David Hugaert | Honolulu, HI United States | 03/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Seven Separate Fools" rivals "Naturally" as one of Three Dog Night's best albums in many ways. Need proof? Well, like "Naturally", "SSF" features many different musical styles. For instance, if you're into rock 'n roll with some bite, there's "Chained" and "The Writing's On The Wall". In "Tulsa Turnaround", the band appears to have their geography a little mixed up, as a line in the song is mentioned as follows: "Omaha honey had a hold on a hell of a thing" (or something to that effect!). I think the band meant to say "Oklahoma", since that's where Tulsa is located. TDN probably felt that "Oklahoma" didn't fit into the rhythm of the music, so they used the shorter "Omaha", which fit rather nicely. The band more than made up for their geographic error in "Tulsa", with one of the coolest lines in rock 'n roll history: "When A Man's Gonna Eat Fried Chicken, He's Gonna Get Greasy!". Jimmy Greenspoon's beautiful, flowery keyboard playing on the lone instrumental, titled "Prelude To Morning", is a perfect segue for the sentimental ballad "Pieces Of April", and is sure to bring a tear to your eye. Chuck Negron proves he's two singers in one here, as his high-pitched vocals featured on songs from this CD such as "Chained" and "Freedom For The Stallion" are of sharp contrast to his powerful, rough-edged vocals, as featured on "Midnight Runaway", a song about a rock 'n roll star on the road who's trapped by his own fame. A Hatfield & McCoys theme is present in "My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine And Dandelion Wine)", and "In Bed" features a catchy, laid back beat. If you're into movie music, there's "Going In Circles". This track was featured in the motion picture "X,Y&Z", which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. TDN's third and final number one hit, titled "Black And White", is also featured in this fine body of musical work(s). "Black And White" was also a hit for the British reggae group Greyhound, whose version charted a year before TDN's smash single was released. For gospel music lovers, there's an absolutely beautiful balled titled "Freedom For The Stallion", which was also covered by the soul/r&b group The Hues Corporation. As noted here, "SSF" doesn't contain as many hit singles as "Naturally", but that's beside the point when you weigh both albums' musical merits, which are equal. Released in 1972, "Seven Separate Fools" was/is one of TDN's greatest achievements musically, and was/is way ahead of its time. It is highly advisable for fans of Three Dog Night to include this title in their CD collection(s) before it goes out of print. At this reduced price, it's a sure sign it won't be around forever. Don't be a "fool". Buy "Seven Separate Fools" today. You'll be glad you made this purchase!"
If a Man's Gonna Eat Fried Chicken He's Gonna Get Greasy!
Adam Bernstein | Northwest, USA | 03/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After nearly 30 years I've finally figured out what that line from Tulsa Turnaround says. This is the 1st rock album I ever listened to when I was 8, and I knew since then I wanted to be a rock star. Anyway this is one of the most underrated albums of all time from 1972 and has many of what I would call classics, from Black and White, a child's song to Chained, a sophisticated impressionistic electric pianoed rocker. Also contains the anthem In Bed, the cool riffed Writing on the Wall, and the greatest song ever written by a studio janitor: Midnight Runaway. My Old Kentucky Home is here, and the ballads, Pieces of April, the Greenspoon riff, Prelude to Morning, Freedom for the Stallion. This shows what an underrated band the Dogs were. And it's got nostalgia value....the time of late 60s/early 70s rock is past, and these records are all we have. Also I recommend another ignored great album: Hard Labor by 3 Dog Night. In case you don't know, a 3 dog night means it's real cold up north."
My favorite of all
Lisa R Fritsch | Virginia | 11/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This record has a variety of songs, from a country sound "My Old Kentucky Home" to some awesome guitar licks on "Chained" as well as perfect harmony which we've all have come to love from Three Dog Night. Having been a long time follower of these guys, this is by FAR THE BEST collection of songs from this band. Many hit singles came from this record, including "Black and White," and "Pieces of April." Also included "Going in Circles" from a movie called "XYZ." It's very eerie and climactic. Highlighted on this album is keyboardest Jimmy Greenspoon in a sweet solo called "Prelude to Morning." If you are a new Three Dog Night fan, you do not want to miss this cd. This is probably the last best-selling album of their hey-day--sad to say. But is well worth the purchase, guaranteed!..."
GREAT HITS/POWERFUL MESSAGE/ALOT OF FUN
David Hugaert | 07/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seven Separate Fools features two of of Three Dog Night's GREATEST HITS "Black and White" plus "Pieces of April". This album's unique combination of important messeges (Freedom For The Stallion, Chained, and Black and White) plus the group and listeners alike have fun with My Old Kentucky Home, Tulsa Turnaround, and In Bed. This album provides a zesty Three Dog Night flavor that cannot be found on the HITS albums."
More Than You Expect
R. Toomey | Piscataway, NJ United States | 09/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"By the time Three Dog Night released this album you didn't know what to expect from a band that has kept it alive for so long. They made a huge comeback on this album to prove that they weren't going anywhere. Lots of great songs here. "Black and White" and "Pieces Of April" were the hits but you gotta check out the Marvin Gaye remake "Chained" and the Rare Earth remake of "In Bed". The track "Going In Circles" is from the film X Y and Z which was not memorable but a good song and "Midnight Runaway" finishes the album off."