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707 - Mega Force
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707 - Mega Force

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Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Album
Release date: 2006-01-01 Year: 2006
Label: Renaissance Records
Genre: AOR
Producer: 707
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Now we?re talking classic AOR album. 707 released 3 albums in the early 80s and now the MTM Classix series will release their most succesful and classic album called "Mega Force" from 1982 that also was the theme to the movie Mega Force.

This time the album has been digitally remastered with the addition of 5 bonus tracks and a live version of the song "Mega Force".
707 featured Kevin Chalfant (vocals) that later reformed THE VU(View), Two Fires and The Storm. Rest of the bandmembers were Kevin Russell (guitar), Tod Howarth (keyboards), Phil Bryant (bass) and Jim McCalarty (drums). The album was produced by Keith Olsen.

This album is filled with fantastic early 80s AOR with pompish keyboards on many tracks. If you?re into early Survivor, Journey, Le Roux and Eric Martin Band then this is an album you don?t wanna miss.
Kevin Chalfants voice is very close to Journey?s Steve Perry and therefor many of the songs got a very Journeyish sound over them.
The titletrack is a brilliant track with a lots of great hooklines and a chorus with a sound that THE VU(View) later tried to capture with a good result. "Can?t Hold Back" is a rockier affair with lovely pompish keyboards a?la Le Roux and with a chorus that reminds of early Journey. Listen to the dut-dut keyboards after the 2nd chorus and it?s not often you hear classic stuff like that anymore.

"Out Of The Dark" is a classic 80s AOR/Pomp pianoballad with awesome melodies and harmonies in the best Le Roux style, classic is the word.
But best track of them all is the mega pure AOR/Pomp striker " We Will Last". Just listen to the fantastic keyboards that runs through the whole song and if you?re into Journey you will more than love this song and might ask yourself why these guys did not get any bigger.

In my opinion they could have left out the bonustracks because this album would could do without them.
So don?t miss this opportunity to get yourself a copy of this album now that it?s released for the first time on CD.
Oh, I almost missed to mention "Hello Girl", another highlight on the album.

Tracklisting 1. Mega Force
2. Can't Hold Back
3. Get to You
4. Out of the Dark
5. Hell or High Water
6. We Will Last
7. Hello Girl
8. Write Again
9. No Better Feeling
10. Heartbeat
11. Eagle One
12. Mega Stomp
13. Mega Force 2
14. Eagle One 2
15. The Float
16. Mega Force (Live)
17. Hidden Track


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