Max’s Kansas City 1976 – the compilation spawned by the legendary New York City nightclub – is getting an expanded reissue.
Situated at 213 Park Avenue South, Max’s first opened in the mid-60s as a haven for artists, poets and musicians, including Andy Warhol, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed – it was also the location for the recording of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1972 live album, Live At Max’s Kansas City.
Closing in 1974, it reopened a year later, becoming as integral to the birth of New York punk as CBGB’s, with show’s from the likes of Wayne County, New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith, Ramones, Television, The Fast, The Dictators, Blondie and many more.
Max’s Kansas City 1976 was compiled as a 10-track album by music director Peter Cowley to help promote the club. Now the original album is expanded to 40 tracks across two CDs, with a selection of 25 on the double-vinyl edition. Including many unreleased and rare tracks, it was once again compiled by Cowley, who also adds sleevenotes detailing the album’s history. Further notes and artist biogs by writer, musician and Max’s regular Jim LaLumia complete a 20-page booklet.
Max’s Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond is released through Jungle on 5 May. It’s available to pre-order here.
Full tracklisting on the CD version is as follows….
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Max’s Kansas City
The Fast – Boys Will Be Boys
Harry Toledo – Knots
Cherry Vanilla and her Staten Island Band – Shake Your Ashes
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Cream In My Jeans
The Fast – Wow Pow Bash Crash
Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys – Flip Your Wig
John Collins Band – The Man In Me
Suicide – Rocket USA
The Fast – Kids Just Wanna Dance
Philip Rambow – Night Out
Suicide – Ghost Rider
New York Dolls – Bad Girl
The Stilettos – Pink Stilettos
The Knots – Heartbreaker
The Senders – 6th Street
Jimi Lalumia & the Psychotic Frogs – Death To Disco
The Brats – First Rock Star on the Moon
The Offs – You Fascinate Me
The Terrorists – Riis Park
Roland Alphonso & the Terrorists – Sax Skandal
Von LMO – This Is Pop Rock
Fast Floyd & the Famous Firebirds – Frogs Legs
Cellmates – Everybody Wants
Science – Twisco
BMTs – Clothes & Alchohol
Keiran Liscoe & the Attitude – Hello St. Vincents
Freddy Frogs – Days On Earth
Joy Ryder – Johnny Was A Fireman
Sea Monster – Halloween In Detroit
Ruby & the Rednecks – Ruby From The Wrong Side of Town
Joey Kelly Allstars – Amanda
Philippe Marcade – All Quite Wasted
Jayne County – Max’s Kansas City (reprise)
Iggy Pop – Rock Action
Nico – Saeta
Gang War – These Boots Are Made For Walking
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – M.I.A.
Sid Vicious & The Idols – Take A Chance