March 25, 2012 – 4:38 am

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Houston 1985 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Rockefeller’s, Houston, TX; November 17, 1985. Very good to excellent soundboard.

This is just too fun not to share. It would have been grander had this been been a soundboard from the early ’70s; with a red-hot, expanded Liar; and the inclusion of Out In The Country. Well… that would be the day. (At least there’s a nice expanded instrumental intro to Pieces Of April.)

The RS Archives as shared by Mexminute and The Commish. RS was a sound engineer who did plenty of work for the 35 years he was in the business. This is one of his recordings (this show was shared in 2008). Big round of thanks to everyone involved in keeping this show alive.

Here are some notes from TheCommish:

Overall, a very nice-sounding show. The vocals are prominent in the mix, but you’d expect that for two reasons: (1) Three Dog Night is primarily a vocal-based act, and (2) the smaller venue meant the guitars didn’t need additional amplification from the soundboard.

Per Wikipedia, Three Dog Night’s 1985 spring/summer tour was postponed to allow Chuck Negron time to check into rehab to combat his recurring drug problem. As it turned out, Chuck suffered a relapse during the tour and was fired by the band in December 1985, a month after this show… and that was the last time all three lead vocalists performed together in Three Dog Night.

After cleaning up his act, Chuck approached Danny and Cory in the early 1990s about re-joining the group but due to various circumstances, a re-group never occurred.

SBD > 1st gen cassette > CDR > EAC > WAV > Editing (below) > FLAC Frontend > FLAC

Artwork from - thanks!

We have been informed by the group’s legal rep to remove the tracks.

Disc 1
Track 101. One Man Band
Track 102. The Family Of Man
Track 103. Black And White
Track 104. Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here
Track 105. An Old Fashioned Love Song
Track 106. Brand New Day
Track 107. Til The World Ends
Track 108. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
Track 109. Country song teases
Track 110. Never Been To Spain
Track 111. Liar
Track 112. It Ain’t Easy

Track 201. Shambala
Track 202. Pieces Of April
Track 203. One
Track 204. Let Me Serenade You
Track 205. Easy To Be Hard
Track 206. Try A Little Tenderness
Track 207. The Show Must Go On
Track 208. Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
Track 209. Joy To The World
Track 210. Eli’s Coming
Track 211. Celebrate

Lineup featuring:
Danny Hutton
Cory Wells
Chuck Negron (Yes, including Chuck!)

Editing notes:
Track 101: Reduced volume -4dB (0:13-0:28 mark - reduced announcer’s band intro)
Track 102: Increased volume +2dB (from 0:19 mark until end of song)
Tracks 103-112 and Tracks 201-209: Increased volume +2dB

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  1. 11 Responses to “THREE DOG NIGHT - HOUSTON 1985”

  2. What is amazing about this show is what is amazing about this band: nearly every song in this set was a major radio hit. May try a couple of these tracks out, but the album to get if you like this band is the Complete Greatest Hits on Geffen/MCA which is one of the few with that title truly living up to its name.

    By Tony on Mar 25, 2012

  3. Nice one! Most would probably call TDN a “guilty pleasure”, however I don’t feel guilty at all for enjoying their music, especially in the early years. One of my all-time favorite albums by any band is TDN’s “Naturally”. I was thrilled to be able to see them in 1981. Managed to scoop up all of their individual albums on CD before they went out of print. The other four guys - Allsup, Sneed, Schermie, Greenspoon were tight as hell. Their catalog deserves some serious attention, even if it’s just in limited editions. Same with the Grass Roots. Two bands that owned the radio back in the day and hardly get any respect now, although I’m sure that some of it has to do with their crappy label (MCA/ABC/Dunhill/Universal whatever), which is also surpressing the recordings of the James Gang and Steppenwolf, among others.
    Thanks again BigO for pulling another one out of your…um… hat. My only one criticism would be that the cover art/photo would’ve been time-appropriate to the actual recording. The existing one seems to be fairly recent.

    By Tom L. on Mar 25, 2012

  4. I got to see 3 Dog Night in the 90’s on whatever “tour” they were doing at that time. Not sure if this would be considered hitting a new all time low in terms of venues, but they played at the opening of an “Outlet Mall”! Surely the County Fair is a step above that (which is where The Doobie Brothers played just a couple of years ago!) I’ll give them props from being very good when I did see them.

    By Tom on Mar 25, 2012

  5. Saw “One Dog Night” (just Negron) in the late 80’s on a package show with Hermans Hermits (without “herman”), Steppenwolf (without John Kay) and TINY TIM! So sad how low some careers go…

    By paulfalk on Mar 25, 2012

  6. tracks are downloading /listed as yb1-ybt. without the titles.

    By billm on Mar 25, 2012

  7. Readers can visit this page on Dime if they are interested in the lossless version.

    By bigozine2 on Mar 26, 2012

  8. I was fortunate to see Three Dog Night back in Stillwater Oklahoma in their heyday in the very early 70’s. I was pretty young, but really enjoyed their music. I’ve been a fan of their music all my adult life, and appreciate this recording. Very nice recording, and the fact that it include Chuck Negron makes it that much better. Thanks Big O

    By keith h on Mar 27, 2012

  9. Nowhere near their peak. Nice, clear vocals, but all three vocalists sound distinctly different than during they heydays. Unfortunately the music is pushed to the background. Doesn’t sound much like the classic instrumental lineup, though.

    I happened to be listening to TDN a few days ago and had exactly the same thought as Tom L — they can’t be a “guilty pleasure” because the quality of the material and performances is tremendous. Tastes changed to value artists and groups that wrote all their own music, which is a pity because it left little room for bands like TDN, which had great taste in picking material, tremendous talent in arranging it to suit their skills, and then the performing skill to pull it all together.

    So, yes, shop around a bit and get a well-selected greatest hits package. You won’t be disappointed.

    By jania on Mar 31, 2012

  10. Three Dog Night’s Jimmy Greenspoon Died of Melanoma

    By darth on Mar 12, 2015

  11. Jimmy Greenspoon, keyboardist for Three Dog Night died 2 years ago today (3/11/15) of Melanoma. He announced his diagnosis in Oct 2014, about a month after I got my diagnosis.
    Too bad this concert is no longer available.

    By ScarRad on Mar 11, 2017

  12. Now dats what I call reel muzik. Reel rock n roll from a reel rock n roll band. Love dose guys !

    By Boom Boom Mancini on Mar 11, 2017

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