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A&M Years [Import, Original recording remastered]

Hoyt AxtonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000JCZP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sweet Misery
2. Less Than The Song
3. Sweet Fantasy
4. Days Are Short
5. Mary Makes Magic
6. Peacemaker
7. Nothin' To Lose
8. Oklahoma Song
9. Mexico City Hangover
10. Hungry Man
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Love To Sing - Hoyt Axton
2. Southbound - Hoyt Axton
3. Lion In The Winter - Hoyt Axton
4. Blind Fiddler - Hoyt Axton
5. Pride Of Man - Hoyt Axton
6. Greensleeves - Hoyt Axton
7. No No Song - Hoyt Axton
8. Nashville - Hoyt Axton
9. Speed Trap (Out Of State Cars) - Hoyt Axton
10. Roll Your Own - Hoyt Axton
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Digitally Remastered 1998 Release; This Title is a Strictly Import-Only Piece. Condenses Four of the Late Country Great's Best Albums (‘less Than the Song', ‘life Machine', ‘southbound' and ‘fearless') Onto a Double CD Set.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Disappointing Reissue March 21, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Believe me, if we were only discussing the music itself here, I'd give this one 5 stars. This is Hoyt Axton at his best -- in terms of songwriting and singing. And the fact that you can get his entire A&M output, representing 5 years of great music, in one fell swoop, should be a real plus.
But, this CD is so badly compiled, that I feel I must alert others who, like me, are tempted to buy this collection....
My gripes:
--Sound: I have never heard a supposed "digital remastering" so poorly done. The audio is badly distorted on more than half the tracks -- as if someone had the volume turned up just past the point where the sound begins to bleed. At first, I thought it might be my CD player, but I've tried it on several different players now, with the same result.
--Liner notes: John Tobler (who??) provides some of the worst liner notes I've ever seen. He starts out by babbling about "Packy" Axton, to whom Hoyt Axton is not related. Run-on sentences and run-on paragraphs make reading near-impossible. His overuse of words like "probably," "maybe" and "as memory serves" betrays the fact that this was written off the top of his head, rather than researched. And, because of that, not surprisingly, he gets lots wrong here.
--Discography. When these sides were first released as LPs, they included a complete list of players and singers on the tracks. None of that documentation makes its way here. So, you can't really throw away your old LPs once you get this, else you'll lose all the session info.
--Packaging. There only 5 photos -- all nearly identical shots of Axton standing in front of a microphone. He was such an interesting guy, it's hard to believe that more compelling pix couldn't have been found.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boney fingers is still a family anthem 20 years later November 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Weird what you grow up with isn't it? I didn't grow up listening to much pop music but my family (one of those extened hippy families) were big into Hoyt Axton. I've been listening to these four albums since I was in diapers and they're great. I can still remember when my dad brought "lifemachine" home, I was 5 and my sister and brother and I danced naked in the musicroom--my parents were probably stoned at the time. Bless em' but they grew out of that, although my Dad doesn't have any short term memory left. The first concerts I ever went to were to see Hoyt Axton. In San Fransico my dad took me back to meet him on a set brake and he played "pet parade" for me. I once saw him at a Bread and Roses festival in Berkeley too. He's one of those guys that sounded the same on the album as he did live. Damn good song writer too.
There's a lot of his songs out there that sometimes, you don't even know he wrote unless you pay attention. For instance, after I started playing guitar I learned Sweet Misery which I got off a John Denver album and Lighting Bar Blues which I got off an Arlo Guthrie Album. My boyfriend's son discovered an old CD of the Kingston Trio this spring--he said there was this great song on it that he kept playing over and over again (this is a kid who usually listens to Garth Brooks, Cake and Metalica.) I said, "oh really, which one?" and he said, "Green Back Dollar." Go figure. A couple of months ago our old "hippy family" had a reunion. I hadn't seen some of these people for 15 years or more so they didn't even know I played guitar. My uncle and I sat down and played a set of Hoyt Axton songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All his own work November 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the only release currently available featuring Axton's A&M output which is widely regarded as his best. Recorded between 1973 and 1978 during which time he made a guest appearance on WKRP in Cincinnati. It is a lavishly packaged double CD set featuring all four of his A&M albums in their entirety. It is also an import making it expensive, especially to Australian and European customers. A&M America have really fallen down on their duty regarding Axton on CD. In the late 1970s they released an excellent compilation LP called Road Songs featuring great artwork which was a big seller. Why hasn't it been released on CD? It seems A&M have been slacking off since being taken over by Polygram/Universal in the 1980s. While we wait for Road Songs to be issued on CD The A&M Years will have to do. So dig deep fans, owning this album is like owning a bit of country music history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that you'll never grow tired of March 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first song I ever knew all the words to was Evangelina. I fell in love with the man who sang those words and I wished that someday a man might love me that much. The songs on these cds are sung by one of the greatest storytellers of all time. If you enjoy acoustic guitar music, love songs, fun songs, honkey-tonk, rock-n-roll, rhythm-n-blues, and folk music you will enjoy this album. No matter what kind of mood I'm in listening to this under appreciated man will always lift my spirits. If you love life and everything good then buy this album. Borrow it to your friends and share with them the joy Hoyt's music can bring to their life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
great album. Axton shines in every tune. Anyone who likes Hoyt has this music. Anyone who doesn't know who Hoyt is,
if you like country/folk, music you will like this album. Read more
Published 14 months ago by kennybo
5.0 out of 5 stars One album stands out
I give five stars for disc 2, songs 14-25 which is the "Fearless" album in its entirety. The songs before this album are good in their way but back in late '80's when a friend of... Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by bubbula
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoyt Axton is "The Man"
My father has introduced me to his many odd musical interests, but the one that has influenced my life the most is Hoyt Axton. Read more
Published on November 18, 2005 by J. South
5.0 out of 5 stars There's only one Hoyt
Been listening to Hoyt for 30 years. Have seen him in concert three or four times...a bar in south Seattle, Monroe fairgrounds, the arena in Seattle. Read more
Published on September 26, 2001 by Jim Barron
4.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to underrate Hoyt Axton
Today we remember Axton for bread commercials, but my first exposure to his singing was when he played a supporting role on an episode of "Bonanza" as a condemned man who... Read more
Published on August 24, 2001 by R. L. MILLER
5.0 out of 5 stars for Hoyt Lovers
This CD has songs that can not be found anywhere else. I had some songs on an old record album and could not find them on recent recordings. Read more
Published on September 9, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Bargain!
This double CD has all four of Hoyt's A&M complete albums from the 70's, Less Than the Song, Life Machine, Fearless, and Southbound. There's some great music in here! Read more
Published on October 15, 1999 by Ray R. Kawal
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