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707 The Bridge MTX Classix (2004)

Hot on the heel's of MTM Classix's excellent re-issue 'Megaforce' they release 707's unreleased album 'The Bridge', which was originally recorded back in 1981. The line-up was Kevin Russell (guitar), Phil Bryant (vocals/bass), Jim McClarty (drums) and Todd Howarth (keys/guitar). How this never got a release back then is a mystery as the songs are top draw AOR/melodic rock from the REO Speedwagon flavoured 'Hungry For Your Love' and the excellent foot tapper 'Leader' - this tune could easily have been a massive radio hit at the time.

Fantastic harmonies on 'You're All I Need' driven along by driving guitar and a tight rhythm. The mid-tempo rockers 'Sirens to the Sea' and 'Message From A Friend' keep the standards high. In fact listening to Phil Bryant's vocals he sounds like UFO's Phil Mogg and much of this album should appeal to UFO fans. The album dips slightly with 'Head Over Heels' but then there are three bonus tracks including the ballad 'The Girl With The Broken Heart'.

Buy this and 'Megaforce' for a glimpse of a very talented but underrated band, who sadly have had more recognition since they called it a day. A 707 reunion anyone?


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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