Three Dog Night has been entertaining fans around the world for over 40 years. With hits like, "Eli's Coming", "One", "Shambala" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come", among many others, it is hard to find anyone who does not know their music. It's not unusual to hear someone say, "I didn't know they sang that song!". Even if Three Dog Night is before your time, their music is still part of the soundtrack of our lives as their songs are often used today in movies and commercials.
Performing with an orchestra is nothing new for Three Dog Night. They have been doing a few symphony shows each year for quite some time. It's a totally different experience than seeing the band perform alone. The orchestra adds a new dimension to the songs. Horns, violins and the rest of the instruments bring a new sound to the songs, one that blends beautifully. Whether as the prelude or accompanying throughout the song, the orchestra gives these songs a different sound, yet the basic song is the same. It makes for an interesting and very entertaining show.
This concert, recorded live in 2002, is almost like being there in person. Throughout the DVD, there are brief interviews with the lead singers, Cory Wells and Danny Hutton.
Though no longer in their prime, that doesn't stop these guys from putting on a great show. Their live performances were legendary. After the Beatles, they were the first band to do stadium tours. They never got the full credit they deserved because for the most part, they didn't write their own songs. But, they would find songs by unknown artists and work with them to make them their own, then make hits out of them. Some of these song writers include Elton John, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton.
Each band member is excellent in his own right, yet blends well with the others. Their harmonies have always been one of their trademarks. Michael Allsup is amazing on lead guitar. Cory Wells is at his best when performing the soulful "Try A Little Tenderness", my personal favorite.
This DVD is great. You'll be thoroughly entertained and may relive some memories as the show goes on.