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The Max – Shadows In The Shade [1989]

themax-shadowsintheshadeHailing from an unusual US state for rock music, the Livingston, Montana based trio The Max was founded by brothers Kyle & John Brenner in the mid-Eighties. The group is still active playing basically covers in clubs and weddings, but between ’88/’92 they faced crowds as large as 80,000 opening for major acts such as Styx, REO Speedwagon or The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

In 1989 The Max released their first album “Shadows In The Shade” via a small Canadian label. There’s not much info in the CD booklet but the band managed to obtain a superb sound from their own written tracks. Seriously, the production is on par with any of the big-budget from the era. The Max plays here a very nice collection of lovely AOR / Melodic Rock tunes with a radio commercial approach, sometimes poppy, sometimes rockier, including a couple of ballads. The best track for me is the pure AOR title track “Shadows In The Shade”, complete with lots of synths, a strong guitar riff and a cool chorus. But the rest of the songs offer high quality melodies in the vein of The Outfield, 8084, Glass Tiger or Fahrenheit, with really good vocals and musicianship.

“Shadows In The Shade” is a pleasant listen from start to finish, with fine songs and excellent production. The album was re-issued not so long ago by a retro label but on a cheap CD-R. This a high quality rip done by my friend totalaor (I miss you man) from the original CD press, including artwork. Very Rare. Recommended music.

Band Members
Kyle Brenner – Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards
Eddie White – Bass, Vocals
John Brenner – Drums, Keyboards, Vocals

01. You’re Sorry
02. Western World
03. Shadows In The Shade
04. Hardly Walking
05. Got What I Wanted
06. The Only Thing
07. Shake The Chill
08. Where Pride Runs Deep
09. Hand In Hand

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