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Flashes Of Fire: Hoyt's Very Best 1962-1990 Import

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  • Audio CD (26 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Raven
  • ASIN: B0001XAP4W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,543 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Greenback Dollar
2. Smoky
3. It's All Right Now
4. Snow Blind Friend
5. The 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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The larger-than-life image of the bear of a man that was Hoyt Axton was comprised of many parts – artist, actor, athlete, philosopher but above all, storyteller and songwriter. Songwriting was, he once said, the key to his life and the constant driving force throughout. The son of the woman who wrote "Heartbreak Hotel", Hoyt wrote his own classics including hits for The Kingston Trio ("Greenback Dollar"), Three Dog Night ("Joy The World"), Steppenwolf ("The Pusher"), Ringo Starr ("No No Song") and others. 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. Featuring two duets with Linda Ronstadt, detailed liner notes and rare photographs.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M Hisbent on 27 Mar 2009
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Hoyt Axton has long been one of my favourite mid-sixties balladeers alongside Jackson C Frank and John Kay. Of this threesome only John Kay survives and for Hoyt and Jackson we are left with their recorded works for company. Amazingly it was through the hard rock band Steppenwolf that I discovered the work of Hoyt the solo guitarist & balladeer as he was the composer of 2 of Steppenwolf's great songs - 'Snow Blind friend' and 'The Pusher'. Both are included in this compilation along with 'Joy to the world' (made famous by 3 Dog Night, label mates of Steppenwolf.)
No 'best of' collection can ever replace a collection of original albums with their artwork, sleeve notes and hidden gems which would never have been 'hits' but are still great songs. However, this compilation of 25 tracks comes very, very close with the three songs mentioned above + Evangelina, Flash Of Fire, Light This Candle,Free Sailing, Della And The Dealer, Rusty Old Halo amongst the roll call. If you don't know Hoyt's work this is the best place to start.
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By Miss A R Thomas on 10 Mar 2014
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Been long time fan of Hoyt Axton. All previous albums on vinyl, so could not resist a cd compilation with lots of favourite tracks on it.
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like the styles of the different recordings seems to enjoy what he does good all round performer laughter in his voice
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Retrospective 16 July 2004
By Jim Bagley - Published on Amazon.com
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."
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Any Hoyt is good Hoyt 22 April 2007
By bob turnley - Published on Amazon.com
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.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Best compilation of overlooked star 9 Jan 2007
By Brian A. Hellmann - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"The Very Best" From A Songwriting Genius 16 Sep 2008
By John Culp - Published on Amazon.com
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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. :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
flashes of fire Hoyt's very best 14 May 2011
By scibuff - Published on Amazon.com
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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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