Less Than the Song/Life Machine

Less Than the Song/Life Machine

by Hoyt Axton
     
 
Raven's 2007 release Less Than the Song/Life Machine is a straight-up two-fer of Hoyt Axton's first two albums for A&M Records, containing no bonus tracks. Although they were released just a year apart -- Less Than the Song came out in 1973, Life Machine in 1974 -- they're very different records,

Overview

Raven's 2007 release Less Than the Song/Life Machine is a straight-up two-fer of Hoyt Axton's first two albums for A&M Records, containing no bonus tracks. Although they were released just a year apart -- Less Than the Song came out in 1973, Life Machine in 1974 -- they're very different records, with the former being a spare, rather haunting slice of singer/songwriter introspection and the latter being a good-time boogie record, highlighted by Axton's big breakthrough hit, "Boney Fingers." Despite their differences in tone, they make for good companion pieces, not just because they date from the same era but, when taken together, they give a fairly good indication of the scope of Axton's talents as a songwriter and a performer (his re-workings of "Maybelline" and "That's All Right" on Life Machine are inventive and fun). This is a good disc but be forewarned: if you already own the 1998 two-disc compilation The A&M Years you already have this material -- in the same running order, no less (both discs, after all, merely feature the two albums paired up as a two-fer) -- as the entire first disc of that set.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657025925
catalogNumber:
259
Rank:
95284

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hoyt Axton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Doug Dillard   Banjo,Background Vocals
Flo & Eddie   Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Burton   Dobro,Electric Guitar
Mac Gayden   Slide Guitar
Claudia Lennear   Background Vocals
Terry Reid   Electric Guitar
Red Rhodes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bob Lind   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Ronee Blakley   Background Vocals
Renee Armand   Vocals,Background Vocals
Denny Brooks   Background Vocals
Ron Cornelius   Electric Guitar
Gene Cipriano   Horn
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Mark Dawson   Harp,Background Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass,Bass Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass,Bass Guitar
Karl Himmel   Percussion
Milt Holland   Percussion,Vibes
Eric Hord   Slide Guitar
Paul Hubinon   Horn
David Jackson   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Howard Kaylan   Background Vocals
Ed Kollis   Harmonica
Lee Montgomery   Background Vocals
Ralph Mooney   Pedal Steel Guitar
Loren Newkirk   Piano,Celeste
Mark Volman   Background Vocals
Donna Washburn   Background Vocals
Donna Weiss   Background Vocals
Vincent DeRosa   Horn
Bob Wilson   Organ,Piano
Michael Utley   Piano
Leland Sklar   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ann Goodman   Cello
David P. Jackson   Bass,Background Vocals
Michael J. Barone   Horn
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra   Organ,Piano
Sherlie Matthews   Background Vocals
Dana Brady   Background Vocals
Stephen Pace   Fiddle
Skitchy Washburn   Background Vocals
Dana Brady   Background Vocals
Dick "Slyde" Hyde   Horn
Sammy Lee Creason   Drums
Michael Barone   Horn

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer,Audio Production
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Tom Scott   Arranger
Clydie King   Arranger
Charles John Quarto   Composer
Renee Armand   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Bob Johnston   Audio Production
Joe Bishop   Composer
Peter Shillito   Concept
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes,Annotation
Allan McDougall   Audio Production

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