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Aviator (UK) - 1978 Aviator

ARTIST: Aviator (UK)
ALBUM: Aviator
LABEL: Harvest
YEAR: 1978


LINEUP: Mick Rogers - guitar * Clive Bunker - drums, percussion * John G. Perry - bass, taurus pedals, vocals * Jack Lancaster - lyricon, saxophones, computone, synthesiszer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Your Loving Is My Home * 02 Keep Your Heart Right * 03 Evil Eye * 04 Time Traveller * 05 Silver Needles * 06 Cleveland Ohio * 07 Country Morning * 08 Greed * 09 Morning Journey

Sorry mates, nothing to do with the 80's Aviator! What we have here is a minor 'super group' of sorts long before that term was coined. Aviator consisted of some impressive players from the progressive rock who tried to move into the burgeoning AOR scene. Mick Rogers was in the original Manfred Mann, Jack Lancaster had previously been seen in blues rockers Blodwyn Pig with John G. Perry from Caravan and Jethro Tull's Clive Bunker completing this stellar line-up. Two albums were released, the second entitled 'Turbulence' was recorded without Lancaster and although a European tour with Steve Hillage was well received, Aviator unceremoniously broke up in 1980.

The Songs
Like most such arrangements with too much talent to be held in check for very long, Aviator was short-lived but their first album has a lot to recommend it. Those of our readers who appreciate early Charlie, A Band Called O, Jess Roden Band and Jim Capaldi's solo albums will find much to like in Aviator's sound and thier pop rock and jazz direction circa 1978. Songs like 'Your Loving Is My Home' with its slightly funky bite is pretty damn catchy and throughout the album, in particular the following 'Keep Your Heart Right' I'm reminded of a lighter version of Traffic. This is mainly due to Lancaster's stellar sax work which the band were not afraid to use giving Aviator a very original and warm sound. Further listening reveals even more good songs including the record's first single 'Time Traveller' which will make pre-80's Charlie fans quite happy, 'Silver Needles' which touches on the groups progressive roots nicely and 'Greed' which was also released as a single but naturally failed to chart.

In Summary
Overall, a pleasant and interesting listen and well worth seeking out from the usual sources although 'Turbulence' is a little more difficult to find and never saw a release in the States. Even rarer are the aforementioned singles which both included non-LP b-sides. Good luck.

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#1 | rostoned on November 17 2008 23:40:04
Believe it or not someone made a myspace page for Aviator! Was that YOU Eric? Grin
Here you can enjoy not one not two but six full songs from ours truly http://www.myspac...toraor7880
#2 | Eric on November 18 2008 00:14:02
Lol! No, not me.
#3 | trillion1999 on October 09 2011 18:29:27
I love the cover and I love Silver Needles! Thank you very much GLORYDAZE for review and link so I can get my daily fix of the only track I remember from the LP but one of my favorite-songs of all time.I know,I know myspace just as facebook is bad for you but what to do when one is addicted and has neither turntable nor love*blushing*
#4 | super80boy on December 24 2013 04:09:53
Pretty good mix of AOR and Westcoast melodies. 'Silver Needles' is the clear standout with its deftly mixed AOR sounds, progressive arrangements and Westcoast touches. 'Time Traveller' and the more meaty Westcoast AOR of 'Morning Journey' are runner ups.
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