"While Three Dog Night was known as more of a "singles" band than an "album" band, I thought they hit a home run with this album. I think it is their strongest orinigal studio album! Not only does it include three of their better hit singles (the classic Never Been To Spain, An Old Fashioned Love Song, and The Family Of Man), but includes some great album cuts that should be receiving air-play on classic rock stations (like Murder In My Heart For The Judge, My Impersonal Life, and Night In The City). A forgotten early 1970's classic!"
Three Dog Night Harmony
R. J. Carr | Lawrence, KS | 03/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent music from the good old 70's. Thank you Amazon!"
Tied for Three Dog Night's Best
Phil (San Diego, CA) | San Diego, CA | 08/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stellar album. A third of it is comprised of top 10 singles. They could have gone deeper but people just didn't do that in 1972. A cursory listen to this album would make me think they did this out of respect to the competition. This is the premier 70s band at their peak, it could have been 1972's "Thriller".
Let's get the hits out of the way first. Old Fashioned Love Song by Paul Williams. Never Been To Spain, Hoyt Axton's followup to his "Joy to the World". And my personal favorite, "Family of Man". We're already 30% of the way into this album and we haven't even hit the album cuts yet.
But once you get to the so-called "album cuts" you'll realize why most of this album is included on the 2CD best of 3 Dog Night - this is a phenomenally good album. Was it Joni Mitchell who wrote "Night In The City"? I forget who wrote the original but I can tell you who recorded the definitive version.
The only disposable track on the album, "Murder In My Heart For The Judge", even this at least shows the band's discriminating taste in their selection of source material. I could be wrong but I get the impression that until Rhino issued the original version, it was only known to the people who knew about good source material. Check out Rhino's post-Y2k box sets for the original, but while you're here you might as well sample the 3 Dog Night version.
The last question would be, if 6 or 7 of this album's 10 songs are included on the 2CD box set, do I really need this CD? I'd say so. The weakest tracks are better than the #2 or #3 tracks on many 70s albums. The song "Jam" was used as a b-side to one of the major singles from this album but if you enjoy Three Dog Night's style, you'll demand this as a keeper. The album's closer may not be as strong as the rest of the album but the poem that opens that track makes it stand out as a memorable period piece that you wouldn't hear nowadays.
I came to this album 35 years too late. I loved the singles from it but in the 70s I was willing to settle for greatest hits albums. Big mistake. 3 Dog Night delivers the definitive version of "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer". Yes, I know the song was written and recorded by Stevie Wonder; I know that Joan Baez recorded a version that will wrench tears from the eyes of those with the hardest of hearts. But listen and decide for yourself; this is the definitive delivery of that song.
3 Dog Night was never so incredibly on top of things again as they were with this album, track after track after track. But judge for yourself. At the price of Amazon's mp3 download for this album it would be a crime not to.
Did anyone have the 8-track?
J. Brian Fish | Nashville, TN USA | 04/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is hard to pick a favorite Three Dog Night album. I may like "Naturally" just a little more. Actually..."Natually" & "Harmony" could have been released as a double album and been a success in my opinion. I just need to know if anyone had the 8-track of "Harmony"? The one I owned started with "You" and ended with "Jam" so it is hard for me to get used to listening to it with "Never Been To Spain" being the first track. Please tell me I am not the only one that bought an 8 track with the listing beginning with side 2 and ending with side 1."