Column from October 23rd, 2000 issue

707 seem to suddenly back on the scene. So much so that the band will be releasing their first album in 18 years on November 7th.... A first single from the album (which is on Bedrock Records) has already been released and is called "The Firing Line" - if you fancy downloading it as an MP3 file you can find it at: http://www.discconnection.com/707/thefiringline.mp3 . Kevin Russell who originally formed the band in the late 1970s is behind the come-back. Other musicians involved in the new recordings include well travelled drummer Denny Carmassi (ex Montrose, Gamma and Heart among a host of others) and bassist Don Bassey. Get more information at http://www.kevinrussell.com or to be put on the 707 mailing list send a "Join 707 List" note to BdrkRec@aol.com .

This week sees a few interesting releases in Japan. On the fusion side you have "The Grand Passion", a new album from guitar supreme Al Di Meola and a new album from T-Square called "Friendship". On the AOR side you get the new album from Journey ("Arrival") which will have an exclusive bonus track from Japan, plus a couple of RCA/BMG re-releases, the more worthy of which is What If's debut album. The other is "Last Safe Place" from Le Roux, which is a rather disappointing album when you consider it was released between the classic albums "Up" and "So Fired Up". Both the BMG re-releases come with "K2 Re-mastering" - god knows what that is! Geddy Lee's debut solo album is due out in Japan this week. Slightly further ahead Lana Lane's "Ballad Collection II" is due November 22 along with Satriani-like guitarist Slav Simanic's "Water of Life" which will get two bonus tracks. That same day will also see "Phoenix Rising" out from The View (sadly with no bonus tracks, and a week later will see a new release from Danish pop-rockers Michael Learns to Rock.