Three (The John Butler Trio album)

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Released18 April 2001
RecordedStudio Couch - North Fremantle
Genre Bluegrass, alternative rock
Label Independent (Aus)
ATO Records (US)
Producer John Butler Trio
Shaun O'Callaghan
John Butler Trio chronology
Living 2001-2002
Professional ratings
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Three is the second studio album of Australian jam band The John Butler Trio.


All the music and lyrics were written and arranged by John Butler with the exception of Earthbound Child which was co-written by Ozzie Rea. [2] The album was recorded, engineered and mixed by Shaun O'Callaghan at Studio Couch, North Fremantle, Western Australia. It was mastered at Woodstock Studios by Robin Mai, Nicky Bomba and Joe Camilleri. The album was produced by the John Butler Trio and Shaun O'Callaghan. The cover concept was designed by John Butler with Matt and Iowana at Insomnia Design.

There were guest appearances by:

In 2001 Three won ARIA Award for Best Independent Release.

In the United States it was released on ATO Records, [3] with a few more tracks than the Australian CD - partly because it was the first John Butler Trio album released in the United States.

Australian track listing

All music and lyrics written and arranged by John Butler. [4]

  1. "Betterman" – 8:16
  2. "Attitude" – 6:09
  3. "Media" – 5:19
  4. "Believe" – 3:59
  5. "Take" – 8:01
  6. "Life Ain't What It Seems" – 7:04
  7. "Money" – 11:33
  8. "Foundation" – 14:47

U.S. track listing [5]

  1. "Betterman" 8:19
  2. "Attitude" 6:13
  3. "Media" 6:04
  4. "Believe" 4:02
  5. "Take" 8:05
  6. "Life Ain't What It Seems" 8:14
  7. "Money" 11:33
  8. "Pickapart 2:59
  9. "Earthbound Child 3:50
  10. "Don't Understand" 4:31


Weekly charts

Chart (2001)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [6] 24

Year-end charts

Chart (2001)Peak
Australian (ARIA Charts) [7] 88
Chart (2002)Peak
Australian (ARIA Charts) [7] 67


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [8] Platinum70,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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  2. The CD insert states this fact and I personally know Ozzie and he receives 20% of the royalties for this song.
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