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The name may not be instantly familiar, but the voice should provoke some déjà vu. As the middle dog in Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron was heard on about 20 hits between 1969 and ’75. That band’s cheerful pop was apparently in stark contrast to its members’ grim personal lives. If one was hesitant to believe keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon’s sickening autobiography, One Is the Loneliest Number, we now have Negron’s admission that his absence is the result of two decades of heroin addiction. The good news for any youngsters considering a similar lifestyle is that smack has little noticeable effect on the vocal chords. Negron’s soaring tenor still rings as bright as ever. Am I Still grew out of an aborted 3DN reunion, thus we are left with One Dog Night, as Negron harmonizes with himself. The result is surprisingly evocative of the old band. Even though Lowell George considered 3DN vocalist Danny Hutton (the quiet one) the best singer in L.A., and Cory Wells (the cute one) could stop the show with his virtuosic blue-eyed soul versions of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke staples, this recording reveals how integral Negron (the tall one) was to 3DN’s success. Of course, the band also drew from a songwriting pool of then-young-and-hungry talent that included the likes of Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, and Harry Nilsson; Three Dog Night even charted the first Elton John song. Here, Negron wades in waters not quite so clear. Aided by original producer and engineer Richie Polodar and Bill Cooper, Greenspoon, and, on one song, dog drummer Floyd Sneed (Negron, however, is credited on every track with “drum loops”), Am I Still provides smoothly produced adult-contemporary celebrations and castigations from a man happy to no longer be hooked. Champagne’s disco-era “How ‘Bout Us” gets a nicely soulful updating, though Cream’s “I Feel Free” is strangely sluggish. While the disc is hardly fresh by current marketplace standards, those longing for new Three Dog Night (and there are still active fan clubs) will find plenty of pleasing echoes in Negron’s return. CP