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MAX WEBSTER 'HIGH CLASS IN BORROWED SHOES' CANDY107

MAX WEBSTER's second album ‘High Class In Borrowed Shoes’, originally released in 1977, is regarded as their pinnacle accomplishment. It is a record of unique appeal, bringing together both the sublime and the outrageous in one bubbling cauldron. Leader Kim Mitchell’s laconic vocals, biting lead guitar work and crushing riffs make for some of the most compelling and enjoyable music to have ever been birthed by a North American rock group – including the work of fellow Canadian über progmen Rush. Produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Klaatu) with pin-point accuracy, ‘High Class...’ is very much a product of art over commerce, featuring extravagant progressive arrangements and some of what would become their greatest in-concert favourites, including ‘Diamonds Diamonds’, ‘Gravity’, ‘America’s Veins’ , ‘In Context Of The Moon’ and, of course, the magnificent title track itself. These are songs filled with incomparable creativity and an artistic depth that will have you coming back again and again. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album with Kim Mitchell and previously unpublished photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. High Class In Borrowed Shoes 2. Diamonds Diamonds 3. Gravity 4. Words To Words 5. America’s Veins 6. Oh War! 7. On The Road  8. Rain Child  9. In Context Of The Moon
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MAX WEBSTER 'MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE' CANDY108

'MUTINY UP My Sleeve, originally released in 1979 and partly produced by Terry Brown (Rush), was Max Webster’s third album and once again it showcased the band in particularly nimble form; the progressive arrangements dovetail neatly, with hard hitting riffs and much spectacular lead guitar work. Lyrically the emphasis is on strange yet compelling tales with no beginning and, by turn, no end to their madness. There are a bunch of classic MW tracks to be found on this album, including the full throttle prog of  both ‘The Party’ and ‘Lip Service’, the mellow ‘Astonish Me’ and the jewel in the crown impact of ‘Waterline’. However, if you really want to experience Max Webster basking in the full glow of perfection then look no further than ‘Beyond The Moon’, a magnificent progressive rock mash-up that will haunt you forever. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album with Kim Mitchell and previously unpublished photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Lip Service 2. Astonish Me 3. Let Your Man Fly 4. Water Me Down 5. Distressed 6. The Party 7. Waterline  8. Hawaii 9. Beyond The Moon
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MAX WEBSTER 'S/T' CANDY106

CERTAINLY MAX Webster was no ordinary band. The fact that their name was an entirely fictional non de plume was just part of the conundrum. An electric and eccentric four piece, based in Toronto, and led by the ever entertaining Kim Mitchell, MW maximised their curious non conventional appeal by crafting melodic progressive rock with a nod to the left-of-centre approach pioneered by King Crimson, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Genesis. It was a heady mixture for sure but one that paid long lasting dividends. Discovered and signed to Rush’s management company (SRO), the band’s debut album, originally issued in 1976 and helmed by Rush producer Terry Brown, was funded and issued by Taurus, SRO’s in house production company. The album is a sublime and incredibly captivating work, with as many twists and turns as quirky hooks and riffs can possibly allow. Standout tracks include ‘Hangover’, ‘Here Among The Cats’, ‘Only Your Nose Knows’, and the truly baffling yet utterly compelling ‘Toronto Tontos’. A truly astounding work” 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album with Kim Mitchell and previously unpublished photos spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Hangover 2. Here Among The Cats 3. Blowing The Blues Away 4. Summer Turning Blue 5. Toronto Tontos 6. Coming Off The Moon 7. Only Your Nose Knows 8. Summer’s Up 9. Lily
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Melidian 'Lost In The Wild' CANDY084

THE LONE Melidian album ‘Lost In The Wild’, originally released on CBS in 1989, was truly a peach of an album, yet it was one of those sadly lost amidst the throng of half baked records desperately vying for a slice of a market that was about to be engulfed by back-to-basics grunge and irritating college rock. Perhaps Melidian’s educated musical roots were to blame – their sound was a triumphant mix of pompish keyboard driven AOR and muscular riffs, laced with razor sharp guitar riffs. Imagine a satisfying combination of Survivor, Bad English and Giant for an accurate approximation of their sound and you’ll be half way to paradise. Time now to reappraise a most satisfying, yet largely unheralded, album from this little known New York City five piece. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word essay about the making of the album, interview with band members additional previously unseen photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Ready To Rock 2. Livin’ Under The Gun 3. Fire Up The Heart 4. Sleepless Nights 5. Hands Off 6. Lost In The Wild 7. Overheated 8. Top Of The Rock 9. Broken Toys
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Money 'First Investment' CANDY029

The music business is littered with those that should have, could have and would have made it. For Midlands based band Money, the story was a familiar one; a highly talented unit, formed amidst a musical climate that was more concerned with punk and new wave than hard rock yet still managing to earn plaudits and praise despite their ill-timed presence. And then, just when the tide appeared to be turning in favour of heavy rock via the emergence of the NWOBHM, championed by Sounds magazine’s Geoff Barton, Money were perceived as a band riding the coat tails of the movement rather than taking a place on its frontline. Sadly, they fell between two stools, a position which they never quite managed to improve, forever dubbed as NWOBHM nearly men.   Despite this lack of good fortune the band did however attract the attention of UK independent label Gull Records, home at the time to none other than Judas Priest, who astutely paired them with fast rising production maestro Chris Tsangarides, a man who would later go on to work with Priest, Gary Moore, Y&T and Ozzy Osbourne. ‘First Investment’ was uniformly praised by fans and critics for being a brave, forward thinking work encompassing a variety of influences (Led Zeppelin, Queen and Sparks have been rightly mentioned) that should have catapulted them to major acclaim. Sadly, despite a ground swell of grass roots support, a lack of major management, no agent and few touring opportunities meant that the band were always playing catch up rather than leading the charge. However, their lack of commercial success has failed to dim the bands brief but bright appearance on record with ‘First Investment’ consistently hailed as a hidden British hard rock classic. Truly, one of the era’s most highly regarded obscurities. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a super 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 'Mari-Anna', 'Leo The Jester', '(Aren’t We All) Searching', 'Geneva', 'Cosmic Lullaby', 'Opening Night', 'Finale', 'Statements And Demands', 'Remembering (MGO)', 'Goddess'. Bonus Track: 'Where Have All The Dancers Gone?'
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Montrose 'S/T' CANDY062

THE DEBUT Montrose album is universally regarded as one of, if not the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Released in late 1973, it introduced both a sound and a swagger that single-handedly dragged heavy rock kicking and screaming from its turgid proto-metal roots into a modern streamlined era, opening up a brave new world of possibilities. It was the sound of a mould being smashed to smithereens and the birth of a new epoch; a sound that Van Halen would co-opt for their own earth shattering debut four years later. For guitarist Ronnie Montrose and frontman Sammy Hagar, this was indeed history in the making. It has been rightfully said that there is not a weak track on this album. Every guitar riff, drum break and ball-squeezing vocal rings out with a pristine clarity that sounds as astounding now as it did when it was first released. Essential to their monumental sound is the creative axis of Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose, who provide the classic guitar/vocalist foil, in a tradition set by Plant/Page, Jagger/Richards and Tyler/Perry. With Hagar’s immediately identifiable vocals and Montrose’s juggernaut guitar riffs the results are truly mind blowing. It is an album full of classic hard rock moves. From ‘Rock The Nation’, to ‘Bad Motor Scooter’, through ‘Rock Candy’ (a track so good, in fact, that a record company was named in its honour!) to the truly Herculean ‘Space Station #5’ there is no denying the sheer thermo-nuclear power.  With the emphasis on maximum mayhem we ask only that no prisoners be taken. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, full involvement by the band, rare photos, all spread out over a superb 16 page full colour booklet. Track Listing: 1. Rock The Nation 2. Bad Motor Scooter 3. Space Station #5 4. I Don’t Want It 5. Good Rockin’ Tonight 6. Rock Candy 7. One Thing On My Mind 8. Make It Last
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MORE 'Blood & Thunder' CANDY110

EMERGING AS part of the burgeoning NWOBHM scene and playing every nook and cranny up and down the country, MORE's stock in 1982 was certainly in the ascendance. Album number two was expected to springboard them into the hard rock stratosphere but - as is often the case - things started to go wildly astray. Before long the band had fallen into a state of almost irreversible disrepair, a predicament complicated by internal rancour and managerial shenanigans. Under such circumstances you’d normally expect a somewhat disappointing and ultimately patchy affair. Remarkably, however, nothing could be further from the truth as ‘Blood & Thunder’ is one of the most impressive of all the NWOBHM releases. Built on little more than armour plated perseverance and gargantuan riffs, the sound is utterly uncompromising. Just like the sound of a jet engine preparing for take-off, this is a record is impossible to ignore. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, previously unreleased in Europe, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. TRACK LISTING: 1. KILLER ON THE PROWL 2.  BLOOD AND THUNDER 3. I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE IT 4. I'VE BEEN WAITING 5. TRAITORS GATE 6. ROCK AND ROLL 7. I WANNA TAKE YOU 8. GO HOME 9. THE EYE 10. NIGHTMARE
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MORE 'Warhead' CANDY112

BASED IN London, MORE’s roots actually lay in the very same avenues and alleyways frequented by Iron Maiden. Indeed, vocalist Paul Mario Day had been - alongside Steve Harris - a member of pre Iron Maiden outfit Gypsy’s Kiss. Both went their separate ways, of course, with Day reappearing as front man for MORE, a ball-busting rough and tumble five piece with a volatile two guitar line-up laying waste to a bunch of catchy hooks. Signed to Atlantic Records, Warhead was originally issued in 1981 and produced by none other than Henry ‘H-Bomb’ Weck, leader of seventies cult US hard rock combo Brownsville Station (‘Smokin’ In The Boys Room’), the album features a fine selection of tracks primarily designed to bludgeon the listener into boot-licking compliance. Fortunately it’s a game they won hands down. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, includes bonus track, 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, band involvement and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet. TRACK LISTING: 1. WARHEAD  2. FIRE  3. SOLDIER  4. DEPRESSION  5. ROAD ROCKET  6. LORD OF TWILIGHT  7. WAY OF THE WORLD  8. WE ARE THE BAND  9. I HAVE NO ANSWERS  BONUS TRACK: 10.  ATOMIC ROCK
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Mother's Finest 'S/T' CANDY032

Arguably the greatest asset of the seventies was its ability to nurture a kaleidoscope of sounds and styles many of which would eventually collide and mutate into a number of spin-off genres. The emergence of funk-rock was a major diversion during these years with acts like Sly & The Family Stone, Earth Wind & Fire and the Isley Brothers lacing urban funk with elements of rock. Make that H.E.A.V.Y rock. Mother’s Finest, a multi racial unit, originated from Macon, Georgia during the early seventies and learned their trade playing the same clubs and concert halls as their ‘white’ southern rock counterparts. In many respects it was baptism by fire but the bands impressive ability to connect with audiences won them a respect that few could ignore. ‘Discovered’ by renowned hard rock producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Motley Crue) who signed them to Epic Records and fronted by the amazing Joyce ‘Baby Jean’ Kennedy, Mother’s Finest delivered in 1976 one of the eras most astounding albums. Fusing gritty funk with an explosive hard rock underbelly, the band was instantly praised as a welcome amalgam of Led Zeppelin and Sly & The Family Stone.   With guitar hero Moses Mo unleashing some of the heaviest riffs laid to tape, the album became a critic’s favourite allowing the band to hit the road in a firestorm of power and passion supporting just about every major act of the day including Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, the Who, AC/DC and Lynyrd Skynyrd to name just a few. 24-bit remastering from original source tapes, 2 bonus tracks, 4,000 word story of the making of the album, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a super 16 page full colour booklet. Track List: 'Fire', 'Give You All The Love (Inside Of Me), 'Niggizz Can’t Sang Rock & Roll', 'My Baby', 'Fly With Me (Feel The Love)', 'Dontcha Wanna Love Me', 'Rain'. Bonus Tracks: 'My Baby' (Live, Europe 1979), 'Rain' (Live, Europe 1979).
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