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Maximum High

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00000E1OA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
A Maximum High is a fantasitic effort from the York lads after the rather disappointing Change giver. The album is pleasing for a number of reasons not least the delightful singing tones of Rick Witter, bringing listeners to new levels of dizzy hedonism in "Going for gold" and engaging in melodic harmony in "Out By My Side". With Paul Banks providing accelarating riffs on lead guitar, boredom is not something you will be forced to endure with this album. The bands reputation as second class citizens of the indie world should be put to one side and all illusions dispelled. Shed Seven can happily throw "A Maximum High" in the face of the critics because it is at least absorbing, flowing with high class rock juices and well worth a slot in your CD rack! -Well done lads.
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By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2000
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In my opinion one of the best albums of the nineties. Despite the Sheds critical reputation I think they are a great band, who have produced some classic song, such as 'Ocean Pie', one of my favourite songs of all time. A great album, better than Change Giver, and parallel lines is a classic.
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After their slightly above average and promising debut, Shed Seven released their most popular and engaging album 'A Maximum High' in 1996.

In terms of singles, it could be almost repackaged as a greatest hits album. Five of the songs here all made an impact in the UK charts, the standout 'Going For Gold' was a top ten hit and is easily the band's signature song, 'Getting Better' and 'On Standby' both dented the top 15, and 'Where Have You Been Tonight?' and 'Bully Boy' charted at #23 and #22 respectively. But not only does 'A Maximum High' ride high on hits, the whole album in it's entirety is worth listening to.

'A Maximum High' captures Shed Seven at their peak and comprises fantastic guitar playing, strong vocals from lead singer Rick Witter, complex and interesting lyrics and a full collection of well constructed songs. This is the guys from York's equivalent of Suede's classic album 'Coming Up'. Buy it, and enjoy a solid example of mid-1990s mainstream feel-good rock music.
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This is the more commercially succesful of Shed Sevens albums but most fans will tell you they prefer 'Change Giver' but I think this album just about beats it.

Infinately listenable from start to finish. 'Getting better' is a quality uptempo opener and the album has few low points from then on. 'Where Have You Been Tonight?' is a classic track dripping with style while 'Going for Gold' is one of Shed Seven's best known and most loved tracks.

Album closer Parrallel Lines wraps things up brilliantly, slow building and song writing at a level most people assume Shed Seven never managed.

A brilliant album and essential listening in the build up to their reunion tour.
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This is a top album from "the sheds". It's broad and lasting appeal lies in it's everyman quality. After all, we can all relate to songs about saving electricity (on standby), parking (parallel lines), failed relationships with Henry Kelly (going for gold) and hermaphrodites (ladyman). Ha bloody ha eh. I'm bored at work.
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By dob on 17 Nov. 2011
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good quality cheap price
shed seven at there best a must for any music lover
best album of the nineties
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The best Britpop bands were the guitar bands who carried on the 60s tradition begun by the Byrds.
Shed Seven were about the last of them in the sense of actually having more hit singles than other Britpoppers like the Farm.In this respect they were luckier than the Family Cat.
To my mind the greatest single was LIES-a song worthy of the Cat
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Its simple. forget all the music journo sh1te, this is a high quality album of catchy, well structured, singalong rock.
Along with Echobelly's 'On', this album defines the 90's britpop sound and imho outlives that time by virtue of just being a dman good album.
buy it.
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