Artist:Three Dog Night
Title: Seven Separate Fools
Label: Dunhill (ABC)
Musicians:Mike Allsup – guitar,Jimmy Greenspoon – keyboards
Danny Hutton – lead vocals (track 1), background vocals
Chuck Negron – lead vocals (track 4), background vocals
Joe Schermie – bass guitar, Floyd Sneed – drums
Cory Wells – background vocals
Engineer: Bill Cooper
Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Michael Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums).
Official site: http://threedognight.com/
From Wikipedia: “The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, actress June Fairchild (best known as the “Ajax Lady” from the Cheech and Chong movie Up In Smoke) suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo (wild dog). On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night was freezing, it was a “three dog night”.
Seven Separate Fools is the eighth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1972. The LP version of the album was released with seven large playing cards (each nearly 12 inches in height) as an extra bonus and I have them in my copy that I got used, so i was kind of surprised to find the complete package.
I thought I’d do one of my not so good records from my library for an example that sometimes one has to take the good with the bad. For some reason it doesn’t seem the engineering on this LP was that good, but not terrible. It just doesn’t seem to have that much depth of sound.
None of the songs were written by anyone in the group.
“Black and White” (David I. Arkin, Earl Robinson) – It might come as a surprise to know that Three Dog Night did not write this song. In fact, is a song written in 1954 by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson. This was one of the few hits for Three Dog Night on which Danny Hutton sang the lead vocals. There is great drumming done on this song and in my opinion, this is the best version. I seem to recall singing this song in grade school for some reason. According to Wikipedia: “The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation of public schools. It was first recorded by Pete Seeger in 1956, followed by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957. The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court:
Their robes were black, Their heads were white,
The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight,
Nine judges all set down their names,
To end the years and years of shame.
Reggae groups The Maytones, from Jamaica, and Greyhound, from the UK, both recorded the song in 1971, the latter achieving a UK top ten hit. Having heard the Greyhound version, which did not include the verse describing the court, Three Dog Night included the song in their 1972 album Seven Separate Fools.This version of the song peaked at number one on the U.S. pop chart on September 16, 1972, and topped the easy listening chart on October 7″.
My Old Kentucky Home (Turpentine and Dandelion Wine)” (Randy Newman) – Yes, this also was not written by anyone in the group. This is an interesting version, but not my favorite track.
“Prelude to Morning” (Jimmy Greenspoon) – This is an instrumental and sounds like something from a late seventies dull movie.
“Pieces of April” (Dave Loggins) – While this is a well structured song, it is somewhat dull in my opinion. There is supposed to be Cello in it, but I did not detect it even with headphones.
“Going in Circles” (Jaiananda, Ted Myers) – Yet another lack-luster song.
“Chained” (Russ Ballard) – Finally bringing the energy back up, but this song is just ok in my opinion
“Tulsa Turnaround” (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) – This country-rock song has character at least, but is just ok.
“In Bed” (Tom Baird, Lynn Henderson, Wes Henderson) – Another song that is just ok.
“Freedom for the Stallion” (Allen Toussaint) – This one is a gospel style song and seems to be about slave ships, I think.
“The Writing’s On the Wall” (Domenic Troiano) – This is probably the best track on the LP aside from the first track in my opinion. It’s kind of a funk/soul style.
“Midnight Runaway” (Gary Itri) – This closing tune has some great drumming and is an interesting song.