Southbound/Fearless

Southbound/Fearless

by Hoyt Axton
     
 
A sequel to their 2007 two-fer of Less Than the Song/Live Machine, this 2008 release from Raven combines Hoyt Axton's second two albums for A&M -- 1975's Southbound and 1976's Fearless -- as a two-fer on a single disc with no bonus tracks. These two records found Axton's career as a performer on a

Overview

A sequel to their 2007 two-fer of Less Than the Song/Live Machine, this 2008 release from Raven combines Hoyt Axton's second two albums for A&M -- 1975's Southbound and 1976's Fearless -- as a two-fer on a single disc with no bonus tracks. These two records found Axton's career as a performer on a bit of an upswing, as he capitalized on the success of "Bony Fingers" by delivering an album that was slicker and poppier in Southbound. Although it had a handful of softer, introspective moments reminiscent of his albums from a couple years back, the album was glossy and poppy, fueled by neo-novelty party songs like "Roll Your Own" and "The No No Song," which sports a cameo by Cheech & Chong. It wasn't just that Southbound included quite a bit of light, funny tunes, but that the record glided by on shiny laid-back grooves, positioned halfway between Nashville professionalism and Southern California mellow. This wound up alienating fans of Axton's fragile My Griffin Is Gone or the funkier Joy to the World, but this slick good time is quintessentially '70s and quite appealing on that level. Fearless follows through on that slick sound but it cuts back on the novelties, so it achieves a nice balance between Axton's emerging pop crossover side and his old-fashioned songcraft, and that also makes it a nice balance to Southbound on this two-fer. This is a good disc but be forewarned: if you already own the 1998 two-disc compilation The A&M Years then you already have this material -- in the same running order, no less (after all, each of the two A&M Years discs merely features two albums paired up together) -- as the entire second disc of that set.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657028421
catalogNumber:
284
Rank:
56867

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hoyt Axton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Penny Whistle
Doug Dillard   Banjo
Gail Davies   Tambourine
John Hartford   Fiddle
Arlo Guthrie   Vocals
Ozark Mountain Daredevils   Background Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Larry Carlton   Bass,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Victor Feldman   Marimbas
Jerome Richardson   Horn
Joe Sample   Piano
Tom Scott   Clarinet
James Burton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Randle Chowning   Background Vocals
Nicolette Larson   Background Vocals
Larry Lee   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Miracles   Background Vocals
Renee Armand   Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Ben Benay   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Max Bennett   Bass
Ed Black   Steel Guitar
Buddy Brayfield   Background Vocals
Ernie Carlson   Trombone
George Clinton   Piano
Gary Coleman   Percussion
Mark Dawson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Harp,Background Vocals
Hank DeVito   Steel Guitar
John Dillon   Background Vocals
Marc Edelstein   Background Vocals
Emory Gordy   Bass
John Guerin   Drums
Marty Howard   Acoustic Guitar
David Jackson   Piano
Roger Johnson   Autoharp
Paul Lewinson   Celeste
Jay Migliori   Horn
Ollie Mitchell   Horn
Lee Montgomery   Background Vocals
Warren "Pete" Moore   Background Vocals
Larry Muhoberac   Piano
Michael Omartian   Piano
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Frank Reckard   Acoustic Guitar
Dick Rosmini   Acoustic Guitar
John Rotella   Clarinet,Recorder
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Tuba
Klaus Voormann   Bass
Judy Elliot   Background Vocals
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Roger Jackson   Electric Guitar
Jeffy Scheff   Bass
Bob Worford   Rhythm Guitar
Larry Michael Lee   Background Vocals
Johnson   Penny Whistle
Ronald White   Background Vocals
William Griffin   Background Vocals
Teda Bracci   Background Vocals
Robert Rogers   Background Vocals
Joe Lamano   Bass
David P. Jackson   Piano
George W. Clinton   Piano
Mike Botts   Drums,Background Vocals
Johnson   Penny Whistle
Mountain Daredevils   Background Vocals
Ronald White   Background Vocals
Teda Bracci   Background Vocals
Michael Omartin   Piano
Marc Edelstein   Background Vocals
Gustavo Ramos   Trumpet
Francisco Arellano   Trumpet
Cathy Smith   Background Vocals
Bob Worford   Guitar
Warren Moore   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mel McDaniel   Composer
Arlo Guthrie   Duet
Bob Dylan   Composer
Linda Ronstadt   Duet
Nicolette Larson   Composer
Bob Lind   Composer
Renee Armand   Composer
Mark Dawson   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Catherine Smith   Composer
Traditional   Composer
David P. Jackson   Composer
Ian McFarlane   Liner Notes,Annotation

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