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Order Sounds of Tomorrow...Today!
The Sounds of Tomorrow! Max Crook and Scott Ludwig are geniuses of the homegrown electroni
keyboard and sound boards, today simply labeled synths. They came to prominence backing Del Shannon
in the early 1960's when Max Crook and Del Shannon together wrote the singers first demos,
including Runaway. A prominent feature in the backing on the recording is Crook's Musitron,
an embryonic synth of his invention, and it featured again in the follow ups to Shannon's worldwide
#1 hit. Following this Crook (who also released singles under his own steam as Maximillian)
and Ludwig, drummer and player of another invention the Sonicon, intermittently recorded their own
material and even took it on the road. An incongruous sight, two very square looking guys
appearing in supper clubs and High School auditoriums, dressed in sparkling silver jackets,
surrounded by the Musitron, Sonicon and later one of the first Moogs.



Available Now from RPM Records! Click here!

Track Listing

1. Runaway
2. Overnite Run
3. Diamond
4. Space Child
5. Hero
6. Punk Walk
7. Firefighters Theme
8. Future
9. Our Electronic Bag
10. Beeswax
11. Pulse Rate
12. Explanations & Demostrations (Live) (Bonus Track)
13. Summertime/House Of The Rising Sun (Live) (Bonus Track)





"Max-imum Christmas" is the result of a volume of requests for a serving of Max's music Holiday style! Traditional
arrangements? Not hardly! Max's unique style and creativity lifts every one of these Christmas carols out of their traditional beds.
Not just skillfully done, but very entertaining as well.

Max, who was ranked the #1 keyboardist among the world's pop artists in 1961,
used electronic keyboards,modules, and multi-track recording
techniques to produce this album in his home studio in New Mexico.
Max plays all of the instruments on the album himself. Treat yourself this Christmas to
music that will lift your spirits as you spend time with your family and loved ones.


Available Now direct from Max Crook! Click
here to contact Max by email,
or mail $15.00 to his address on the "Contact" page for the album.
Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Track Listing

1. Deck The Halls
2. O Holy Night
3. Joy To The World/What Child Is This?/We Three Kings/Angels We Have Heard On High (Medley)
4. O Come All Ye Faithful
5. Jingle Bells
6. O Little Town of Bethlehem
7. O Christmas Tree Boogie
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/The First Noel/Silent Night (Medley)



Maximilian CD


Max Crook's "Maximilian" album is a collection of Max's early Rock-n-Roll instrumentals
from the late 50's and early-to-mid 60's. Included are the initial workings of "Runaway" and
"Hats Off To Larry" in demo format, along with Max's BigTop and Twirl Records sides
including: "The Snake", "The Wanderer", "The Breeze and I / Theme To Peter Gunn"
"The Twistin' Ghost", "Greyhound", and "Autumn Mood." Also includes the previously
unreleased BigTop recording of "Blue Fire" plus Max's own "Mr. Lonely," a song
written for "Johnny and the Hurricanes." As a special bonus, included on this CD
is an unreleased Del Shannon / Max Crook composition titled "The Last Ride,"
exclusive to this disc only!!! 25 tracks in all, this CD can be instrumentally yours!

Order "Maximilian" on CD today!
CD: $15.00
(Please add $5.00 shipping USA or Overseas)

Max-imum Ragtime Album


Max Crook's "Max-imum Ragtime" album is the result of a volume of requests
for a serving of his music from those who have heard him play Ragtime music at
gigs, events, and on television. Today, ragtime piano players are a dying breed,
seldom heard outside of Branson or Disneyland. Max is keeping ragtime alive --
at least in his heart. Includes: "Tiger Rag," "Black and White Rag," "12th Street Rag,"
"Down Yonder," "Chopstix" (with Max's enhanced arrangements, and many more!

Order "Max-imum Ragtime" on CD today!
CD: $15.00
(Please add $5.00 shipping USA or Overseas)

Max-imum Celebration Album


Max Crook's "Max-imum Celebration" album is the result of a volume of requests
for a serving of his music from those who have heard him play in Praise and Worship
services and on television. The music on this album is all original with the exception
of "two old favorites" to which Max applies his own unique arrangements. Includes:
"Amazing Grace," "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands," and "(I'll Never) Runaway."

Order "Max-imum Celebration" on CD today!
CD: $15.00
(Please add $5.00 shipping USA or Overseas)

Special Offer: Order all three CDs for just $40.00 (plus $5.00 shipping)

Make check / money order payable to:

Max Crook
3412 Isleta Court
Deming, NM 88030 U.S.A.



Cassettes available by Max Crook:


Good News Album


Good News! Includes Christian-lyric version of "Runaway"
$8.00 plus shipping


Hail To the King Album


Hail To The King! (Praise and Worship)
$8.00 plus shipping


I Worship You In The Spirit Album


I Worship You In The Spirit!
$8.00 plus shipping


(Please add $5.00 shipping in USA or overseas).

Make check / money order payable to:

Max Crook
3412 Isleta Court
Deming, NM 88030 U.S.A.




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