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Max Merritt can still dream


Close to five months on from the passing of 2020 New Zealand Music Hall of Fame, and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Max Merritt, his final album I Can Dream has been posthumously released, with the full blessing of his family.

Despite failing health, Max managed to find the energy to uncover his song-writing best, and with the support of his close mate, Grammy-nominated producer James ‘Jimbo’ Barton, Max recorded the pick of the new material for the masterpiece that has turned out to be his final collection of songs. On all ten tracks from the new I Can Dream album, Max Merritt delivers his signature powerful vocal ability, belying his frail condition throughout the recording process.

A collection of ten songs that came together over a period of many years, I Can Dream is an album comprising of five tracks produced in Los Angeles by Jimbo Barton between 2014 and 2020, plus two tracks recorded at Colin Hay’s California studio in 2018 and mixed by Jimbo. It also includes three tracks recorded at Metropolis in Melbourne around 2002, for what was to be a new album, but these tracks gathered dust when Max fell ill. 

Best remembered for his mid-70’s hit single "Slippin Away" Max sadly passed away in Los Angeles on September 24, 2020. But thankfully he was aware of his impending induction into the NZ Music Hall of Fame, and he was incredibly thrilled and humbled by the honour.

Watch Marlon Williams & Friends tribute to Max Merritt at The Silver Scrolls 2020 

Max was also a well-loved and highly regarded musician across the Tasman too, having relocated to Sydney in 1964 where he had great success, and in 2007 he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Australian music industry icon and lifetime industry friend, Michael Chugg AM, Executive Chairman Chugg Entertainment says…

Max Merritt and The Meteors were the second live band I ever saw. In Launceston when I was around 16, I fell in love with their amazing energy, volume and Max’s voice dripping with soul. Over the years we became good friends and remained so until his recent passing. I was thrilled to promote his huge Slipping Away Australian tour in the mid 70’s, and so happy when he joined the massive Long Way To The Top tour in 2002, every night playing with some of the original Meteors. Max gave 250,000 fans the time of their lives. Max was a true gentleman and was always there encouraging and helping people around him, even as his health failed. I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in LA with him and a heap of his friends in 2018, and he played me some of his new tracks which now appear on this final album. I am thrilled and humbled to have played a small part in getting I Can Dream out to the world and his thousands of fans in Australia and New Zealand. It’s a great album of wonderful songs.”

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Written By: Radio13