Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
|Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits|
|Greatest hits album by|
|Producer||Jimmy Ienner, Gabriel Mekler, Richard Podolor|
|Three Dog Night chronology|
Joy to the World is the follow-up compilation to Golden Bisquits, consisting of eleven (out of twelve) charted hits from the group's previous four studio albums (the top 20 hit "Pieces of April" was left off for reasons unknown), two charted hits that already appeared on their first greatest hits compilation ("One" and "One Man Band"), and non-charting B-side "I'd Be So Happy". In 1981 the album was reissued on MCA Records with issue number MCA-37120.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
Reviewing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: "Things seem to be winding up for the Kings of Oversing, but this fourteen-song compilation demonstrates that the singles, unlike the albums, didn't diminish much. It also suggests that though they're praised when at all for translating weirdos like Nilsson and Newman into AM, they also deserve credit for preserving the odd goody (two apiece) by the likes of Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton. Only Lighthouse keeper Skip Prokop proves beyond help."
- "Joy to the World" (Hoyt Axton) – 3:50
- "One" (Harry Nilsson) - 3:04
- "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" (John Hiatt) - 3:06
- "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (Paul Williams) - 3:21
- "Let Me Serenade You" (John Finley) - 3:04
- "Shambala" (Daniel Moore) - 3:22
- "Black and White" (David I. Arkin, Earl Robinson) - 3:47
- "Never Been to Spain" (Axton) - 3:43
- "One Man Band" (Billy Fox, January Tyme, Tommy Kaye) - 2:49
- "Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)" (Allen Toussaint) - 3:34
- "I'd Be So Happy" (Skip Prokop) - 3:44
- "Liar" (Russ Ballard) - 3:04
- "The Family of Man" (Jack Conrad, Williams) - 3:10
- "The Show Must Go On" (David Courtney, Leo Sayer) - 3:37
- Mike Allsup - banjo, guitar
- Jimmy Greenspoon - keyboards
- Danny Hutton - vocals
- Skip Konte - keyboards on "The Show Must Go On", "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here", "Play Something Sweet" and "I'd Be So Happy"
- Chuck Negron - vocals
- Joe Schermie - bass guitar except as indicated below
- Jack Ryland - bass guitar on "Shambala", "Let Me Serenade You", "The Show Must Go On", "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here", "Play Something Sweet" and "I'd Be So Happy"
- Floyd Sneed - drums, percussion
- Cory Wells - vocals
Album - Billboard (United States)
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Cash Box Numerical Albums and Tapes October 10, 1981
- 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.
- Three Dog Night, Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits Chart Position Retrieved February 16, 2015
- "American album certifications – Three Dog Night – Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 14, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.