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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Max Webster - Live Magnetic Air (1979 canada, excellent prog rock)

The closest me an' the buds ever came to viewing Max in the flesh (until '96's brief reunion tour) was being denied entrance (underage) at one of the band's near final shows at some bar in Nelson, B.C. We obviously missed a legend, a classic, cagey, canny circus act that cut its collective fangs on the cornerstones of technical brilliance, humour, artful restraint when required, and an uncommon attention to detail. 

So it's no surprise that Live Magnetic Air is a well-recorded and well-executed romp through some of Max's celebratory anthems, a veritable love-in of sound and galactic obtusion, a record demonstrating demonstrably a deft kid-gloving of heavy and light through the free 'n' easy juxtaposition of all the delicate hits with about a third of the band's acerbic noiseniks. I look into my crystal ball and pronounce that Max Webster will forever find a welcome home on Canadian classic rock airwaves, the band's sparkling arch-Canuck observations possessing the ability to reveal new hopeful possibilities for advancing waves of generations inexorably drawn to the fringes.
by Martin Popoff

1. America's Veins (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 4:09
2. Paradise Skies (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 3:34
3. In Context Of The Moon (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 5:20
4. Night Flights (Terry Watkinson, P. Dubois) - 3:20
5. Lip Service (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 4:14
6. Sarniatown Reggae (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 1:25
7. Here Among The Cats (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 3:48
8. Gravity (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 4:47
9. Waterline (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 4:30
10.Charmonium (Watkinson) - 4:37
11.Hangover (K. Mitchell, P. Dubois) - 5:41

Max Webster
*Kim Mitchell - Guitars, Vocals
*Gary McCracken - Drums, Percussion
*Dave Myles - Bass Guitar
*Terry Watkinson - Keyboards, Vocals

1976  Max Webster
1977  High Class In Borrowed Shoes
1978  Mutiny Up My Sleeve
1979  A Million Vacations

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