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11Steps

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11STEPS Debut Album has been awarded "2010 Best Toronto Rock CD Album", by Toronto Eclusive Magazine, it's "an eclectic mix of great classic rock". Cashbox Canada Magazine describes 11STEPS debut CD as "shiny vintage 1970's rockin' Rolls Royce"!
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1. I Need Shelter
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2. Another Day
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3. Salvation
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4. 40 Days
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5. Picking Hopes
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6. Let It Go
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7. Lone Ranger
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8. Come What May
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9. Gumshoe Eyes
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10. Yours Tonight
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11. Do You Wonder
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12. Except For Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Toronto Exclusive Magazine Award.. "2010 Best Toronto Rock CD Album"!!
"A solid rock album for the 21st century!! (Al Joynes DJ Q107)

CASHBOX CANADA MAGAZINE REVIEW September 2011:

"We've been hearing the nostalgic breast beating for the loss of integrity and passion and real musicianship in rock music. And where the Hell have all the great singers gone?

11 Steps' debut album isn't some plastic replica of today's trendy interpretations of rock music; instead, it's a shiny vintage 1970's rockin' Rolls Royce. As you progress through the disc it's like listening to a finely programmed Classic Rock radio station.

There are liberal doses of Steely Dan's "Do It Again" on "Let It Go", Peter Green/Santana's "Black Magic Woman" on "40 Days", and Ted Nugent's Gibson guitar mastery courtesy Peter Faragher on "Picking Hopes". The drums from Justin Dillon, in places recall the best Jon Bonham bombast, augmented with bassist Terry Roberts' Chris Squire (Yes) and Alan Parsons staccato thumping. Together they create a tasty rhythm section especially on "Do You Wonder" which could be a missing chapter from Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" suite.

And what if Styx had used Brian Mitchell, instead of Larry Gowan, to replace Dennis DeYoung? You might get songs like "I Need Shelter" and "Another Day" – as catchy and anthemic as anything from the ‘Grand Illusion' . The band even hints at Styx's "Come Sail Away" whose instrumental refrain opens the song "Lone Ranger" which features keyboardist Craig MacDonald on vocals.

11 Steps tease with pastiches of other memorable songs and take hard rights following the introductions. The listener is lured into a bluesy Robbie Robertson dissertation on "Gumshoe Eyes" only to be met with a grinding Deep Purple guitar/Hammond organ workout; "Come What May" begins with a typical Journey piano intro and moves effortlessly into Pablo Cruise/Player/Poco territory; "Yours Tonight" fades in on Pink Floydian atmospherics before becoming an amalgam of vintage Jefferson Starship & Firefall.

The album closes with a derivative "Every Breathe You Take"/"Standy By Me" power ballad called "Except For Love" which might still be blasting from Classic Rock radio stations had it been released in 1979. Do not mourn the death of rock, ladies and gentlemen, celebrate the fact that it's alive and well and living in 11 Steps. Bonus points for the "Battleship Potemkin" homage album cover.

Jaimie Vernon"



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Frank Mason

11 Steps. Canada's best kept secret.
I bought this album on the recommendation of a friend. Wow! If you don't have this in your collection, you are definitely missing out. It ranges from mellow chill out music to AOR. The more you listen, the better it gets. Played it for a couple of pals, and they were just as impressed as I was. Can't wait for the follow up.
PURE MAGIC.