Three Dog Night: Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, Cory Wells (vocals); Mike Allsup (guitar); Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards); Joe Schermie (bass); Floyd Sneed (drums).
Recorded at The Forum, Los Angeles, California in 1969.
Personnel: Mike Allsup (guitar); Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards); Floyd Sneed (drums).
Recording information: The Forum.
Photographer: Ed Caraeff.
Originally released in 1969, CAPTURED LIVE AT THE FORUM is from the early stages of Three Dog Night's career. While it's unusual to release a live album so soon after a group's debut, it was a wise decision. As good as Three Dog Night's singles were--and they were some of the finest AM radio staples of the era--they only hint at how powerful the group were live.
While leader Danny Hutton was a protege of Brian Wilson, lead singer Chuck Negron came from an R&B tradition, and that collision of pristine pop and gutbucket soul was the tension which drove the group. On CAPTURED LIVE AT THE FORUM, Negron is clearly in charge, with a rocking cover of the Band's "Chest Fever," and a version of the chestnut "Try a Little Tenderness" styled after Otis Redding's definitive reading, nearly outshining the often-excellent renditions of Three Dog Night hits like Harry Nilsson's "One" and Laura Nyro's "Eli's Coming."