Three Dog Night

One

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Four months before songwriter Harry Nelson a.k.a. Nilsson would go Top Ten with a Fred Neil tune from the film Midnight Cowboy, Three Dog Night obtained their first gold single and initial Top 5 success with this Nilsson penned follow-up to their Top 30 debut, "Try A Little Tenderness. Nilsson had released it the year before on RCA, but certainly not like this three minute gem put together by producer great Gabriel Mekler. Jimmy Greenspoon's keyboards give way to Mike Allsup's intensifying guitar line, the Three Dog Night arrangement totally on the money. A soulful, pained vocal cascades over the manic rock music driving Harry Nilsson's philosophy home. Where labelmates Steppenwolf and The Grass Roots had specific sounds, Three Dog Night explored textures and ideas, seeking out material by Laura Nyro, Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, arranging it, re-defining it, and bringing it to radio in a fashion that the composers would never have dreamed. Interesting that Nilsson charted higher as a performer with music by Badfinger and Fred Neil, yet Three Dog Night took his songwriting further up the charts (and sooner) than he could himself. ABC/Dunhill single #4191 clocks in at a perfect three minutes and has that magic that Gabriel Mekler poured over Janis Joplin's title track to 1969's I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and his work with Genya Ravan in 1974. "One" opens up both their self-titled 1969 debut (later re-titled One ) as well as the group's first "best of" collection, early 1971's Golden Bisquits, and comes towards the end of the program on 1983's The Best Of Three Dog Night.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Three Dog Night 1969 Icon Classic 3:07
No Image 1969
Various Artists
Dunhill Compact Classics
Golden Biscuits 1971 Dunhill Compact Classics
Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits 1975 MCA 3:04
The Best of Three Dog Night 1983 MCA 3:00
Classic Rock: 1969 1988
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:04
No Image 1990
Various Artists
MCA
AM Gold: Late '60s Classics 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:00
Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975 1993 MCA 3:04
Rock Around the Oldies, Vol. 1 [Universal] 1994
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:00
Rock Around the Oldies, Vol. 1 [Universal Special Products] 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:00
Vintage Collectibles, Vol.  2: 1963-1969 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:04
20 Greatest Hits 1997 DJ Specialist / Mpg 3:06
Vietnam: A Musical Retrospective 1998
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Uptown / Universal 4:10
The 70s 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:04
Jukebox Hits of 1969, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
DJ Specialist 3:06
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Three Dog Night 1999 MCA / Universal 3:05
Survivor: The Official Survivor Party Survival 2000
Various Artists
TVT 3:05
Recess: School's Out 2001 Walt Disney / Disney 3:01
Greatest Hits [VSOP] 2001 VSOP 3:03
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1969 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:04
A Year in Your Life: 1969, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:05
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:02
The Collection 2003 Spectrum Music 3:05
Three Dog Night/Suitable for Framing 2004 Gott Discs 3:10
The Complete Hit Singles 2004 UTV 3:03
Icon 2010 Geffen 3:03
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:05
One 2012
One
GEFFEN 3:06
'60s Music Revolution: Magic Carpet Ride
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:05
Groovin': Hits From the 60s
Various Artists
EMI 3:04