"Maximum Rock & Roll"

By Professor Jocko

With words like retro, throwback & old-school that are so carelessly thrown around these days, it is nice to see that there are some forums that truly embrace its true meaning. I’m not here to say that 77 fits into any of these cliché words, but I have always thought that the bands out there...true rock bands that is... that embrace the true meaning of their roots, could make one hell of an impact on the traditional music scene. Originally hailing from Spain, and now on their third studio album, these guys have a sound that is rooted in the 70’s and are being coined as an AC/DC clone. However, there have been many bands throughout the years that have already paved that road. Groups such as Krokus, Rose Tattoo, Angel City & Airbourne, just to name a few, have cashed in on the Aussie rock n roll sound. There is a true talent here with a vocalist that can actually sing without the use of vocal processors, or not having to scream uncontrollably through every word, and a clean, distinctive guitar sound to support him. However, with an album title called "Maximum Rock & Roll", this quartet of musicians has a lot to live up to.

 I always thought that the overall success of an album has to do with how you arrange the order of the songs; upon first listen you will more than likely remember the first & last track of your newly-purchased record. The first song on this LP is called Maximum Rock n Roll, taken from the title of the album, of course, but perhaps not the best choice of the ten songs to start with in my opinion. Although the song does have an uplifting beat with a steady rock groove, the lyrics seem a little too “cheesy” in some respects. I just feel that with a title like that, the song should reflect those characteristics, and falls a tad short of that kind of excitement. There are a couple of tunes down the line that really seem to embrace the bluesy-type rock that makes this band great in their own respect, such as "Down and Dirty", and one of my personal favorites, "Highway Rebel". Both of these tracks really seem to have more of a grungy rhythm to them that further develops the danceable groove that gets you completely into the song.

The diversity of a band can be measured on several levels, and one of the more creative songs on this album,  "Staying Away From Water", has those attractive qualities which incorporate traditional guitar riffs, with a steady vocal groove that sets the song aside from previous tracks. This is also followed up by "You Bored Me",  which is just a little heavier where bass and guitars are's one of the deeper tracks of the album. These later songs are also where you will notice more resemblance to Bon Scott; both with the tone and vocal style. The choppy guitar riffs also lend heavily to this effect, mainly with the leads, having only one guitarist compared to the Brothers Young. In retrospect, the entire album does have some typical elements, but there is also an overall impressive talent that can rival what’s out there today with an uplifting sound that is sure to enthuse any traditional rock fan.