t have bothered including Eli on ATWW for that reason, and gone for other material. It’s a far inferior version of Eli than on Forum, anyway.)
    As to your almost apology for including it as a “cool album”, I had to laugh. Just a few years ago, on one of those gawd-awful list shows that I caught a few minutes of on TV, when the “panel” was asked what the best album of all time was and folks trotted out a lot of predicable and worthy stuff, one male, and I can’t remember who it was, said, “Three Dog Night, Live At The Forum.” That drew confused stares. All he could say was, “That was just a great album.” And ya know, unless you understand and have really experienced that album LOUD as intended, there’s nothing more you could say to the unknowing.

    • DAVE (19 Jul 2012, 21:39)
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      DUDE????????!!!! “THREE DOG NIGHTS” SECOND LIVE ALBUM WAS FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR BETTER THEN THEIR FIRST LIVE ALBUM……WOW I CANT BELIEVE YOU DIDNT APPRECIATE ALL THE LATER HITS ON IT……….DID YOU LISTEN TO THEIR HARMONY ON GOING IN CIRCLES AND PIECES OF APRIL DONE BY CHUCK?? 2ND ALBUM IS FAR BETTER AND ITS A DOUBLE ALBUM TO BOOT!!!!!

  2. Kevin (07 Jul 2012, 14:29)
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    Hello. I enjoyed this post for Around The World with Three Dog Night. I am also in the same age group as I was 13 when this album came out. One thing you did not mention is the deluxe album cover art. Around The World featured a double LP gate-fold cover with die-cut inner cover and two full color, photo LP sleeves. I believe the LP labels were custom as well, if I remember correctly. Overall, ABC-Dunhill Records did a great job with TDN album covers. Many were gate-fold and a few were pretty elaborate especially Seven Separate Fools, Hard Labor and Around The World. Some included extras like posters, photos etc. I would love to see the Three Dog Night catalog remastered and reissued on CD in the SHM Japanese Mini LP sleeve format. Maybe Universal will finally decide to do that. I was and still am a big fan of this group. They certainly don’t get the credit they deserve and they should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in my opinion.



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