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A lost (minor) masterpiece,
This review is from: Aviator (Audio CD)Aviator came together in 1978 comprising Jack Lancaster , lyricon & saxaphones (co-founder of the rock group Blodwyn Pig with guitarist Mick Abrahams ex-Jethro Tull), Mick Rogers, lead vocals & guitars (ex- Mannfred Mann's Earthband) along with Clive Bunker, drums (ex-Jethro Tull) and John G. Perry, bass & vocals (ex-Caravan). After recording their first album, they toured as support to Steve Hillage. When the tour ended, Lancaster left the group; Aviator limped on for one more release before finally calling it a day.
All four musicians did play together once more on Lancaster's 1981 solo album Skinningrove Bay.
Anyway the first album - released in early 1979, "Aviator" was on Harvest/Electrola, co-produced by the band and Robin Lumley (Brand X ). It was probably not the best time to release a melodic well played rock album right in the middle of Punks decline (having run its natural course) and the start of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
1.Your Loving Is My Home (3:30)
2.Keep Your Heart Right (6:21)
3.Evil Eye (3:20)
4.Time Traveller (2:59)
5.Silver Needles (6:07)
6.Cleveland Ohio (5:01)
7.Country Morning (6:14)
9.Morning Journey (6:58)
All songs Lancaster, Rogers, Bunker, Perry,
The strong opener 'Your loving is my home' is a sax driven straightforward rock song and none the worse for that, a stomping opener.
Next track up 'Keep Your Heart Right' almost a blues type guitar and gentle sax played in the background leading to a strong guitar/sax mid section finishes with Jack playing more melodic sax.
'Evil Eye' wouldn't have been out of place on an Earthband album, keyboards play a major role.
'Time Traveller' a wistful soft rock song that starts to rock midway through then returns to more gentle themes as it ends.
'Silver Needles' once again driven by Jack's saxes a more jazz/rock sound reminiscent of Colosseum complete with a guitar/sax wig out in the middle section.
'Cleveland Ohio' a funky love song with a light reggae lilt.
'Country Morning' a quiet opening building slowly to soft rock and jazzy mid-section to a soft finish.
'Greed' another soft rock song that starts and sounds like a Wishbone Ash song if it wasn't for the sax.
Every song on the album is strong on melody and instrumentation not a record for hard/heavy/metal fans but if Wishbone Ash, Earthband, Caravan and Colosseum are in your collection this album would be a worthy addition. All we have to do now is convince some company (Esoteric?) that it would be worthwhile tracking down the rights and mastertapes and releasing this again to the public.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2010 12:19:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Feb 2012 20:01:04 GMT
Maybe this album sold out because of Avator the film who knows? lol
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2010 01:01:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Dec 2010 01:02:14 GMT
Lars-Olof Ström says:
This is a very fine album indeed! But their second effort "Turbulence" is even better IMO! Very hard to track down, only released on vinyl though, wich is just plain sad!
Posted on 14 Dec 2012 22:43:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Apr 2013 15:57:54 BDT
Mr. Mungo says:
This is one of those great albums (like Supertramp's Breakfast in America) which captures the mood of a time of day: evening here, morning there and the album cover artwork chimes with it.
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