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Special Limited Deluxe Collector s Edition / 1st Time on CD in Europe / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology / 16 page full colour booklet 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and full involvement from Kim Mitchell CANADIAN ROCK during the 1970s was at its zenith, producing numerous bands and artists with talent to burn. Of all the artists vying for attention in the maple leaf it was Max Webster who, for a brief moment in time, attracted attention as the act to watch for bigger and better things. Certainly they were no ordinary band. The fact that the name Max Webster was an entirely fictional non de plume was just part of the conundrum. An electric and eccentric four piece, based in Toronto, and led by the ever entertaining Kim Mitchell, MW maximised their curious non-conventional appeal by crafting melodic progressive rock with a nod to the left-of-centre approach pioneered by King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Genesis. It was a heady mixture for sure but one that paid long lasting dividends. Discovered and signed to Rush s management company (SRO), the band s debut album, originally issued in 1976 and helmed by Rush producer Terry Brown, was funded and issued by Taurus, SRO s in house production company. The album is a sublime and incredibly captivating work, with as many twists and turns as quirky hooks and riffs can possibly allow. Standout tracks include Hangover , Here Among The Cats , Only Your Nose Knows , and the truly baffling yet utterly compelling Toronto Tontos . A truly astounding work

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kim Mitchell and the boys get a hangover 26 Aug 2005
By R. Recchia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was originally released in Canada in 1975 and then it was released two years later in the U.S. and elsewhere with a different cover and a different album title, " Max Webster/ Hangover ". I had the U.S. version on vinyl for years before finally buying this on CD, which has the original album title, " Max Webster " and the the original cover. My LP version had a lyric sheet, while the CD does not....at least the version I BOUGHT doesn't have it.

ANYHOW.....in either format, I still think this is the best album that Max Webster had ever done. It may not be their most mature album from a musical or lyrical standpoint, but it IS their most hard rocking. Of the nine tracks here, I don't think there is even one dud....I like or love all of these songs! The album gets off to a whiz banger of a start with '" Hangover ", which begins with Kim Mitchell making some intentionally headache inducing noises on his electric guitar, after which the drums come in and Kim lays into a mighty catchy guitar riff (which I taught myself how to play). A terrific song with many good things going for it, particularly Pye Dubois' lyrics, which do an unusual, but accurate job in describing a typical hangover, especially the lines " cold morning and the drums, blue eyes and the window sun ", " double vision when the bars close down " and " I can't feel you but I know you're around, I can feel you cuz I feel the sound ". This wonderful song is followed by another good hard rocker , " Here Among The Cats", on which Mitchell gets in some mighty fast lead guitar work.

Terry Watkinson's sole writing contribution, " Blowing The Blues Away ", is a laid back and catchy hard rock number which contains, like many other songs here, a very singalongable refrain. It also showed that Watkinson was a very capable lyric writer himself. " Summer Turning Blue " is the most mellow song here...very pretty and melodic, with a surprisingly sensitive vocal from Mitchell. This is followed by....

......" Toronto Tontos ", which is my favorite Max Webster song of all time and one of the funniest tunes I have ever heard. I love everything about this song, from the silly voices that sing the opening line " Bonjour aux amis des malheur, nous sommes fous " (which translates into something like ' Good day my friends of misfortune, we are foolish '....or at least that's what my high school French teacher thought it said), to the mock dangerous guitar riff, to the drumming, to Watkinson's organ playing, to Mitchell's bass/baritone vocal, to the silly tin whistle and percussion that comes before the verses, to the delivery of the lines " I got no fire on me...no cigarettes, no matches ", etc.... I do not know WHAT this song is about and I don't think I want to know. What I DO know is that Max Webster never did anything remotely like it again..and that's a shame.

The second half is mighty good as well (though not as strong as the first half ) and starts off with two very satisfying hard rockers in a row, " Coming Off The Moon " and " Only Your Nose Knows ". Both of them feature outstanding playing from all four band members, though once again, Mitchell's lead guitar playing particularly shines on " Only Your Nose Knows ". I think I may have heard that tune on the radio a few times.

" Summers Up " is an odd little piece. It's a bit mellow, with some cocktail jazz like piano playing from Watkinson. Mitchell hits some very LOW, LOW notes during one part. A weird, but enjoyable song. The album ends on an unexpected serious note with the seven and a half minute progressive rock number " Lily ". The musical star of this one is Watkinson. Several different musical sections,some complicated time signatures, not a very heavy song. Though it may be my least favorite tune here, it does get better after a few listens.

Some very good albums would come afterwards, but overall, I would have to say this album is the best one Max Webster did. Terry Brown helped produce it and the album really sounds great, especially when played VERY LOUD! I really think you should buy this album...really!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finally a worthy remaster! 3 Jun 2012
By Miles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I finally got this Rock Candy remaster a couple of days ago and could not be more pleased with what I am hearing! I first came into contact with Max Webster on the night of May 18, 1977 at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette Michigan as they were the opening band for the mighty RUSH. I was totally impressed from the very first note with these guys and have been really into them since. I don't think I had up to that point ever gone out and bought any records as anxiously by any band after seeing a live show as I did with Max Webster...maybe Robin Trowers Bridge of Sighs would be an exception! All the players in this band were absolutely firing on all cylinders that night and I was just blown away to say the least....a worthy band to open for RUSH...who also were on fire that night! The guy who wrote most of the lyrics Pye Dubois had a way with putting words together that was and still is as unique as I have ever experienced in music! Great players all putting everything into every song in a professional manner that made me want to own everything they ever put out...and I do! Get this remaster, forget about how much it costs because I am hearing a lot of different little added goodies I never could hear before like background vocals, guitar and keyboard bits , cymbal taps, Mike Tilkas Bass...etc. As the band that made one the biggest impressions on me at a live show I just had to get these new remasters and if they did the same to anyone else they need to get these...now!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
the best of the originals 12 April 2009
By Mark Russo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
my father worked at a radio station in the 70's and would bring home piles of records at any given time.
he handed me an original cover lp and told me to listen to it and critique it.
i had never heard of them so i put it on the turntable and was blown away by the first cut,"hangover",so i listened to the whole thing,and had mixed emotions.i listened again later,then again when a friend came over.
that wa when it started growing on me,never hearing such strange mixes,and (pye dubois) lyrics.
the guitar work was anything but average,the drummer was killing the skins on some of the heavy stuff,and the mellow stuff you really had to understand.
it had just a paper jacket as an insert and not much info.
so a week later i told my father my opinion.he said the reason he asked me was because his station was sponsoring an all day rock event at harbour island in toronto the following weekend and we ,as a family were going.
max was headlining,and took the stage at around 8 pm.
i never saw such a strange looking band in my life....unconventional is an understatement,but when they started playing it was magic.kim mitchell was a long haired teen,and owned his strat.the original drummer was outstanding,as was the bassist,and keyboardist.(names escape me at the present time)
i still have that lp,and take great care of it.
my faves are toronto tontos and lily,but that is not to say the rest of the album doesn't stack up equally.
i have seen max at least 8 times,and the theatrics just kept getting better.
after kim and boys recorded their last album together,and announced their breakup,i was shocked,but kim and his creativity were ready for the next challenge.
years later i was in a rock club and was introduced to a guy,we chatted and he asked me who some of my fave bands were,and through about 10 i mentioned max webster.the guy said really?and proceeded to tell me about how he was kim mitchells roomate,and how kim was ready to quit music if his next album did not do well.whether this is truth or fiction i could not tell you,but i am happy he is still rockin'!!!!!!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VERY COOL HARD BEER ROCK with elements of METAL 28 Feb 2007
By dom r. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
THE COOLEST hard rocking lp released in 75/76.Makes other rock bands of that time and today sound so un-cool and square,and is FAR FAR FAR more better and cooler then anything released by Kim Mitchell's solo material. Hangover,Here Among the Cats,Coming Off the Moon,Only Your Nose Knows and Toronto Tontos are the coolest and heaviest songs on this cd,especially if you turn the bass volume way up for best effect.And may I add that the drumming and symbol playing are so-ultra cool and biker-beer-like....just check out that track Here Among the Cats(and others)to hear what I mean.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three stand out tracks make this album 28 Jan 2013
By R. Svilpa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great debut, with three great tracks and a couple of good ones. "Hangover", "Here Among the Cats" and "Toronto Tontos" are the ones that keep you hooked, with "Lily" being the epic tune to end the album. Much ot the rest of the CD is filler - this is the band that did the mid-west circuit, primarily Southern Ontario and Southern Michigan, back in the early mid 70's. Kim Mitchell's fingerprints are all over the material - while Kim went on to more fame a decade later as a solo artist doing more commercial offerings, his very Zappa'esque guitar style was developed on the Max Webster tunes throwing out tasty legato lead lines that rivaled the speed and style of the big names back in the day. This is a must have for Max fans as the remix/remaster really brings out the drums/bass and gives them a lot more definition and funk - solid CD for anyone's collection.
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