Harmony (Three Dog Night album)

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Harmony
Three Dog Night - Harmony.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1971
GenrePop, rock
Length36:08
LabelDunhill
ProducerRichard Podolor
Three Dog Night chronology
Golden Bisquits
(1971)
Harmony
(1971)
Seven Separate Fools
(1972)
Singles from Harmony
  1. "An Old Fashioned Love Song"
    Released: 1971
  2. "Never Been to Spain"
    Released: 1971
  3. "The Family of Man"
    Released: 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]

Harmony is the seventh album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). The album featured two Top 10 hits: "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (U.S. #4)[3] and a cover version of Hoyt Axton's "Never Been to Spain" (U.S. #5).[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Next to Grand Funk, they're the country's top touring act, and they sell singles in the multiple millions besides. They're slick as Wesson Oil. And when they choose the right material and go light on the minstrel-show theatrics, they're fine—next to 'Maggie May,' 'Joy to the World' is the most durable single of the year. Their albums do vary—avoid the 'Joy to the World' vehicle Naturally—but I think this is the best. Even if you're hostile, you'll have to concede that any group that can string together great-but-obscure songs from Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, and Moby Grape without inspiring a rush back to the originals has something going for it. Wish they'd cut the poetry reading, though."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never Been to Spain" (Hoyt Axton) – 3:43
  2. "My Impersonal Life" (Terry Furlong) – 4:22
  3. "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (Paul Williams) – 3:21
  4. "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" (Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright) – 3:41
  5. "Jam" (Three Dog Night) – 3:47
  6. "You" (Jeffrey Bowen, Jack Goga, Ivy Jo Hunter) – 3:00
  7. "Night in the City" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:13
  8. "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" (Jerry Miller, Don Stevenson) – 3:36
  9. "Family of Man" (Jack Conrad, Paul Williams) – 3:28
  10. "Intro: Poem: Mistakes and Illusions" (poem by Paula Negron) / "Peace of Mind" (Nick Woods) – 3:03

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Richard Podolor – producer
  • Bill Cooper – engineer
  • Ed Caraeff - photography

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 8[5]

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Never Been to Spain" Pop Singles 5
"An Old Fashioned Love Song" Pop Singles 4
1972 Adult Contemporary 1
"The Family of Man" Pop Singles 12[6]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harmony at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Three Dog Night, "An Old Fashioned Love Song" Chart Positions Retrieved February 16, 2015
  4. ^ Three Dog Night, "Never Been to Spain" Chart Positions Retrieved February 16, 2015
  5. ^ Three Dog Night, Harmony Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
  6. ^ Three Dog Night, "The Family of Man" Chart Positions Retrieved February 16, 2015
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Three Dog Night – Harmony". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 14, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.