Hoyt Axton

Pistol Packin' Mama/Spin of the Wheel

  • AllMusic Rating
    3
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

This import CD is a reissue of Hoyt Axton's third and fourth studio albums released on his own Jeremiah label. Pistol Packin' Mama, from 1982, is dominated by remakes of well-known songs like the title track, "I Walk the Line," and "Don't Fence Me In." Axton's songwriting contribution is at an all-time low, and one of the few new originals is the annoying "Fearless the Wonder Dog," the melody of which is based on the "Casper the Friendly Ghost" cartoon theme song. Spin of the Wheel from 1990, Axton's final album, refocuses on his own songs, some of which are fine additions to his canon. "We Could've Been Sweethearts," in particular, is as good as anything he did during his mid-'70s peak. Overall these are Axton's weakest albums since the '60s, but fans will find several diamonds in the rough.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:09 Spotify
2 2:44 Spotify
3 2:59 Spotify
4 2:52 Spotify
5 2:40 Spotify
6 2:26 Spotify
7 3:29 Spotify
8 2:10 Spotify
9 3:34 Spotify
10 1:55 Spotify
11 2:53 Spotify
12 2:19 Spotify
13 2:46 Spotify
14 1:58 Spotify
15 2:49 Spotify
16 3:55 Spotify
17 3:20 Spotify
18 3:34 Spotify
19 3:32 Spotify
20 3:12 Spotify
21 3:18 Spotify
22 5:25 Spotify
23 4:26 Spotify
24 1:15 Spotify
blue highlight denotes track pick