Three Dog Night

That Ain't No Way to Have Fun

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This 21-track CD from England offers a good compromise between the various US single-disc compilations and the double-CD Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975. A pretty full account of the group's successes is represented, all held to a single CD, and it makes for a very formidable 70 minutes of listening, which comes as no surprise, as Three Dog Night always made superbly-crafted records, especially their singles. The mastering on this disc is also very good -- obviously the voices of Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton, and Cory Wells come through loud and clear, but it's also impossible to forget that there were four additional players working their hearts out on those records. Oddly enough, while this CD touches some very important bases that were missed on the 1975 ABC Records release Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits, it also misses one track ("I'd Be So Happy") from the latter; and it goes one song past MCA's 1983-vintage Best of Three Dog Night, to their final single chart entry, "'Til The World Ends" -- and the programming here, unlike MCA's collection, is chronological. Between that virtue, the exceptional sound quality, and the thorough annotation (albeit from a UK perspective) by Michael Heatley, this is the best single-disc compilation issued on this group, and a handy addition to any serious collection of their work.

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