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707 - 1980 707



ARTIST: 707
ALBUM: 707
LABEL: Casablanca
SERIAL: NBLP 7213
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2008, Renaissance, RMED-192 * 2017, Rock Candy Records, CANDY331

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kevin Russell - vocals, guitars * Duke McFadden - vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitars * Phil Bryant - bass, vocals * Jim McClarty - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Could Be Good For You * 02 Let Me Live My Life * 03 One Way Highway * 04 Save Me * 05 You Who Needs To Know * 06 Slow Down * 07 Feel This Way * 08 Waste Of Time * 09 Whole Lot Better

WEBLINKS: www.kevinrussell.com


Background
This is a band much loved by the Glory-Daze team and AOR fans alike, the classic 'Megaforce' album having already been reviewed elsewhere on this site. 707 originally started off performing in the LA clubs in the late 1970's and it wasn't long before they eventually got their break landing a deal with Casablanca. The experienced Norman B Ratner (co-founder of the 'Rock and roll hall of fame) was duly recruited for production duties.


The Songs
Billboard magazine's review of the debut was 'well-executed mainstream rock with slight new wave influences'. More like pomp with a commercial slant I'd say. Those pomp rock fans amongst us will find that 707's debut delivers all the staple ingredients required to satisfy their appetite for the overblown - intricate musicianship, tempo changes, sweeping orchestral arrangements, plenty of melodramatic choruses and an abundance of keyboard/guitar interplay. The big drum sound prevalent throughout, reinforces the majestic nature of this musical experience (goodness just listening to this album is beginning to make my prose sound pompous!) Billboard magazine went on to add 'Kevin Russell's vocals and guitar work are two factors which make this effort shine' indeed they do, but he appeared more than happy to share centre stage with keyboardist Duke McFadden who helped pen the majority of the material. The album takes off with the minor hit 'I Could Be Good For You'. It's essentially a mid tempo affair with Jim McClarty's booming drums providing a solid backbeat for Kevin Russell's intricate guitar lines and Duke McFadden's deft keyboards, the hard-hitting chorus underlining it's pomp credentials. 'Let Me Live My Life ' is a more up-tempo number fuelled by Duke McFadden's piano and Kevin Russell's biting guitar.

The lush orchestrated ballad 'One Way Highway' slows down proceedings, though it's never wimpy thanks to the aforementioned big thudding drums and Kevin Russell's crunching power chords. 'Save Me' and 'You Who Needs To Know' are more upbeat, entertaining romps where guitar and keyboard interplay are utilised to maximum effect, the latter tune ending in a flurry of piano and guitar dynamics. The hard driving 'Slow Down' and its quirky harmonies continue the pomp bombast over on side two. 'Feel This Way' is another lively tune chock full of crunching guitar chords interspersed with some tasteful keyboard playing and a memorable chorus to boot. 'Waste Of Time' has inventive time changes, the broody intro of pumping bass, solid drumbeats and understated guitar, switching suddenly to a high tempo instrumental workout with some frenetic guitar playing from Kevin Russell. The powerful closer 'Whole Lot Better' weighing in at nearly 7 minutes is epic in every sense of the word the orchestrated string section every bit as effective as those deployed on Airborne's 'No Exception To The Rule' or Grand Prix's 'Which Way Did The Wind Blow' for that matter.


In Summary
Definitely a contender for one of my favourite pomp rock albums of all time and one I find myself revisiting on a regular basis. Subsequent releases by 707 were harder rocking though less overblown, hence the reason why their debut holds a special place in my affections.


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on May 27 2007 11:42:45
Fantastic album. I am rediscovering this particular set of tunes with glee! Thumbs Up
#2 | Eric on May 27 2007 12:34:35
I was in college when this album came out and 'I Could Be Good For You' was one of those new songs along with Touch- 'Don't Ya Know What Love Is', Donnie Iris - 'Ah! Leah!' and Stingray's 'Man In My Shoes' that started getting airplay back in the day that sounded way better than Talking Heads, Blondie and Peter Gabriel!
#3 | KurtmanJP on March 21 2008 07:16:49
'I Could Be Good For You' was the very song that opened me up to the whole AOR genre but my fave would have to be 'You Who Needs To Know'. 'One Way Highway' is a great ballad with a very strong Elton John flavor to it and 'Feel This Way' is great, too!
#4 | rostoned on April 05 2008 19:21:28
see below 2 links for a couple of US TV appearances of 707 performing 'I could be good for you'. you can definitely tell that Neil Bogart and their Casablanca promo team had quite an access to top shows even for smaller acts, even if I understand this single was a (minor) hit! Thumbs Up

YouTube Video:

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#5 | rostoned on August 09 2008 16:10:10
'I Could Be Good For You' reached #52 on Billboard HOT 100 at the end of 1980. Almost a top 40 hit and their biggest anyway.
Nevertheless this was their ONLY LP not to enter the US album chart! Life is strange sometimes... helpless
#6 | trillion1999 on October 12 2011 19:06:45
For I Could Be Good For You and You Who Needs To Know I would love to lay my hands on that 707-CD with the first album that has a lot of bonus-tracks.I would love to hear everything by the guys and very much enjoy their great live-CD that I bought at a record-fair.music
#7 | rkbluez on January 17 2012 20:56:26
Great Album...nuff said!!
#8 | windsofmarch on August 30 2012 18:29:51
Early AOR/Melodic Rock with pomp overtones.Side A is superb while the other side is a little more average.Just a little one.Good piano arrengements as well.Anyway a great album.
#9 | richardb on January 23 2014 21:29:52
It would appear that 707 have put out another couple of studio albums "Magic" and " The Fourth decade" in the intervening years.

The former appears to be largely demos/outtakes recoded prior to the debut and the latter appears to be newer material - just shows how out of touch I've been these last few years..
#10 | super80boy on April 17 2014 03:25:35
Recently found this in a $1 used bin and pounced on it knowing exactly what it was. The lead off album single 'I Could Be Good For You' is just stellar.
 
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