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


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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B0001XAP4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Greenback Dollar
2. Smoky
3. It's All Right Now
4. Snowblind Friend
5. Pusher
6. Never Been To Spain
7. Joy To The World
8. Officer Ray
9. Heaven
10. Sweet Misery
11. Less Than The Song
12. When The Morning Comes
13. Boney Fingers
14. No No Song
15. Lion In The Winter
16. In A Young Girl’S Mind
17. Evangelina
18. Flash Of Fire
19. Light This Candle
20. Free Sailin’
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Editorial Reviews

The larger than life image of the bear of a man that was Hoyt Axton filled many roles in life: artist, actor, athlete, philospher, but above all, storyteller and songwriter. The son of Mae Axton (who co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel") wrote his own classics: "Greenback Dollar", "Joy To The World", "Snowblind Friend", "The Pusher", "Never Been To Spain", "The No No Song", "Boney Fingers", "Della & The Dealer" and "When The Morning Comes". All of these and more are included in this long-overdue, 25-track, 78-minute anthology covering almost four full decades of recording, culled from his stays with 20th Century, Columbia, Jeremiah, Capitol, A&M, MCA etc. Truly the Very Best of Hoyt Axton.

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on July 16, 2004
Flashes Of Fire's 25 diverse, brightly remastered tracks reach from a live '62 "Greenback Dollar" (later covered by the Kingston Trio) to 1990's whimsical "Fearless The Wonder Dog." For all the rock hits he penned (Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World" and "Never Been To Spain," Ringo Starr's "No No Song"), Hoyt Axton's albums and singles surprisingly never cracked Pop's top 40 - only Country's - though his literate, left-of-center writing was as far from mainstream country as it could get. A wide range of artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Bing Crosby and David Crosby were among those who covered him.
In the drug-hazy `60s and `70s, Axton's anti-drug songs never seemed square. Cheech & Chong make a cameo appearance on "No No Song." Steppenwolf's seering "The Pusher" cover powered Easy Rider's soundtrack. "Snow Blind Friend" (which Steppenwolf also did) viewed substance abuse with pity. As for Axton's country top-tenners, "Boney Fingers" showed his droll side, while "When The Morning Comes" (a duet with Linda Ronstadt) was, as its name implies, a beguiling morning-after song. A big bear of a man, Axton died at only 61 in 1999 after a career spanning writing, singing and Hollywood acting. His mom was Mae Axton who co-wrote Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel."
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By bob turnley on April 21, 2007
Axton is as important to Americana as Dylan and Springsteen and deserves all the respect and attention given him and more. Seeing any CD release of his music is a pleasant suprise but many of his best are missing from this release. If you want Hoyt's best, you've got to have - 500 Miles, Hotel Ritz, Pride of Man, So Hard To Give It All Up, The Devil, Mountain Right, Cowboys On Horses With Wings, Wild Bull Rider, and the most beautiful song he ever sang: I Collect Hearts. Other glaring ommissions include- I Love To Sing, The Way Of The World, Southbound, I Left My Gal In The Mountains and California Women.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Hellmann on January 9, 2007
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Hoyt Axton grew up in the business of making music. With obvious regard to his mother and her song writing efforts, Hoyt carried the family music torch for several decades. It's a mystery why he never quite got his just due with Billboard charts and radio air-play. No matter, if you're interested in country, folk, story songs, or just fine music, Hoyt Axton's Flashes of Fire will not disappoint!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Culp on September 15, 2008
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This is a terrific CD! A collection of Hoyt's "Very Best" songs from 1962-80, it contains many that have been covered by hugely popular bands like Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf, as well as many that are less well known. All are outstanding, and as for the ones that have been covered, I like Hoyt's own versions better! I highly recommend this one. It's all going on my iPod. :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By scibuff on May 14, 2011
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Wanted to hear the original music by the original artist that wrote them. Hoyt was a man of multiple talents. I'm more than satisfied with the cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jukka-Pekka Leskinen on March 4, 2014
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Good Old Country Music never dies. My favorite; Della and the Dealer and the Dog named Jake and the cat called Kalamazoo. I once had a cat like that!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Lambert on August 8, 2010
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It is fun to hear Hoyt's voice again, and the ageless lyrics I still remember. "It was Della and the dealer and a dog named Jake, and a cat called Kalamazoo". Great fun!
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By FELICIA on January 19, 2009
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Hoyt Axton was able to follow the pulse of America like the Beatles followed the pulse of growing up in the 60's. He was a profound lyricist. His song "Snow Blind Friend" hits all of us who survived the dope era like no one else ever did."Sweet Misery" and "Less Than The Song (I am Singing)" are life-saving songs.

I would have given this all stars, but it is missing "Somebody Turned On the Light."
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