When I purchased "Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story 1965-1975" several years ago it was easily the best available collection of Three Dog Night on the market. No question about it, Three Dog Night dominated the music charts like no one else in the early 1970's. All 21 of the groups single releases between 1969 and 1975 made Billboard's Top 40 and each and every one of those tunes is included in this collection. There were 11 Top Ten hits and 3 of those went all the way to #1 including "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)", "Joy To The World" and "Black and White" which topped the charts in late summer 1972. But quite frankly, it was some the group's lesser hits that caught my ear. Among my favorites are "Easy To Be Hard" from the popular rock musical "Hair" as well as 1970's "Out In The Country" and "Pieces of April" from a couple of years later. Meanwhile, while the group was a dominant force on the AM airwaves, the music of Three Dog Night was also being featured prominently on the new album-oriented stations on the FM side of the dial. This was no small accomplishment in those days. It seemed like everyone enjoyed their music. Three Dog Night released a total of 14 albums between 1969 and 1976 and 5 of those reached the Top Ten on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
As stated previously, "Celebrate The Three Dog Night Story: 1965-1975" includes all 21 hit singles as well as 22 more tracks from the LPs. There is also an exceptionally well-done 30 page booklet that chronicles the entire history of the band. But since I am primarily interested in the "singles" this collection offers far more than I was really looking for or needed. At this point I would recommend this package only to big fans of the band. For everyone else there is now an alternative. Several years ago Universal released "Three Dog Night: The Complete Hit Singles" which features all 21 hit singles on a single CD. Priced at about half of what one would have to shell out for the deluxe 2 CD package it is now in my view the better value. But you really can't go wrong with "Celebrate The Three Dog Night Story: 1965-1975" either. A very nice collection indeed. Highly recommended!
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One of the better compilations of Three Dog Night material, Celebrate covers all the important bases in the popular singles band's career. There's a brief hint of pre-3DN material from co-lead singers Danny Hutton and Cory Wells (no Chuck Negron), along with one stellar, tragically unreleased track from the band's brief Redwood incarnation, the Brian Wilson-penned "Time to Get Alone." The remainder of this two-CD collection recaps the group's many Top 40 hits along with choice album tracks. The songs are judiciously chosen, and the liner notes provide insights into the band's creative process and internal skirmishes, but there's nothing in the way of remastered tracks or uncovered obscurities. Nevertheless, this is a better option for Three Dog Night fans than any of the numerous single-disc greatest hits collections available, simply because there are no glaring oversights in the song choices. The expanded selection also makes the set a great one to convert anyone not yet warm to Three Dog Night's intricate harmony stylings: just play them the gorgeous non-singles "It's for You," "My Impersonal Life," and "I'd Be So Happy" back to back.