Hard Labor

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Hard Labor
Three Dog Night - Hard Labor.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 6, 1974
StudioRecord Plant, Sausalito, CA
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 first included with a manila file folder covering most of the cover. This was soon reworked with a huge Band-Aid covering the "birth". Subsequent printings had the Band-Aid printed directly on the cover. The cover also includes an attached "birth record sheet" of the album. The CD reissue by MCA Records in the 1990s restored the cover to its original look showing the record.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Prelude" - 1:00
  2. "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" (John Hiatt) – 4:45
  3. "Anytime Babe" (Larry Weiss) – 3:07
  4. "Put Out the Light" (Daniel Moore) – 3:06
  5. "Sitting in Limbo" (Gully Bright, Jimmy Cliff) – 5:03

Side 2[edit]

  1. "I'd Be So Happy" (Skip Prokop) – 4:48
  2. "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" (Allen Toussaint) – 4:48
  3. "On the Way Back Home" (Moore) – 4:16
  4. "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


Chart (1974) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 61
Japan Oricon 50
US Top 200 20[2]
Canada 16

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1974 "The Show Must Go On" US Pop Singles 4[3]
US Cash Box 1
US Record World 1
US Radio & Records 3
Canada Pop Singles 2
Germany Top 100 12
Netherlands Top 100 6
Belgium Ultratop 23
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 77
"Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" US Pop Singles 16[4]
US Cash Box 18
US Record World 22
Canada Pop Singles 18
"Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" US Pop Singles 33[5]
US Cash Box 26
US Record World 24
Canada Pop Singles 25


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 309. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  2. ^ Three Dog Night, Hard Labor Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
  3. ^ Three Dog Night, "The Show Must Go On" Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
  4. ^ Three Dog Night, "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
  5. ^ Three Dog Night, "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Three Dog Night – Hard Labor". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 14, 2019.