1981 Maxus – Maxus

Maxus were a musical group and the US West Coast AOR active for a short time at the beginning of the eighties.

Following the example of Toto, the Maxus, the most band member are session musicians, decided to give life to this project, the line up included Jay Gruska on vocals, Robbie Buchanan keyboard, Michael Landau on electric guitar, electric bass and Mark Leonard Doane Perry on drums. Compared to Toto, the sound of Maxus AOR was tending to fusion music, the time Jay Gruska assets had a solo album titled Gruska On Gruska published in 1974, Robbie Buchanan was a keyboard player had written columns Sheet of the Bette Midler film the Rose, the same score he had collaborated on the band’s bassist Mark Leonard, who in addition had assets of some recorded albums with John Waite, Pat Martino and Rob Grill. The group worked on their self-titled album that was released in 1981 and produced by Michael Omartian, the album can be appreciated the feats guitar Landau and abuse of synthesizers, which are excellent bases for Gruska vocal melodies. During this period the band also shot a video clip for the song Nobody’s Business taken from their first album. Despite the technical value of the five, however, the album was not as successful as hoped, and Maxus broke up a year later.


1  The Higher You Rise (Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon) 3:50
2  Nobody’s Business (Jay Gruska, Lisa Dal Bello) 3:21
3  What You Give (Robbie Buchanan, Jay Gruska) 3:53
4  Keep A Light On (Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon) 3:22
5  Your Imagination (Robbie Buchanan, Jay Gruska) 3:32
6  They Danced (Jay Gruska) 4:02
7  Part Of You (Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon, Robbie Buchanan) 3:04
8  Don’t Try To Stop Me Now (Jay Gruska, Michael Omartian, Robbie Buchanan) 4:40
9  Where Were You (Jay Gruska, Paul Gordon) 5:21


BassMark Leonard
DrumsDoane Perry
GuitarMike Landau
PianoRobbie Buchanan
PianoJay Gruska
ProgrammingIan Underwood
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerMichael Omartian
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionMichael Omartian
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsJenny Williams
Background VocalsTommy Funderburk
VocalsMark Leonard
VocalsRobbie Buchanan
VocalsJay Gruska

Liner Notes

Producer – Maxus, Michael Omartian
Arranged By (Strings) – Michael Omartian
Concertmaster – Assa Drori
Engineer (Assistant) – Karen Siegel, Robin Laine
Engineer – Frank Wolf
Mastered By – Ken Perry
Mixed By – Frank Wolf

Art Direction – Jay Vigon

Mastered At Capitol Mastering
Mixed At The Village Recorder
Recorded At The Village Recorder
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