Suitable for Framing

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Suitable for Framing
Studio album by Three Dog Night
Released June 11, 1969 (1969-06-11)[1]
Recorded 1969 at American Recording Co.[2]
Genre Pop, rock
Length 28:08
Label Dunhill (U.S. original release)
MCA (U.S. CD reissue)
Stateside (UK)
Producer Gabriel Mekler
Three Dog Night chronology
Three Dog Night
(October 1968)
Suitable for Framing
(June 1969)
Captured Live at the Forum
(October 1969)
Singles from Three Dog Night
  1. "Easy to Be Hard"
    Released: July 1969 (1969-07)[3]
  2. "Eli's Coming"
    Released: October 1969 (1969-10)[3]
  3. "Celebrate"
    Released: February 1970 (1970-02)[3]

Suitable for Framing is the second studio album by American rock band Three Dog Night. The album was released on the Dunhill record label on June 11, 1969[1] and was the first of two albums released by the band that year (see 1969 in music).

The album contains the top 20 hit singles "Easy to Be Hard", "Eli's Coming", and "Celebrate"; the latter of which (along with the album's opening track "Feelin' Alright") featured the Chicago horn section. It is also notable for being the first album by Three Dog Night to include songs written by band members, and for its inclusion of the Elton John song "Lady Samantha," as John would not become widely known in the United States for another year.

The album was well received in North America, reaching the top 10 on the main albums charts in Canada and the United States and became certified gold by the RIAA at the end of the year.

Recording, production, artwork, packaging[edit]

As with the band's self-titled debut album, Suitable for Framing was recorded at American Recording Company, was produced by Gabriel Mekler (who produced other Dunhill artists including Steppenwolf), and was engineered by Richard Podolor (who would later became the group's producer) and Bill Cooper. The band members during the album's recording were Danny Hutton (vocals), Chuck Negron (vocals), Cory Wells (vocals), Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Michael Allsup (guitars), Joe Schermie (bass), and Floyd Sneed (drums, percussion).[2]Engineer Richard Podolor also performed as an uncredited guitarist on the album.[4]

The original version of Suitable for Framing (Dunhill DS 50058) was released as a vinyl LP record with a gatefold sleeve. The art direction for the original LP sleeve was done by Wayne Kimbell with photography by Ed Caraeff.[5] The album's gatefold photo features Three Dog Night wearing greasepaint make-up, and posing with members of the Los Angeles groupie troupe The GTOs.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Feelin' Alright" (Dave Mason) – 3:39
    • Lead vocals shared by Hutton, Negron and Wells; includes the Chicago horn section.
  2. "Lady Samantha" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 2:53
    • Lead vocal: Negron.
  3. "Dreaming Isn’t Good for You" (Danny Hutton) – 2:16
    • Lead vocal: Hutton.
  4. "A Change Is Gonna Come" (Sam Cooke) – 3:10
    • Lead vocal: Wells.
  5. "Eli's Coming" (Laura Nyro) – 2:41
    • Lead vocal: Wells. Does not include the piano outro used in the 45 RPM mono mix of the song.
Side two
  1. "Easy to Be Hard" (Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni) – 3:11
    • Lead vocal: Negron. Features an uncredited string section.
  2. "Ain’t That a Lotta Love" (Willie Dean “Deanie” Parker, Homer Banks) – 2:16
    • Lead vocal: Wells.
  3. "King Solomon’s Mines" (Floyd Sneed) – 2:29
    • Instrumental, dominated by percussion tracks performed by Sneed.
  4. "Circle for a Landing" (Don Preston) – 2:20
    • Lead vocal: Hutton.
  5. "Celebrate" (Garry Bonner, Alan Gordon) – 3:13
    • Lead vocals shared by Hutton, Negron and Wells; includes the Chicago horn section.

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Suitable for Framing:[2][4]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 15
US Billboard 200[7] 16

Singles[edit]

Title Chart (1969) Peak
position
"Easy to Be Hard" Canadian Singles Chart[6] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 4
"Eli's Coming" Canadian Singles Chart[6] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 10
Title Chart (1970) Peak
position
"Celebrate" Canadian Singles Chart[6] 8
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ackerman, Paul, ed. (March 9, 1974). "Anatomy of a Three Dog Night: The Albums". Billboard. Vol. 86 (No. 10): 36. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 (CD liner). Three Dog Night. United States: MCA Records. 1993. pp. 30, 31. MCAD2-10956. 
  3. ^ a b c Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 (CD liner). Three Dog Night. United States: MCA Records. 1993. p. 26. MCAD2-10956. 
  4. ^ a b Leaf, David (1993). Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 (CD liner). Three Dog Night. United States: MCA Records. p. 9. MCAD2-10956. 
  5. ^ Suitable for Framing (Vinyl sleeve). Three Dog Night. Los Angeles, California: Dunhill ABC Records. 1969. DS 50058. 
  6. ^ a b c d "RPM Search Engine" (PHP). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. 
  7. ^ "Three Dog Night: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Three Dog Night Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2011.