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Mutiny Up My Sleeve [Original recording remastered, Import]

Max WebsterAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: ROCK CANDY
  • ASIN: B007HFHAH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,193 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

They were quite possibly the craziest band to have ever emerged from Canada. So crazy, in fact, that they opted to craft some of the most perplexing music whilst laughing directly in the face of commercial success. This was Max Webster, one of the most audacious and, by contrast, respected rock bands that exploded out of the Canadian scene during a time when music was less about mass marketing and more about making a statement that resonated with die-hard devotees.
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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I must disagree with my fellow reviewer who finds MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE worth only one star, and compares it unfavorably to the sounds (I hesitate to call such grindingly unmelodic noise 'music') of 80s and 90s thrash-metal. The Canadian group Max Webster's followup to their excellent HIGH CLASS IN BORROWED SHOES is a superb collection of melodically and harmonically sophisticated rock music--as competently written, arranged, and played as anything by Yes in their classical-rock heydey, but without the arty pretensions and rambling. Rarely are radio-friendly rock songs this sophisticated (an observation that is also true of Steely Dan and very few others.) The interplay between band members is tremendous--instrumentally adventurous without detracting from the focus on well-structured melody and harmony. Listen to "Astonish Me", "Waterline", and "Lip Service" for proof. Kim Mitchell--who went on to become one of Canada's most successful domestic guitar-hero rock stars--contributes absolutely superb, accessible guitar lines that remind me of Larry Carlton's work with Steely Dan: elegant, powerful melodies and arpeggios rendered with taste, technique, and a jazzy knowledge of chord extensions and upper intervals. Not just the warp-speed noodling that currently passes for virtuosity in contemporary 'metal.' Do yourself a favor and try this great Canadian band at the height of its late-70s powers. Also recommended: HIGH CLASS IN BORROWED SHOES, and A MILLION VACATIONS. Great stuff, I promise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let This Album Become Your Fool August 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There is only one problem with Mutiny Up My ends. This is an album that speaks volumes considering the foul sounds that were being produced on the canadian music market; not to mention the american market. On this album, 4 musicians and one brililant lyricist came together to create possibly the greatest album to come out of Canada of all time. This album from start to finish never fails to amaze, rock and just simply blow away! I would like to say this album is flawless, but that would be an understatement. This album is flawnone.
From the opening of Lip Service, "Max" shows that they know how to write a riff and it is possibly one of the best examples on this album to show that "Max" know how to write a song. The transitions, and there are many, are smooth and just plain brilliant. Most of these riffs are contradictory, but Max work them in a way which is almost laughable. One has to laugh at the fact that Rush have tried and tried to do what Max has done and failed every time. From here we are brought to the first Watkinson piece which has the prgressive romanticism that is always found on his songs. Not to mention the incredible soloing on Mitchell's part. On this song the listener gets a sense of a band who know exactly what they are all thinking and how they can put that connection into their writing.
The second Watkinson piece, which is by far the weak link on the album, has its moments during the last 1:30 of this song. This piece is the proverbial broken nail, on an otherwise prefect body.
From the first heavier songs, they slow it down with a sad "Water Me Down" on which the great production of this album is noticeable with a beautifully sounding piano and guitar; not to mention Mitchell's voice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a rich meal for the ears... July 24, 2003
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not as polished as "A Million Vacations", yet more sophisticated than "High Class In Borrowed Shoes", Max came up with something special here. There's some hot rockers and slow ballads, but dynamics abound. There's a very special vibe in songs like "Distressed" and "Hawaii" that is hard to explain. "The Party" adds the wacky trademark, of course. "Beyond The Moon" is a grand finale (eh Geddy?) indeed. Nice and hearty rock'n'roll for those of us who crave just a little bit more from our music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only your right hand knows you're left handed! April 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is was of the best albums of the 70's simply due to the fact that it is very much of it's time and that's a good thing. Coming right after the heels (no pun intended) of Max's best album "High Class in Borrowed Shoes" "Mutiny.." isn't as coherent as "High Class" but it is an absolute masterpiece on its own. Plus the 2nd half of this album is flawless! And it contains 1978's greatest song "Beyond the moon". Another classic from Canada's greatest band and a true commentary on the 70's Canadian Style... Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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While "High Class in Borrowed Shoes" is a great album start to finish, this one is not quite as good. Starts off pretty promising with "Lip Service" - lyrics are much more cynical and mocking than earlier material on this one. "Astonish Me" is another fine track, the piano intro really throws the listener off expecting a nice ballad, then breaks into a completely different groove as the Max Machine channels Frank Zappa into something entirely different. Where I feel the CD loses track is on "Let Your Man Fly" and "Water Me Down" - I just never really got into either track, the CD could have omitted them and probably would be better for it. "Distressed" brings the CD back up with some really great guitar lines and cool groove mixing some more progressive drop measures in to twist and turn things up. "The Party" has always been a favorite track of mine - the crowd shouted intro, the crazy ass modulations and meter changes, and of course the lyrics being really mocking and clever, this is a true classic of Sarniatown excess. "Waterline" is much more mainstream blues based, but so groovy with Terry's unique choice of keyboard sound it maintains the Max "off the beaten path" sensibility. Finally - "Hawaii" with the mash up of Japanese melody motif mixed with the cocktail mixing and chimey keyboard pad, sets up a true Zappa vibe with the disparate ingredients making for a very cool instrumental that is quite different from the "balls to the wall" fireworks, but still shows off great musicianship all around. Which leads to the crescendo of the album - "Beyond the Moon". Starting with some nifty bouzouki riffs that really shred, then jumps abruptly into the full band being Max. Great song, great album that only has the two warts detracting from a classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Max's Mutiny...Better Than Ever!!!!
Just got in the new Rock Candy version of one of my favorite Max Webster albums and I'm loving it. I was a little skeptical with buying this album again as the Anthem version that... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Rkbluez
5.0 out of 5 stars More Greatness
This would be a review of the Rock Candy remaster of Max Websters Mutiny Up My Sleeve on compact disc. Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Miles
Ok about 5 of the songs, Lip Service, Let Your Man Fly, Waterline, The Party(this song is heavy) and Beyond the Moon sounds VERY COOL, the way the cool guitars,drumming and loud... Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by dom r.
4.0 out of 5 stars max shines all the time
there are many bands who put out a few amazing albums and then due to internal conflict,creative differences,self doubt,solo career ideals,and so on you are left with wanting... Read more
Published on June 3, 2009 by Mark Russo
5.0 out of 5 stars "MAX" at their best!
December 31 1977 Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. One of the greatest Rock concerts I've ever attended. Read more
Published on February 27, 2005 by Scott D. Mabee
3.0 out of 5 stars MAX WEBSTER get even wierder....
I give Max Webster's first album 5 stars, HIGH CLASS IN BORROWED SHOES 4 stars and this album probably 3 stars. Read more
Published on May 6, 2002 by R. Recchia
1.0 out of 5 stars Comically Awful
Man...I can't believe how unlistenable this album is! I love the whole hard rock/metal genre, and I picked this up after reading Martin Popoff's review in his INDISPENSABLE... Read more
Published on September 29, 2000 by Gimme Shelter
5.0 out of 5 stars Party Album Extradonaire
This is one of the classics. "Astonish me" is still one of my all time favorite hard "love songs". Its powerful chords stay with you. Read more
Published on March 26, 2000 by Ray Crazy (Canuck)
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