Monday, March 28, 2011
'Rebel' Rod's Revisitations - Hoyt Axton's "Life Machine"
By 'Rebel Rod Ames
There is no particular reason for it, but for some reason, I haven't posted a song/video for the day in weeks and weeks.
The mind is almost totally blank today, and the words are barely a trickle, oozing from the right side of the brain. However, for some reason, the gears never stop spinning when it comes to music.
Yesterday evening this album came to mind. Of all the fine music Hoyt Axton (1938-1999) recorded over his vast career, "Life Machine" was probably one of my favorite albums. I loved virtually every song on the album.
His soulful rendition of "Maybelline" is one of my favorite versions aside from Chuck Berry's. The bluesy version of Arthur Crudup's "That's Alright" blows Elvis' version right out of the water. Back when Michael Martin Murphy was just Michael Murphy, he wrote "Geronimo's Cadillac". Mr. Axton does it here with reverence to the original, but is more liberally produced, by adding an incredible background chorus, without over doing it, making it a tune you won't be able to help but sing along with. There are eight more tunes on the record, including Linda Ronstadt singing with him on "When the Morning Comes". Other tunes on the record are "Good Lookin' Child", "I Dream of Highways", "Pet Parade", "Telephone Booth", "Boney Fingers", and "Billie's Theme".
As I said, I literally loved ever tune on the record, and it is as much a pleasure to listen today as it was back in 1974 when it was first released. Many, myself included, consider it to be some of his best work with a resume that consists of songs such as "Greenback Dollar," "Della and the Dealer", "The Pusher", and many more. What else would you expect from the son of the woman who co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel"?
Please enjoy Hoyt Axton and Linda Ronstadt performing "When the Morning Comes" from Hoyt Axton's "Life Machine".