Hard Labor

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Hard Labor
Three Dog Night - Hard Labor.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 6, 1974
GenrePop, rock
LabelDunhill DSD-50168
ProducerJimmy Ienner
Three Dog Night chronology
Hard Labor
Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
Singles from Hard Labor

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

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) – 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



  • 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 and photography: Ed Caraeff
  • Design: David Larkham


Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1974 Pop Albums 20[1]

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "The Show Must Go On" Pop Singles 4[2]
"Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" Pop Singles 16[3]
"Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" Pop Singles 33[4]