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Aerial - 1978 In The Middle Of The Night

ARTIST: Aerial
ALBUM: In The Middle Of The Night
LABEL: Capitol (USA), Anthem (Canada)
SERIAL: SW-11828, ANR-1-1011
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Gary O'Connor - electric and acoustic guitars, six string bass, vocals * Malcom Buchanan - synthesizers, electric and grand piano, mellotron, organ, clavinet * Brian Meissner - bass, acoustic guitars, vocals * Laurie Currie - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Harmony * 02 In The Middle Of The Night * 03 Easy Love * 04 All Right * 05 If Only I Were Older * 06 Indispensable Thomas Hensible * 07 Race The Sun * 08 You've Got A Way * 09 Gypsy Face

Aerial formed out of the ashes of Liverpool, a Toronto based Beatles cover band that got around to releasing a few original singles, including the Ian Thomas produced 'Dolly' before changing their name to Aerial. Thomas would play a big part in Aerial's history and produced their second and final album 'Maneuvers' after which group leader Gary O'Connor ventured into a solo career as Gary O' churning out a couple excellent albums as well as penning hits for 38 Special, Eddie Money and other purveyors of melodic rock.

The Songs
'In The Middle of the Night' for a debut isn't bad, but it's really a mixed bag, covering too many styles and lacking direction. For my money Aerial were at their best as a pop band with songs such as the opening cut 'Harmony' and the Klaatu influenced 'Race the Sun'. Traces of Styx can be found on 'Indispensable Thomas Hensible', 'You've Got Away' and 'Gypsy Face' and for the sake of Canadian content Prism, but nothing found on this album can be considered overtly pomp. In fact, the band pays homage to Cheap Trick on 'If Only I Were Older' and is a good example as any why I feel Aerial had way too many cards to play and why 'In The Middle of the Night' falls short of 'classic' status to my ears.

In Summary
The follow-up 'Maneuvers' took a quirkier approach to the Aerial sound but is a stronger album in my opinion with the new wave approach of The Cars and The Police blended nicely with Styx. Both albums were reissued to CD on a single disc back in 1994 with a bare bones booklet complete with cheesy cover art. Still, it's worth a search for since I doubt Aerial's output will be reissued again.

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#1 | Nick C on November 29 2006 16:55:47
I really like Aerial and personally thought this release was actually quirkier than the also excellent 'Maneuvers'. As pointed out it just falls short of a classic but if you're looking for something a little off the wall then it should satisfy the craving. Weird pop? Maybe as shades of a watered down Max Webster also pervade the album. I think I actually prefer this to the follow up.
#2 | richardb on June 15 2008 16:34:49
I like this album but much prefer the follow up which is still quirky but harder rocking and more consistent.

Richard B
#3 | rkbluez on September 10 2010 22:41:13
I'm with Nick and like ITMOTN more...Gary O put out a good solo album also...never been able to find someone with the vinyl so I could rip it.
#4 | trillion1999 on October 09 2011 18:14:29
Many years ago there was a legendary record-shop in my city that had the twofer-CD I never bothered with it.One day I saw this LP in another shop but did not buy it.Immediatley regretted it so went to buy the CD.Instantly loved everything on it.To my untrained ears Indispensable Thomas Hensible sounded like Rupert Hine-produced Saga The Interview to be exact.Deeply fascinated that if I understand correctly not Paul Gross but George Semkiw produced that track.I think it is the diversity that clinched the deal for me loving this as much as I do.Please see RYM for a description of this LP that made me very surprised at the review published here at GLORYDAZE.Excuse the essay/rant.I love the cover as well(pun intended)*blushing*in love
#5 | super80boy on May 19 2013 19:39:02
Yes, a mixed bag on Side 1, but the second side is where I found some excellent songs. And the album jacket artwork is cool.
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