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Avion - 1983 Avion



ARTIST: Avion
ALBUM: Avion
LABEL: RCA
SERIAL: VPL 10414
YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Randall Waller - vocals, guitars * Martyn Toole - guitars * Kendall Waller - bass * Evan Murray - keyboards * John Waller - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Need You * 02 Diamond Eyes * 03 Lady Of The Night * 04 We Can Try * 05 Warrior * 06 Never Let Me Go * 07 Where Do We Go From Here * 08 Always Waiting * 09 Who's Cryin Now * 10 Once Bitten Twice Shy


Background
Not very well known in mainstream circles are Avion, but for those in the know, they are a respected outfit, both in the melodic rock and christian rock circles. These guys hail from New South Wales in Australia, and literally came out of the outback to release this sensational slice of AOR. Now, to come from nowhere and to end up having this mixed by soundmasters Bob Clearmountain and Bob Ludwig is some feat. I suspect the run of success by the likes of LRB and Men At Work on the international scene may have influenced RCA to look for 'down under' talent to embellish what was already out there. As you can see, Avion is spearheaded by the Waller brothers, Randall in particular runs the show. Though this is a commercial release on a big ticket label, their approach to life and music is based around their christian faith, except you don't see it represented here in their lyrics, which is pretty much standard fare. What isn't standard fare is the music. Melody rich AOR of the finest sort. Keyboard layers, tempered guitar, booming drums and vocal harmonies galore. You'd go a long way to finding anything this good south of the 33rd parallel circa 1983!


The Songs
Where do we start? Well, there's the heartfelt backdrop of the single 'Diamond Eyes', the brilliance of the track 'Warrior' (great lyrics too I might add), or the delicate feather touch balladry of 'Always Waiting'. Ooh very nice.. as I'm playing it now as I write. Mostly though, it's hard rockin' all the way, with the likes of 'Never Let Me Go', 'Lady Of The Night', 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' and 'We Can Try' all pushing the envelope with guitar riffs and hooks coming at you from everywhere.


In Summary
They released a second album in 1986 called 'White Noise' and again featured some wonderful music, though a bit more restrained than this one. However, Avion's music is great stuff, and a band that deserves it's place on a site like GLORY-DAZE. Hopefully, someone is gonna badger RCA into releasing these onto CD. Go Aussie!!


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Comments
#1 | rocklover on November 02 2007 19:45:20
This a great group I have the second album but I can't find the first onereal sad has someone have any idea where I can find this one?

Thanks!

Keep on rockin'
#2 | KurtmanJP on March 21 2008 07:57:02
I heard there's a video for 'I Need You' on the MTW and VH1 websites. Killer song!
#3 | rostoned on April 24 2008 22:16:50
I have the us version with a different cover. maybe the one shown above was the australian one George?
#4 | gdazegod on April 24 2008 22:40:09
Yes it was Filippo, released by RCA Australia for the Aust/NZ markets back then.
#5 | KurtmanJP on January 21 2009 17:36:30
The best songs on this album IMO are "I Need You" and "We Can Try".
#6 | Danielovich on February 13 2010 08:54:50
Australia and Canada are always a source of outstanding melodic outfits. Few bands but amazing nonetheless!
#7 | gdazegod on February 13 2010 09:36:06
Expect to see a lot more 'rare' Aussie releases being reviewed. Now that I live in the Great Southern Land, I am being exposed to a raft of acts that went unnoticed back in the day.
#8 | Eric on October 22 2010 02:18:34
Some of these songs appeared on Randall Waller's 1980 solo album 'Midnight Fire'. Released on Tunesmith, you'd never guess by the cover (Waller in suit sitting by a fireplace) it's a high quality rock album. Hard to find, but worth the effort...
#9 | swazi on March 15 2012 14:50:03
Both releases are stunning, but I also prefer the first one. Hang Loose Records used to sell those dubious, but well made, bootleg CD's, but they seem to be sold out in the meantime.
 
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