Never Been To Spain (Original Mono Mix)

Baby, where have you been all my life?  This song seemed vaguely familiar, and I thought…Lyle Lovett?  Now, I’ve come across Three Dog Night before but obviously had never heard them.  Not really.  Allow me to introduce you to my new love:  “Never Been To Spain” in all its 45 RPM original mono glory.

Lyrics and credits, below.  Enjoy!

Well I never been to Spain
But I kinda like the music
Say the ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it

They don’t abuse it
Never gonna lose it
I can’t refuse it

Well I never been to England
But I kinda like the Beatles
Well, I headed for Las Vegas
Only made it out to Needles

Can you feel it?
It must be real
It feels so good
Oh, feels so good

Well I never been to heaven
But I’ve been to Oklahoma
Well they tell me I was born there
But I really don’t remember

In Oklahoma
Not Arizona
What does it matter?
What does it matter?

[“Never Been To Spain,” by Three Dog Night.  Written by:  Hoyt Axton.  Original release:  Never Been To Spain, 1971.]

[Three Dog Night:  Mike Allsup (guitar); Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards); Danny Hutton (vocals); Chuck Negron (vocals); Joe Schermie (bass); Floyd Sneed (drums); Cory Wells (vocals).]


Video posted to youtube by user WABCRADIO77.



25 thoughts on “Never Been To Spain (Original Mono Mix)

    1. He’s doing a tremendous public service! I searched live performances and found this one…I prefer the sound. That bass, especially at the beginning, the vocals…the drums gently cascading…this mono mix captured the best version of this song.
      The guy who posted included background information such as chart position, label info as well as band info, etc. He’s definitely worth visiting and I’m sure his collection holds many great treasures!

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      1. In many cases, the mono mixes are the ones to go with. Not a lot of people know this, but since mono was the dominant format in the 60’s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were very hands-on with their mono mixes. They were not as interested in stereo until later, the experimental phase, and then they stopped mixing in mono completely. But the early Beatles, the best way to hear them is in the original Beatles-approved mono. And they sound amazing, bass in particular as you mentioned here!

        I also wish I had this guy’s equipment. Turntable looks lovely.

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        1. I did not know this, but based on this one experience I’m a believer! 🙂 I was familiar with “Joy to the World” for example and considered Three Dog Night a party band — nothing wrong with that. When I heard this song the other day, I couldn’t place it and for a few fleeting moments thought it might be Lyle Lovett. It turns out that stereo can be a distraction. WABCRADIO77 informs us that, sadly, “ABC Dunhill destroyed most of their mono masters in the early 70’s.”

          This guy’s equipment is pristine! You can see the love shining through. Here is some information from WABCRADIO77’s About page: “Welcome to Channel WABCRADIO77, where we feature original vinyl 45 RPM Records, Radio Airchecks & Great Music! The goal of this channel is to present classic “oldies” music the way it was meant to be – in it’s original form exactly as it sounded when the song was a hit on the radio.”

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    1. I will do that! I’m on the lookout for their first album. I’ve always loved “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” (who doesn’t?) but didn’t realize just how good they are/were.
      Thank you, M! I wish you a wonderful New Year. 🙂


  1. Wow… Danica… Thank you for bringing Three Dog Night into the moment. I haven’t listened to them in a while. They have many that I enjoy so much… “Easy to be Hard”… “Try a Little Tenderness”… “One”… but I think my favorite of theirs is one that was never a big hit or well known… “Freedom for the Stallion”… beautiful song. One thing though… I’ve never been to Spain… but I’ve always liked insane ladies… and once… I even found Heaven in Oklahoma… but then… that’s another story…
    Thanks for the memories…
    Hope your evening is most beautiful…

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    1. Michael, I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the memories. I’m seeking out the rest of their catalogue and “Try a Little Tenderness” seems familiar. Knowing that you enjoy(ed) them is all the recommendation I need. I’d be delighted to learn more of your story of insane ladies in Spain and finding Heaven in Oklahoma. 🙂
      Here is Three Dog Night with “Freedom for the Stallion” for you. Enjoy a lovely day.


  2. Loved this band back in the late Sixties and early Seventies. They did covers of others music, there biggest hit was probably Joy to the world, originally by Marvin Gaye, they also include Easy to be hard, from the musical Hair. They were quite a groovy hit band. Thanks for blogging this, as I had not heard this track of theirs. Happy New Year, and hope ti will be a great one, best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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    1. I’m so glad that you like this one, Charles! I’m looking forward to exploring more of their catalogue and welcome more groovy hits in my life. I should probably watch Hair, too!
      Thank you and Happy New Year! I wish you a truly wonderful year, Charles.

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      1. Pleasure, Hair is most engrossing film and musical, it will have you laugh and cry, the music is incredible, and a lot of the songs, were huge hits, so you will recognize them. The original musical was done in the nude, which caused a huge sensation when it opened in London, I t played live for years before the film came out. Enjoy it, and enjoy getting to know the music of Three dog night, a band loved by the fans, but often criticized by the critics for doing bland (!) covers of other peoples music. I really enjoyed their music, and my mind plays Joy to the world often, so give it a listen.

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        1. Thank you! Did you see the original musical? I’ve located a DVD that was released in 1999. The main character is Claude Bukowski, does that sound right?
          I’ll look for the original soundtrack too.
          Three Dog Night was criticized for being bland? I don’t hear that at all. If playing music others wrote is cause for criticism then many (many!) bands and performers would be under fire.
          I’m looking forward to the movie and soundtrack! Thanks again, Charles. 🙂

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          1. Yes< Claude, some body was the mane character, and I remember it did come out in the '90's. I missed it as, it's run was over by the time I got to leave South Africa for the first time, and have not been any where that it was showing since. As I study these times, I have seen the film Hair often ( probably about 12 times, as it is a wonderful document about those heady days in the late '60's when it is set. Enjoy it. I do not know why the critics were so hard on this group,n I and millions of others loved them, and they had a whole string of hits from early 1970 until the mid '70's. Critics seem to have harsh words for many hit bands, as I remember Grand Funk was another favorite of theirs to pick on, it also did not stop them from have a long run of hits and many fans. Enjoy, best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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            1. I’m sure that I’ll enjoy the film — based only on the fact you’ve seen it a dozen times! The soundtrack must be equally good. I wonder whether the musical appears on stage now and then.
              I like Grand Funk’s “We’re An American Band”. Maybe critics are against fun? 🙂
              Thanks and all the best, Charles.

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              1. I think critics take themselves to seriously, really imagine admitting to like Grand Funk! They’re far to stuck up for that, I also liked their cover of Little Eva and the Commotions hit, The Locomotion. 🙂 Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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  3. Not sure how I missed this post when it originally appeared but I’m glad I brought up this song in a comment about your latest post. Last week I spent a couple of workouts & commutes with the excellent Three Dog Night 2-CD compilation that was released in the ’90s. I was reminded what a diverse and awesome band they were. My introduction to this song came via Elvis Presley, who included it on numerous live releases in the ’70s. Those are still my go-to versions but I also love TDN’s hit version. Thanks for highlighting this mono version.

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    1. I’m glad you brought it up too! You’ve reminded me that I need to get Three Dog Night’s 2-CD compilation! With so much blogging goodness it’s easy to miss posts… I know I’ve missed some of yours….
      Here’s hoping your upcoming trip to Spain will inspire a musical post or two over at KamerTunesBlog. 🙂

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