Hard Labor

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This article is about the music album. For the article on physically challenging work, see manual labour. For the penal sentence, see Penal labour. For the 2011 Brazilian film, see Hard Labor (film).
Hard Labor
Studio album by Three Dog Night
Released March 6, 1974
Genre Pop, rock
Length 35:51
Label Dunhill DSD-50168
Producer Jimmy Ienner
Three Dog Night chronology
Cyan
(1973)
Hard Labor
(1974)
Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
(1974)

Hard Labor is the eleventh album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music).

Cover Artwork[edit]

The original album cover, depicting the birth of a record album (shown at right), was deemed too controversial and was soon reworked with a huge bandage covering the "birth". The cover also includes an attached "birth record sheet" of the album. The label shown on the original cover's album is the same custom label used on the actual album. The CD reissue by MCA Records in the 1990s restored the cover to its original look showing the record. Albums that had already been produced had a bandage attached to them. Subsequent albums had the bandage printed on.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Prelude" – 1:00
  2. "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" (John Hiatt) – 4:46
  3. "Anytime Babe" (Larry Weiss) – 3:07
  4. "Interlude I" – 0:19
  5. "Put out the Light" (Daniel Moore) – 3:06
  6. "Sitting in Limbo" (Gully Bright, Jimmy Cliff, Plummer) – 4:56

Side 2[edit]

  1. "I'd Be So Happy" (Skip Prokop) – 4:48
  2. "Interlude II" – 0:21
  3. "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" (Allen Toussaint) – 4:48
  4. "On the Way Back Home" (Moore) – 4:16
  5. "The Show Must Go On" (David Courtney, Leo Sayer) – 4:24

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Jimmy Ienner
  • Engineers: Greg Calbi, Roy Cicala, Dennis Ferrante, Jimmy Ienner, Jay Messina, Tom Rabstenek, John Stronach
  • Assistant engineers: Corky Stasiak
  • Remixing: Roy Cicala, Jay Messina
  • Arranger: Three Dog Night
  • Art direction: Ed Caraeff
  • Design: David Larkham
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 20

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" Pop Singles 16
"The Show Must Go On" Pop Singles 4
"Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" Pop Singles 33