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Max Webster


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4 stars A great start for Max Webster. Features the oddball classic _Toronto Tontos_. How to describe it? Hmmm...The Little Rascals' _International Silver String Submarine Band_(google it) gone electric and embracing the infamous actor from Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES as the vocalist. I'm talking about the actor with the one line: BADGES? WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN' BADGES! Yes, that is _Toronto Tontos_. Also features the annoying _Hangover_. Distorted guitars throughout and lyrics about having a massive hangover and waking up the drunk tank. What a great way to start an album. ;-) 2 aspirin, please.

Best tracks are the two about summer, _Summer's Up_ and _Summer Turning Blue_ giving everyone that late-July/early-August feeling most northern folk know about. Nothing heavy, just great songwriting. Only the band Max Webster can write tracks like this. Very much in the same way Caravan and Wigwam can wite amazing rock/pop. The track _Lily_ shows the Max-machine stretching out with some fine keyboarding by Terry Watkinson - approaching rock/jazz fusion territory much like Germany's Passport (no sax, though) or Steely Dan's ROYAL SCAM. _Here Among The Cats_ would please the hard rock fan, and _Only Your Nose Knows_ would please the lyrically astute. Recommended, but not the starter for anyone with virgin ears to Max Webster. The first is their most bizarre. Still...a solid 4 stars.

Gooner | 4/5 |


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