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Less Than the Song/Life Machine

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657025925
  • Catalog Number: 259
  • Sales rank: 74,998

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Misery (3:24)
  2. 2 Less Than the Song (3:04)
  3. 3 Sweet Fantasy (3:09)
  4. 4 Days Are Short (3:50)
  5. 5 Mary Makes Magic (3:30)
  6. 6 Peacemaker (3:05)
  7. 7 Nothin' to Lose (3:06)
  8. 8 Oklahoma Song (2:20)
  9. 9 Mexico City Hangover (3:20)
  10. 10 Hungry Man (2:49)
  11. 11 Somebody Turned on the Light (3:03)
  12. 12 Blue Prelude (1:51)
  13. 13 Maybelline (2:45)
  14. 14 Life Machine (3:36)
  15. 15 That's All Right (5:12)
  16. 16 Geronimo's Cadillac (3:43)
  17. 17 When the Morning Comes (3:31)
  18. 18 Good Lookin' Child (2:50)
  19. 19 I Dream of Highways (2:35)
  20. 20 Pet Parade (3:03)
  21. 21 Telephone Booth (3:29)
  22. 22 Boney Fingers (3:08)
  23. 23 Billie's Theme (2:35)
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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
Dr. 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
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes, Annotation
Allan McDougall Audio Production
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