I got my copy of the Dunhill 1972 album “Seven Separate Fools” by Three Dog Night from a record club I had joined. It came in a cover that was really a thin box that opened at the top. The box contained seven, 7″x 11″, color cards with band member photos on one side, various playing card artwork on the back.
The record sleeve has the listing of all the songs, singers on each, and a picture of each playing card and which band member is featured. The cards are a great bonus and the packaging, as a whole, is superb. There is even music on the record which we can talk about now. The album (50118) was released on vinyl, cassette, 8-track, and reel-to-reel in November of 1972.
The credits for the LP are:
Arranged By – Richard Podolor, Three Dog Night
Art Direction, Photography By, Design Concept [Package] – Ed Caraeff
Bass – Joe Schermie
Drums, Percussion – Floyd Sneed
Engineer – Bill Cooper
Graphics, Typography, Design Concept [Package] – David Larkham
Guitar – Michael Allsup
Keyboards – Jimmy Greenspoon
Producer – Richard Podolor
Vocals – Chuck Negron, Cory Wells (2), Danny Hutton
Seven Separate Fools reached number 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart becoming Three Dog Night’s highest-charting album. The Beach Boy’s Brian Wilson placed the LP at number 3 of his all-time favorite records in his 2016 conversation with Esquire’s Middle East branch. Brian Wilson stated that “Danny Hutton’s vocals are truly on point.” The album kicks off with “Black and White” a cover of a song written in 1954 by David I. Arkin and Earl Robinson.
“Black and White” was first recorded by Pete Seeger in 1956. This 1972 recording by Three Dog Night reached number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Easy Listening charts. This was one of the few hits for Three Dog Night on which Danny Hutton sang the lead vocals. The song was inspired by the Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which outlawed racial segregation of public schools.
The other single from this LP was “Pieces of April” a ballad written by Dave Loggins. Dave released it himself in 1972 before the Thre Dog Night version. According to Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron, the group’s two other vocalists Danny Hutton and Cory Wells left London, where the Seven Separate Fools album was being recorded, before the album was complete,
necessitating Negron recording the album’s final two tracks – which included “Pieces of April” – without them. It barely broke into the top 20, number 19, on the Billboard Hot 100 but did rise to number 6 on the Easy Listening chart. Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, and Twiggy would also release the song.
A1 Black And White Written-By–David Arkin, Earl Robinson 3:47
A2 My Old Kentucky Home Written-By-Randy Newman 3:05
A3 Prelude To Morning Written-By-Jimmy Greenspoon 2:05
A4 Pieces Of April Cello–Patrick Sullivan Written-By–Dave Loggins 4:09
A5 Going In Circles Written-By–Jaiananda, Ted Myers 3:03
A6 Chained Written-By–Russ Ballard 5:10
B1 Tulsa Turnaround Written-By–Alex Harvey, Larry Collins 3:38
B2 In Bed Written-By–Lynn Henderson, Tom Baird, Wes Henderson 3:53
B3 Freedom For The Stallion Written-By–Allen Toussaint 3:39
B4 The Writings On The Wall Written-By–Domenic Troiano 3:12
B5 Midnight Runaway Acoustic Guitar, Written-By–Gary Itri 4:25
My favorites are “The Writings on the Wall”, the rocker “Chained”, “In Bed”, Randy Newman’s “My Old Kentucky Home” and the big hit “Black and White”.