Mahogany Rush was a Canadian rock band led by guitarist Frank Marino. Formed in Montreal, Quebec in 1970, the band had its peak of popularity in the 1970s, playing venues as large as California Jam II.
The band is perhaps best known for Marino’s soaring lead guitar which bears a strong resemblance to the playing of Jimi Hendrix. Long-term members of the band have included bassist Paul Harwood and drummer Jimmy Ayoub, and Frank’s brother Vince on guitar; Frank Marino is the sole continuous member of the band. Starting in the late 1970s, the group recorded and toured as Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush.
Marino has described the band’s sound as “The Grateful Dead meets jazz”.
In an effort to gain press attention, the original record company created a fictional story that Frank Marino, prior to starting the band, had spent time in a mental institution after taking LSD and was visited by Jimi Hendrix in a vision.
Over time, the band migrated to a larger and more financially supported record company and achieved its greatest radio hit success with the song “Strange Dreams”. (wikipedia)
Maxoom is the 1972 debut studio album by the Canadian rock band Mahogany Rush. It was also the debut of Frank Marino as the band’s producer. (wikipedia)
When “Maxoom” was released, Frank Marino was only 17. He had just finished creating this brilliant psych-blues rock LP that was dedicated to guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. And, by all means, that record is worthy of this dedictaion. Marino is a stunning guitarist who is a wonderful soloist as well. “Madness” and “Magic Man” demonstrate his gritty playing style while “Buddy” seems like an homage to “Little Wing”. There is one thing to keep in mind; due to his young age Frank Marino had not exactly perfected his own songwriting skills. So some lyrics might seem generic at times. That being said, the entire band makes up for this fault. A great musical Canadian relic. (by Greg C.)
“All In Your Mind” makes this debut album worth the price of admission alone….just listen to the riffing on this track, 17 years old and ready to rock into the future.(by Bill O’Leary)
This album was dedicated to Jimi Hendrix … listen and you´ll kow why ….
Enjoy this album !
Jimmy Ayoub (drums, percussion)
Paul Harwood (bass)
Frank Marino (guitars, keyboard, vocals)
Phil Bech (piano on 07.)
Johnny McDiarmid (organ on 10.)
01. Maxoom 2.52
02. Buddy 3.41
03. Magic Man 2.35
04. Funky Woman 3.16
05. Madness 4.50
06. All In Your Mind 3.12
07. Blues 7.05
08. Boardwalk Lady 2.38
09. Back On Home 3.17
10. The New Beginning 1.53
All songs written by Frank Marino