Hoyt Axton

Where Did the Money Go?

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Hoyt Axton launched his Jeremiah label with the album A Rusty Old Halo and enjoyed two Top 20 hits. Where Did the Money Go? followed a year later and did not fare as well. The previous album was an all-star affair, but Where Did the Money Go? has a smaller cast that includes Bill Kirchen on guitar. "Betty La Rue" is another of Axton's story-songs with drugs in the background like A Rusty Old Halo's "Della and the Dealer," and the title track, a vaguely calypso-styled song Axton sings with a faint dialect, was a minor hit. The album also contains a remake of "Ease Your Pain" from his 1971 album Joy to the World and an unremarkable cover of "The Battle of New Orleans." The album doesn't live up to the standards of A Rusty Old Halo and particularly drags during "Boozers Are Losers" and "Politicians," two clich├ęd and uninspired songs that appear back to back in the running order. Axton is so likable it's hard to criticize him, so fans are certain to enjoy at least some of Where Did the Money Go?.

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