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Avalon (USA) - 1982 Everyman A King [EP]

ARTIST: Avalon (USA)
ALBUM: Everyman A King
LABEL: Capitol
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Rick Neigher - vocals, guitars * Chris Cote - keyboards, vocals * Mike Mirage - keyboards, guitars, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Find A Way To Say Goodbye * 02 Deeper Than The Heart * 03 Crossfire * 04 The Writing On The Wall

I'm not sure what Capitol's reasons were for releasing this four track EP from the Los Angeles based Avalon, but in hindsight I'm glad they did, as it really is a pearler. I would have been more impressed if they'd released a full blown ten track album instead, but as it is, I'll take whatever's going. Combining the best bits of Styx and 'Runaway' era Dakota, it's archetypal AOR, perhaps in it's purest form. The three blokes listed above do most of the work, though there are other contributions from other L.A Session cats including Mike Porcaro, Jai Winding, Vinnie Colaiuta, and new age synthesist Mark Isham.

The Songs
Rick Neigher's vocal style comes close to John Elefante, and this is particularly evident on the opener 'Can't Find A Way To Say Goodbye'. There's a lovely ballad 'Deeper Than The Night'. My favourite is the mid paced melodies of 'Crossfire' while 'The Writing On The Wall's is just as good. On the strength of these four songs, they really should have gone the whole hog. So I wonder, does that mean there are some more Avalon tracks lying around in the basement of Capitol Records?

In Summary
Rick Neigher is the only one to have continued on the industry, becoming a topflight producer and songwriter, working with the likes of Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, and Alias.

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#1 | rostoned on April 24 2008 22:08:43
I agree with George as this being similar to Dakota in the vocal department and overall feel but I hear traces of Balance, Tycoon, Airplay and i-Ten as well, at times Rick Neigher is a dead ringer of Tom Kelly's tone and pitch.

Full kudos to the fab, classy/AOR westcoast-ish but powerful production courtesy of Bobby Colomby! The record is also a showcase for the talent of top sessioner Vinnie Colaiuta, a Frank Zappa alumni who today is part of the Jeff Beck tourin g line up. Fantastic artwork by Stan Watts (Van Stephenson) and talkin bout the songs my favourite is 'Writing on the wall', a masterpiece. What's really odd is that none of these tracks were, afaik, covered by any other act before or after.

The EP is very expensive and hard to find these days (never officially reissued on CD). From the pictures I have seen there seems to be a pirate/bootleg edition CD reissue made in Sweden by the lousy Goldmine Records label. I would rather recommend searching the web for a vinyl copy than supporting the thieves.
#2 | Danielovich on December 20 2009 08:12:46
99.99 $ on Ebay! It's not worth the investment, but you gotta have 'The writing on the wall'. It's the best song of the bunch and a terrific AOR song, killer chorus!
#3 | swazi on November 20 2011 23:33:00
An absolutely great release! Unfortunately never re-issued on CD. Sad
#4 | dangerzone on February 07 2012 04:49:12
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#5 | code4 on October 05 2015 01:24:55
What a killer. Why haven't good ol' Japan re-issued this one on cd i wonder? Surely it would sell out in no time at all despite only being 4 songs long. With the successful rise of the 'mini lp' style cd in Japan i really thought we might see this old 'Mini LP' come out on cd. Particularly as 'The Writing on The Wall' appeared on the Japanese compilation cd 'AOR Light mellow - toshiba/emi edition' several years ago suggesting the Japanese label might well have a master tape of this album in the vaults. I'll remain hopeful. I have a played once LP copy but this is still one of the albums i would most like to see released on cd.

I talked many years back by email with Rick Neigher and he said he thought the reason the album is so exciting to people is likely because of the drummer Vince Colaiuta.
#6 | gdazegod on October 05 2015 02:24:30
There were a bunch of other tracks released in 1982. I have these, but don't have the details as I am away from home. So, potentially there could be up to 8 or 9 tracks to choose from. Plus also some songs from soundtracks. I'd need to do a bit of research first.. computer work
#7 | code4 on October 07 2015 02:42:54
Cheers for that info George! and also to Alun for posting the YT link. I only recalled hearing word about one or two rare songs by them and had no idea there were potentially that many floating about! I think a re-issue of it would be so well received saleswise (and otherwise) by AOR community even if it only contained the 4 originally issued tracks. That said no doubt most would be delighted with bonus stuff too. It doesn't sound too shabby to say the least.
#8 | swingkingandy on March 18 2017 14:45:18
Rick Neigher actually contacted me and Aor-Fm with a view to a reissue along with unreleased tracks enough to fill an album. Unfortunately record major label employees don't appear to live in the real world and wanted extortionate amounts of money for the pleasure! I did mention to him other, bigger reissue labels at the time, but it seems that even they could not fork out the cash to have Avalon committed to glass.
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