Flashes of Fire: Hoyt's Very Best 1962-1990

Flashes of Fire: Hoyt's Very Best 1962-1990

by Hoyt Axton
     
 

Although his only chart success as a musical performer came with a few minor entries on the country lists, several of Hoyt Axton's songs were smashes in cover versions on the pop side of things, starting with the Kingston Trio's hit take on Axton's "Greenback Dollar" in 1962, Three Dog Night's…  See more details below

Overview

Although his only chart success as a musical performer came with a few minor entries on the country lists, several of Hoyt Axton's songs were smashes in cover versions on the pop side of things, starting with the Kingston Trio's hit take on Axton's "Greenback Dollar" in 1962, Three Dog Night's renditions of his "Joy to the World" in 1971 and "Never Been to Spain" in 1972, and ex-Beatle Ringo Starr's treatment of "No No Song" in 1975. Steppenwolf's searing cover of Axton's "The Pusher" also garnered a lot of attention and airplay when it turned up on the Easy Rider soundtrack in 1969. All of this points to Axton's uniqueness. His odd, literate songs weren't exactly country, folk, rock or pop but an intriguing mixture of all of these, and it difficult to think of a songwriter quite like him. This generous 25-song survey of Axton's career from Australia's fine Raven Records hits all the key spots, beginning with a live take of "Greenback Dollar" from 1962 and ending with the goofy but endearing "Fearless the Wonder Dog" from 1990, and includes Axton's own versions of "Joy to the World," "Never Been to Spain," "No No Song" and "The Pusher" as well as a lovely duet with Linda Ronstadt on "When the Morning Comes." Drawing tracks from several labels, including Axton's own Jeremiah Records, Flashes of Fire makes both an ideal introduction to this unsung artist as well as an intelligently chosen survey of his nearly 40-year recording career. All the essentials are here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657018125
catalogNumber:
181
Rank:
5059

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hoyt Axton   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer,Producer
Leith Stevens   Composer
Nicolette Larson   Composer
Renee Armand   Composer
Mark Dawson   Composer
Alex Hassilev   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Allan McDougall   Producer
Chuck Mellone   Producer
Donna Roberts   Producer
Catherine Smith   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Ernie Sheldon   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Preparation for CD Release
Keith Glass   Liner Notes,Annotation
Kevin Mueller   Concept,Preparation for CD Release
Peter Shillito   Concept,Preparation for CD Release
David P. Jackson   Composer
Kennard Ramsey   Composer

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