Monday, June 18, 2012

1775 Three Dog Night - It's For You

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From: Three Dog Night "One"; Year: 1968; Genre: Rock
I'm in a mood to hear some Three Dog Night this morning; this track is one of the more interesting arrangements from the band. As with most of Three Dog Night's music It's For You is also a cover; it was originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney to be recorded by Cilla Black, which can be found here on YouTube. While Three Dog Night's version is a cover, the lyrics are really the only aspect borrowed from the original.
From what I read about their version of the song, they were getting ready to record it in the studio but for some reason only the three lead vocalists and drummer Floyd Sneed were there on time. As the story goes they started practicing it a cappella with only hand claps and the drums providing a beat. Apparently they liked how it sounded and scrapped the original idea and kept most of the arrangement that way. Eventually, towards the end of the song, the entire band does join in, but only for the last 20 or so seconds. To say the least it's a very interesting take on a pop song; I really like how they performed the harmonies and switch off the lead vocals from word to word at times.

Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '70 on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Warrant - Uncle Tom's Cabin

My song pick two years ago today: Bon Jovi - Keep The Faith

My song pick three years ago today: Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World

My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - Skull Session

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