BILLBOARD MAGAZINE REVIEW
Producer: Norman Ratner
Label: Casablanca (NBLP7213)
Quartet plays well-executed mainstream rock with slight new wave influences. For the most part though, the sound is closer to the hard rocking but melodic sound of Foreigner. Kevin Russell's vocals and guitar work are two factors which make this effort shine. Band shows equal skill on uptempo and slower numbers. Best cuts: "I Could Be Good For You," "Let Me Live My Life."
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE REVIEW
Producer(s): George Tutko & Kevin Russell
Label: Boardwalk (NBL33253)
This group has yet to become a huge record seller though it is at the stage--after opening for REO Speedwagon on tour last year--where it could break through in a big way. This is the quintet's first for Boardwalk after having been with PolyGram. The title track is from the movie of the same name which is getting a big push this summer. The music is forceful mainstream pop-rock.
The popular hard-hitting rock group, 707, which released three albums in the 1980s and penned such chart hitting singles as "I Could Be Good For You" and "Mega Force", will release their first new recording in 18 years! The album, entitled "Trip To Heaven", will be available on November 7th from Bedrock Records, a label dedicated to issuing CD's for the adult rock music fan.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin Russell, who formed 707 in the late '70s, has not been idle since the group disbanded in 1983. He has produced many critically-acclaimed albums for such music greats as Rick Derringer, Leslie West (Mountain), Pat Travers, Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple); has played with successful rock groups such as Taxxi and Phantom, Rocker and Slick and has become a respected blues guitarist and performer in the San Francisco Bay area where he has lived for the past 20 years. (Russell-Schon Blues Band/Russell Brothers Blues Band/Kevin Russell Blues Band)
In the new millennium, Kevin has re-formed 707 to return to his first love, rock music, tempering the hard edge with his blues and pop sensibility. He has created a very different and refreshing sound for the 11 new songs, all of which he wrote and produced. In addition to Kevin, the new recording features Don Bassey on bass and rock legend Denny Carmassi on drums (Montrose, Gamma, Sammy Hagar, Heart, Whitesnake, Coverdale-Page). The trio, armed with newly recorded material, is poised to reclaim their status as an exciting act that can be counted on to give a pure and energetic shot of experienced rock and roll every time.
For more information on this CD or to join the 707 news list, e-mail Bedrock Records at BdrkRec@aol.com and specify "Join 707 List".
For more information on Kevin Russell, visit www.kevinrussell.com.
To download the new 707 song, "Firing Line", from their new album, click here.
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