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

Hoyt Axton Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Raven [Australia]
  • ASIN: B0001XAP4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,173 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’
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Retrospective 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Hoyt is good Hoyt 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best compilation of overlooked star 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flashes of fire Hoyt's very best 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Flashes of Fire: Hoyt's Best 1962-1990 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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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Very Best" From A Songwriting Genius 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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5.0 out of 5 stars good old country 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy ears. January 7, 2014
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I bought this cd for one song and loved 8. Now I move it from truck to car when driving.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I like Hoyt Axton and I think this is his best album. When I first got this some years ago, I was surprised by some of the songs included. Good value.
Published 3 months ago by Al Bartlett
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Hoyt Axton's ' Flashes Of Fire'
First heard Axton back in the 80's. Don't hear any of his stuff these days
here in Oz - which is a pity because he has a distinctive, rich and powerful
voice - really... Read more
Published 3 months ago by james Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chice
This is an excellent anthology that will delight all Hoyt Axton fans. It will also create more fans! Thanks Amazon.
Published 6 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars hard to find
i bought this about two years ago wow you folks must have giving someone a bonus for trying to recieve good reviews im really surprised that you would keep hounding me over the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John D Hance
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed for my music library
I bought this for my music library. It has some very good classic Hoyt on it. The original NO NO Song, blows away Ringos cover of it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by West Coast Scofflaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Good old music.
If you like Hoyt Axton, you will like this. It has a good selection of music but be sure to check the song list to make sure that you don't already own many of them.
Published 17 months ago by Thomas J. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars HOYT WAS A GENIUS
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. Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by FELICIA
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hoyt Axton
A good production of Axtons' classic compositions, though some of the live performance recordings are less than stellar. Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by Bill Carrothers
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