Let's talk about a classic, yet highly underrated band.
Toronto's Max Webster, to be exact.
Formed in 1973 by guitarist/vocalist/composer, Kim Mitchell,
'Max' was an awesomely talented assemblage of musicians,
dedicated not only to the creation of timeless music, but
also to its league of diehard, battle hardened fans
who followed Kim and his merry cohorts
anywhere...... and everywhere.
I know. I, myself was one of those fanatic fans.
I had the pleasure of seeing the initial Max Webster lineup,
including Mitchell, bassist Mike Tilka, gifted keyboardist,
Terry Watkinson and future bandmate, Paul Kersey on
drums. Having arrived in Toronto just after Max's
formation, and being perpetually out of work,
I tried to catch as many of their shows as
possible. Whether they were at Larry's
Hideaway, The Gasworks, The Knob
Hill or The Piccadilly Tube (all long
since shut down and relegated to
the dust of my memory banks),
Max Webster truly were a
fearless and fearsome
band to behold.
Especially for a twenty year old kid from Castlegar.
Here's "Lily", a scintillating standout track from their
debut album. Featuring words by band lyricist,
Pye Dubois, "Lily" still sounds to me like a
ballad that's been mashed up with a
progressive rock rhythm section,
yielding a sound that is at
once pervasive, evasive
and - iconically -
Prior to playing the song, have a gander at a late 70s
photo I found of Kim, pointing the way....
Mozz the Elder