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707 - 2000 Trip To Heaven

ALBUM: Trip To Heaven
LABEL: Bedrock Records
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Kevin Russell - vocals, guitars, bass, piano * Denny Carmassi - drums * Don Bassey - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Firing Line * 02 Sinful Woman * 03 Make Up Your Mind * 04 Never Say Die * 05 All I Ever Wanted * 06 Cause And Effect * 07 Pain * 08 Rock 'n' Roller * 09 Trip To Heaven * 10 Don't Say You Love Me * 11 Reprise

WEBLINKS: www.kevinrussell.com

From the dim dark days of the late seventies we are dragged unmercifully into the 21st Century, riding on the back of Kevin Russell's reformation of the band 707. Originally from the Detroit area, but better known for their success out of the L.A Hollywood area, 707 were a minor success initially as a trio, then with the release of 'Megaforce' the album, and the movie, for which they hooked up with Kevin Chalfant and Tod Howarth. However since those halcyon days, everyone has gone their separate ways, though Russell has been extremely busy, recording, teaching and playing all through the years. His other forte has been playing the 'blues' with his own Kevin Russell Blues Band forging a reputation in the Bay Area. Now however, Kevin wanted to return to his first love of rock music, hence the reformed 707. He's roped in friend Don Bassey and acclaimed drummer Denny Carmassi (I won't bother listing his credits, you should know them off by Heart, no pun intended!) to give 707 a shot in the arm. The material is blues based melodic rock, and has some rather punchy arrangements. It harks back to 'straight ahead rock' from the late seventies, (that is before the bombast and overblown production took over the scene). It's very retro, and probably quite appropriate in the current musical climate, whereby 707 could quite easily slot back into the groove. A bit of airplay and who knows?

The Songs
707 get busy on the cranky 'Sinful Woman', 'Never Say Die' and on the energetic 'Cause And Effect', while the track 'Pain' (despite the name) is quite a sassy workout similar to former Frisco favourites Billy Satellite. I can just see Monty Byrom doing this one. 'Make Up Your Mind' is a nice enough track, whereas 'Rock n Roller' really does sound like a throwback to 707's glory days while the title track 'Trip To Heaven' displays some commercial traits but never loses it's high bounding energy. The track 'Firing Line' which was also their MP3 promo, probably wasn't a good choice in my opinion, because it's mid paced and didn't excite me as much as the others did. Perhaps one of the others would have been a better choice.

In Summary
Overall a pleasant and refreshing listen. I am highly excited by the fact that 707 are back in the biz, and sounding as if they've never been away. Their music is highly relevant in todays musical climate, so I will be watching 707 with much interest to see how they go on the Internet charts, and whether it becomes a yardstick for melodic rock. Though in saying that, the line between melodic rock and other genres is becoming increasingly blurred by the week.

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