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MAXIMUM JOY

STATION M.X.J.Y.

1972 RECORDS


Format: LP
Cata No: 197205
Barcode: 852545003851
****UK EXCLUSIVE 500 UNITS ON RED VINYL FIRST RUN/ PREORDERS ONLY
A focal point for the unique punk-funk that was coming
together in Bristol as the bridge from the ’70s to the ’80s
arrived, Maximum Joy was formed by Glaxo Babies
multi-instrumentalist Tony Wrafter and 18 year-old
vocalist Janine Rainforth. Soon they drafted in additional
Glaxo Babies in the form of drummer Charlie Llewellin
and bassist Dan Catsis, along with guitarist John
Waddington, fresh from The Pop Group. The group set
about making a one-of-a-kind mix of funk, punk, pop,
jazz, dub, soul, afrobeat and reggae; creating a brilliant
burst of danceable tunes wrapped around elastic basslines
and complex percussion, punctuated by melodic horns and
stabs of guitar, all of it highlighting Rainforth’s naturally
enthusiastic vocal style. They immediately took their place
on the rosters of influential labels like Y and 99 with iconic
debut single “Stretch”, as the band had clearly captured
something special.
Entering 1982, Kevin Evans had replaced Catsis as
Maximum Joy set out to make what would be their only
full length LP. Recording at Berry Street and The Lodge
with producers Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound legend),
Dave Hunt (the Flying Lizards and This Heat) and Pete
Wooliscroft (Kate Bush, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and
OMD,) the band would mix practiced grooves with
imaginative improvisation. The results were absolutely
jaw-dropping.

Tracks:

1. Dancing On My Boomerang
2. Do It Today
3. Let It Take You There
4. Searching For A Feeling
5. Throw 2
6. Where?s Deke?
7. Temple Bomb Twist
8. Mouse An? Me
9. All Wrapped Up!

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