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Artist: Maxus

Title: Maxus

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Category: Westcoast AOR

Year: 1981

Label: Warner (Japan)

Catalog Number: :WPCR-2153


Jay Gruska vocals
Robbie Buchanan keyboards
Michael Landau guitar
Mark Leonard bass
Doane Perry drums
Tommy Funderburk additional vocals
Bruce Gaitsch additional guitar
Dalbello assists in songwriting
Micheal Omartian producer


1.  The Higher You Rise  
2.  Nobody's Business  
3.  What You Give  
4.  Keep A Light On   
5.  Your Imagination  
6.  They Danced  
7.  Part Of You  
8.  Don't Try To Stop Me Now   
9.  Where Were You  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TIM Date: March 14, 2004 at 16:21
Aren't these guys originally from Holland or Belgium? Any of you AOR experts recommend this one? It was issued on cd in 1998, but is still fairly tough to get.

From: aorjocke Date: March 15, 2004 at 7:18
As far as I know, they are from US...and I can truly recommend this one to all of you who likes Westcoastrock. Well produced, good singer and overall great musicians.'The Higher You Rise' must be one of the best westcoast songs...EVER!

From: TIM Date: March 15, 2004 at 12:36
Thanks for your reply aorjocke. I'll pick this one up since you recommend it. I still think these guys are from the Netherlands or something like that? Also, thanks to whiplash for the updates on the personnel.

From: aorjocke Date: March 16, 2004 at 8:19
You're welcome TIM! About the country...I'm pretty sure that they are from US...Maybe you're mix up "Maxus" with "The President" from the Netherlands who made an album called "By Appointment Of" who also is a classic Westcoast album? Just try to help you...

From: AOR freaky Date: March 16, 2004 at 8:53
By many seen as a classic, but a bit boring and very overrated and dated. No, can't really recommend this one.

From: Rycheage Date: March 18, 2004 at 23:49
Some examples of their perfect lightweight AOR include the catchy opener 'The Higher You Rise'. On this one you'll get to hear Mike Landau's heavily processed guitar sound, melodic and incisive. 'Nobody's Business' follows suite with a catchy chorus. 'What You Give' is a little off beat with it's quirky chorus not before the late night listening experience of 'Keep A Light On' puts us back on track. 'Your Imagination' has a lot of similarity to Al Jarreau's material, very West Coast sounding.

From: juan carlos Date: January 11, 2008 at 12:14
WestCoastAOR muy bonito y la verdad que los temas son para el disfrute aunque claro está que esto es mas para los que aman este lindo género. "The Higher You Rise" "Nobody's Business", las baladitas "Keep A Light On" y "Part Of You" mis favoritas.. Hay temas ya muy Westcoast para mi gusto como "Where Were You" regular o "Your Imagination" mejor que la anterior. Solos por demas elegantes y buenos a cargo del maestro Landau, todo bien fino y ssssuave, 35 minutos de buen degustar. 8.8/10

From: alec124 Date: August 31, 2010 at 10:37
Maxus are made up of American musicians like (vocalist/keyboardist) Jay Gruska, Guitar Michael Landau and so on (In other words i don't believe any members are with strong european roots). Their only album Maxus has always been highly regarded by it's fair share of westcoast aor fans. The music is expertly played. Both touches of Jazz fusion and harder more rocky stuff like "What You Give" and "The Higher You Rise". Soft ballads like Part Of You are very nice. Overall i would agree it is, if anything, perhaps a touch too highly standing (and priced, until recently!, being long out of print) but certainly a classic and one of the essential cds for westcoast fans. In other words..not really much over-rated for me. A great cd. Worth to be got now it has been re-released at about 30 dollars from Japan dealers in the card sleeve mini-lp style jackets and SHM-CD (super high material cd format, playable on regular players). 8.8/10

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 10, 2010 at 19:54
Alec124 said it all basically!...i was going to write a more or less extended note about this release but... ...well done alec124!..cheers mate!!!..let me go straight into the highlights or the ones i was more connected with..."The Higher You Rise" is an excellent starter,nice yet solid one,pretty indeed,"Nobody's Business" i've always been in love with this track,is my personal fave,"What You Give" is another excellent song,a semi smoothie one,"Keep A Light On" is a beauty,touchy,emotive song,"They Danced" superb!,"Part Of You" another beautiful ballad & "Where Were You" mixes rock,Westcoast & funky bass lines excellently(here you can notice how skilled these musicians are)...get it!.89/100

From: halfordhughes Date: March 25, 2012 at 22:16
very very goood aor!!!worth a listen!

From: chupeaux Date: September 3, 2012 at 18:23
Great, really, great...musicianship from another galaxy...so much quality!!!

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