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Album Review

Max Webster was an unusual beast as bands go. They seemed to try for a sound that bordered on anthemic arena rock and progressive rock. However, the textures of the music made it feel like they just barely missed. The group had a sound that was quite quirky and off-kilter, while still trying for those more accessible rock sounds. This disc, their debut, certainly shows off all of those textures. The material ranges from hard-edged straightforward metal to rock ballads and fun, almost punky, territory. The final track on the album, "Lily," is an extended progressive rock jam that is the strongest piece on the disc. That cut seems to embody sounds of such groups as Yes and Rush, but still with a touch of Max Webster's weirdness. If you are looking for an intriguing take on the arena rock/prog territory, give these guys a chance, but remember that their sound is definitely on the quirky side.

Customer Reviews

Squareheads hoser

Better than minorities
Movin in next door to
Me in Sarnia and bummin my export, phukd'hat! Like I said their best album by far, betterd'nz RUSHESES first.( born near the Pickering stacks
can-doo. .cheers mates!

First Max Album

Don't think this album's it's as 'out-there' as the official review might indicate. Hangover is a lot of fun, and was an anthem for us when we were growing up in Eastern Ontario in the 70's.Blowing the Blues Away and Summer's Up are both great summer songs. Toronto Tontos is definitely strange, but lots of fun. All of it reasonaby accessible. I'm surprised what he says about 'Lily' because I don't recall this one at all from the album. If you want even better though, download the second album, High Class in Borrowed Shoes.

No Fire On Me

You need to hear this music. I still have the 8-track cartridge of this. It still works even after zillions of plays of Toronto Tontos and Here Among The Cats.
Summer Turning Blue is a pretty neat little tune and Hangover is not, but it is an important work nonetheless. All over the map and way far off the edges with this Max Webster album. Still underated after all these years. Wonderful album.


Formed: 1973 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Toronto's Max Webster blended metal, prog, and rock elements into a genre-defying blend that won the group a cult following in the mid- to late '70s. Formed in 1973, the band's sound focused on the contrast between vocalist/guitarist Kim Mitchell's aggressive attack and vocalist/keyboardist Terry Watkinson's more melodic approach, with drummer Gary McCracken and bassist Mike Tilka providing a propulsive backdrop. Additional lyricist Pye Dubois was considered the band's fifth member, adding extra...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 1975

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