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707 - 1982 Megaforce



ARTIST: 707
ALBUM: Megaforce
LABEL: Boardwalk
SERIAL: NBI-33253
YEAR: 1982
CD REISSUE: 2004, MTM Classix, MTM 068199 * 2006, Renaissance, RMED-00194 * 2017 Rock Candy Records, CANDY333

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kevin Chalfant - vocals * Kevin Russell - guitars, vocals * Tod Howarth - keyboards, guitars * Phil Bryant - bass * Jim McClarty - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Megaforce * 02 Can't Hold Back * 03 Get To You * 04 Out Of The Dark * 05 Hell Or High Water * 06 We Will Last * 07 Hello Girl * 08 Write Again * 09 No Better Feeling * 10 Heartbeat

WEBLINKS: www.kevinrussell.com


Background
Having formed in the late 70's and recorded two superb AOR albums already, 707 were created in the heart of Los Angeles, despite their origins in Michigan. They added a couple of new recruits to their lineup after the departure of Duke McFadden, and preceded to write and record this AOR flagship album. Come to think of it, nothing less than a classic would have been acceptable with five highly talented songwriters in the band. They could play a bit too ?


The Songs
We're cleared for takeoff and leaving ground with the title track, surely one of AOR's official flag waving anthems. Tod Howarth's keys are immediately to the fore during the stirring intro, and continue to support the melody throughout. The classic rallying cry chorus sweeps us to cruising altitude, setting the tone for the album. Released as a single, it charted at a respectable #62 on the Billboard charts, but deserved better. 'Can't Hold Back' blasts off with a big hook and waves of synth, developing into another melodic anthem chorus where the superb keys return full force, having disappeared during the verse. 'Get To You' is an entertaining study on the elusiveness of the opposite sex, well arranged and very catchy. Very limited keys on this one, but still an enjoyable romp. 'Out Of The Dark' slows the pace down elegantly, featuring heartfelt vocals and some great chord changes. Once again, super keys from Tod. We're back in powerhouse rock territory with 'Hell Or High Water', bringing out some great riffing and a fierce guitar/keyboard duel, not to mention some clever tempo changes. 'We Will Last' kicks off side two with a majestic array of keys, and builds into another wonderful anthem. On this one Kevin Chalfant sings the chorus alone and brings it off beautifully - a tribute to his much loved vocal talents. Surprisingly, it didn't chart when released as the second single. Next up is the sultry mid tempo strut of 'Hello Girl', you can hear the Frisco influence on this catchy slice of AOR. The unexpected keyboard hook in the middle is a delight, and the vocal duet with Kevin Russell works nicely. Yet another memorable hook, inventive tempo changes and a very catchy chorus provide the magic on 'Write Again'. Opening up with a flurry of drum rolls, 'No Better Feeling' develops into yet another feelgood anthem, focusing on the joys of hitting the open road and opening the throttle. Once again the vocal duties are shared with Kevin Russell, who did most of the vocals on their first two albums. The classy west coast balladry of 'Heartbeat' returns us safely to the runway for a smooth landing, showcasing a more restrained side to the band and yet again, full of trademark 707 melodies and elegant chord changes.


In Summary
Like so many great AOR records, 'Megaforce' should have sold platinum but didn't, despite it's association with a major film of the same name. Even more disturbing is the fact that it's still awaiting it's debut on CD, and 707 fans everywhere are running out of patience. Reissue companies please take note.


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#1 | sabace on December 24 2007 16:37:19
CRACKING LP
#2 | rostoned on April 09 2008 13:02:42
excellent and tasty LP, very very Journey-esque (and surely this was due to Chalfant's arrival). The ballad 'Out of the dark' oozes class and beauty and it could have been written by Sir Cain for sure, that's so good.
I remember wathching some of the crappy movie 'Megaforce' on private TV long long time ago and to say that it was a total disaster is as obvious as saying that shit stinks! thumbs down
#3 | richardb on June 13 2008 13:52:03
I like this album but it doesn't quite have the same appeal to me as the debut or 'The seond album' for that matter. Perhaps that's due to Kevin 'Steve Perry clone' Chalfant being the lead vocalist. However there's no denying the quality - It's a shame such a great track like 'Megaforce' ended up as the soundtrack to a truly turgid film!

Richard B
#4 | rostoned on August 05 2008 13:13:12
The album peaked at #129 on THE BILLBOARD 200 Us album sales chart. Contrary to popular belief it fared better than 'The Second Album' (#159) and the s/t debut which didn't chart at all! Now justice is done.
#5 | rkbluez on January 17 2012 21:10:08
Great album...to me it's like a cross between Night Ranger and Journey but with it's own special appeal...wish a label like Rock Candy would reissue the first 3 707 albums as they are worthy of the famous RC treatment and surely loved by most if not all of the people who love pomp hard rock and AOR records.
#6 | super80boy on September 18 2016 00:32:58
'Can't Hold Back' is just a killer track with the swinging guitar solos, keyboard banging and uplifting chorus. By the time the excellent melancholic slow down of 'Out Of The Dark' comes around, the listener is in dire need of catching their breath from the onslaught of the first three tracks. 'Write Again' is another killer, especially with that infectious chorus! This third effort seemed to be their apex, although the first two are no slouch.
 
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