Max Webster

Mon
10
Dec

Rock Candy Records Latest - ALPHA CENTAURI, MAX WEBSTER, THE SCREAM

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Rock Candy Records announce 3 news titles - all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
ALPHA CENTAURI 'S/T' CANDY408
 
AS HIGHLY RATED collectibles go the Alpha Centauri album has to be one of the most coveted records of all time. It’s an album that spent years lurking in the shadows, heard by few but lauded quite rightly as a masterpiece of 70s rock, embroidered with the all the moves and grooves of the great headlining acts of the day. Compared favourably to such heavy hitters as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Styx, Angel and Head East, the band’s style was a formidable blast of pompous energy but not, it must be said, a carbon copy or pastiche. This was a unit that knew how to play and also how to write serious material.
 
Originally thought to have originated from Canada, it came as something of a surprise to eventually find out that they were formed and mainly based in Colorado, but had moved to Winnipeg for a while to expand their horizons and record an album. Represented by an expat British manager, they planned to issue the record for promotion (it’s thought that 300 copies were pressed at the time) using it to attract major label interest. However, despite concerted efforts and a professionally filmed half hour live-in-concert appearance for Canadian TV, it all failed to achieve the desired attention.
 
Issued in 1977, on the band’s own Salt Records label, the album is a masterclass in heavy pomp rock, showcasing a band who could not only write catchy melodies but also imbue them with the sort of stunning arrangements normally associated with far more successful groups. Tracks such as ‘Hard Life’, ‘Love Is A Curse’ and ‘One Night At A Time’ benefit enormously from stellar instrumental dog fights. In particular, the guitar playing of Jess Redmon is off the chart, drawing accurate comparisons to Ritchie Blackmore and Tommy Bolin.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet – 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with unpublished photos and new band interview.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HARD LIFE 2. ONE NIGHT AT A TIME 3. I’M A REBEL 4. EARTH IN MOTION 5. LOVE IS A CURSE 6. YOU SHOT ME DOWN 7. LOVE ONLY YOU 8. MAKE IT AT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
 
 
MAX WEBSTER 'A MILLION VACATIONS' CANDY393
 
WHEN IT COMES to capturing the imagination and interest of progressive rock fans then Max Webster must surely be one of the successful. Once you get your head around the fact that they weren’t actually named after a real person, so no one in the band was actually called Max Webster, then suddenly all the weirdness becomes acceptable and endearing. It’s amazing to think that at one point the band actually grazed the UK singles chart and appeared on Top Of The Pops, the bastion of British light entertainment.
 
This was Max Webster’s fourth album, their most commercially palatable album by a country mile, and it’s one that secured them not only a Platinum record in Canada, with three hit singles, but also opened up the international market when they supported Rush on their 1979 ‘Hemispheres’ European tour. The album, in keeping with their quirky unconventional approach, was helmed not by a record producer who was a TV advertising executive and jingle writer. It was actually a smart move as the record not only celebrated their progressive rock roots but also showcased a determined ambition to widen their appeal to a broader market.
 
Recorded in their native Canada, at Phase One Studios, Ontario, the album contains a number of key tracks; including ‘Let Go The Line’, ‘Night Flights’ and the title track. Best of all though is ‘Paradise Skies’, a triumphant and hugely captivating composition that nearly, but not quite, secured them an international hit. It’s also a record that captured some of band leader Kim Mitchell’s most fluent and impressive guitar solos.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet – 4,000 word essay, enhanced artwork with and interview quotes.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. PARADISE SKIES 2. CHARMONIUM 3. NIGHT FLIGHTS 4. SUN VOICES 5. MOON VOICES 6. A MILLION VACATIONS 7. LOOK OUT 8. LET GO THE LINE 9. RASCAL HOUDI 10. RESEARCH (AT BEACH RESORTS)
 
 
THE SCREAM 'LET IT SCREAM' CANDY384
 
THERE ARE TIMES here at Rock Candy HQ when our jaws hit the deck and much scratching of heads ensues. This was exactly what happened when we reacquainted ourselves with The Scream’s solitary album, a record that flew under the radar when it was first released, but has subsequently become one of the most respected and revered releases from the early 90’s. It represented a high point for blistering blues-based hard rock. But as we know, grunge engulfed them and others but at least they didn’t go down without a fight.
 
‘Let It Scream’ was recorded in LA. It was the product of an experienced line up that featured former members of Racer X and Americade, fronted by former Angora singer John Corabi. The band attracted the interest of a few labels and eventually signed with the newly-formed Hollywood label (funded by Disney). Produced by industry legend Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Fastway) and originally issued in 1991, the album is a riot of riffs and thrills, with Corabi surrounded by the sort of thunderous mayhem that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Aerosmith, Cinderella or Skid Row record.
 
Although the album failed to sell well it did turn heads, not least of all Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe who, the very day that Vince Neil had left the band, placed a fateful call to Corabi encouraging him to audition as his replacement. Not unexpectedly he accepted the offer, leaving behind an impressive legacy before moving on to other projects, and eventually joining the Dead Daisies.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet – 4,500 word essay, enhanced artwork with and new interview.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. OUTLAW 2. I BELIEVE IN ME 3. MAN IN THE MOON 4. FATHER, MOTHER, SON 5. GIVE IT UP 6. NEVER LOVED HER ANYWAY 7. TELL ME WHY 8. LOVES GOT A HOLD ON ME 9. I DON’T CARE 10. EVERY INCH A WOMAN 11. YOU ARE ALL I NEED 12. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 13. YOUNG AND DUMB BONUS TRACKS (LIVE 1992) 14. OUTLAW  15. GIVE IT UP 16. I BELIEVE IN ME 17. FATHER, MOTHER, SON 18. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 19. LICK AND A PROMISE
 
Tue
12
Aug

Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative MAX WEBSTER

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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Live Magnetic Air: The Unlikely Saga of the Superlative Max Webster
 

Guys, a few opening words. Whatcha get is 260 pages and over 100,000 words-plus loads of pictures... live, studio, ads, memorabilia, sleeves-on a band you may not know and love... yet! They only made five studio albums and a live album, all between 1976 and 1980, but they are indeed, my #1 top fave rave rock 'n' roll unit of all time.
 
You've heard me say that in radio interviews over the year and  you've seen it in print. Sure, occasionally I tucked a few together, including ZZ Top, Deep Purple, BOC, Gillan... but Max Webster is always in that list of five and depending on the day, get the most props.
 
For those soon to see the light... best description I can give is 92% Blue Oyster Cult crossed with Cheap Trick, topped by 4% Kansas and another 4% Zappa.
 

 So... you wanna learn something, step up. It's a short print run, a financial risk, all of that, but it's Canuck history and I'm proud to tell it, along with the blessings of the guys in the band. So yeah, back cover sez...
 

Dubious, unlikely, improbable...
 
...but indeed verifiable and certifiable! The book now buzzing in your privileged hands is in fact the story of the finest rock 'n' roll band that ever was. Zeppelin, The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Queen, King's X... none can hold an expiring lighter to the conflagration that was the near mythical Max Webster.
 
Consume these pages, and you will learn the secrets'often in the impenetrable code of the band's top-shelf wordsmith Pye Dubois'of the wily Canuck wizards who made the above boast sing with unassailable truth.
 
Toronto Tontos
, Hangover, High Class In Borrowed Shoes, America's Veins, Oh War!, Beyond The Moon, Lip Service, Charmonium, Paradise Skies, A Million Vacations, In The World Of Giants, Battle Scar... these are towering anthems from the band's tight catalogue of five classics spanning the years 1976 to 1980. And so the time has come to re-celebrate and re-calibrate their majesty, along with dozens of other Kim Mitchell classics stuck in cult status... until now?!
 
About the Author
Martin Popoff has penned 47 books on hard rock, heavy metal and record collecting, including two on Max Webster's good buddies Rush. He was Editor In Chief of Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, Canada's foremost metal publication (now bravewords.com) for 14 years, and has also contributed to Revolver, Guitar World, Goldmine and Record Collector. Martin is currently consultant on the Banger Films series Rock Icons, having also worked on the company's award-winning documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage and on Metal Evolution, an 11 episode documentary series for VH1 Classic. Martin currently resides in Toronto and can be reached through martinpopoff.com.
 
Prices for Live Magnetic Air including shipping:
US orders: $35.00 US funds
Int'l orders (all books go air): $43.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $37.00 Cdn. funds
 
PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you'd like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to
martinp@inforamp.net
 
Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything'long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once.
 
Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
Martin Popoff
P.O. Box
65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2
 
Email me at
martinp@inforamp.net with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Max Webster won't be there for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).

 
See www.martinpopoff.com for info on my 45 books.
Newest are:
Smokin' Valves: A Headbanger's Guide to 900 NWOBHM Records
2 Minutes To Midnight: An Iron Maiden Day-By-Day
Scorpions: Top Of The Bill

 
Martin Popoff, PO Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4K 2Z2

 
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