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Aviator - 1986 Aviator

ARTIST: Aviator
ALBUM: Aviator
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 1997, Escape Music, ESM 017


LINEUP: Ernie White - vocals * Richie Cerniglia - guitars * Steve Vitale - bass * Mike Ricciardella - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Frontline * 02 Back On The Street * 03 Don't Turn Away * 04 Wrong Place Wrong Time * 05 Never Let The Rock Stop * 06 Comeback * 07 Magic * 08 Can't Stop * 09 Too Young * 10 Every Schoolboy Knows * 11 Through The Night * 12 Woman In Love (bonus) * 13 Holding On (bonus)

An album held in high esteem by the melodic rock community for years, and cherished in the rock press during those heydays of the 1980's. Aviator came together with Cerniglia and Ricciardella coming from the New York band Wiggy Bits (also featuring Balance's Peppy Castro), before moving on to form Network. Wiggy Bits sounded very seventies and very dated by today's standards while Network were more commercially accessible. On Aviator however they move right into the centre lane of melodic rock with the much acclaimed Neil Kernon doing the deed.

The Songs
Pretty much resembling Icon (circa 'Night Of The Crime') though far more melodic and far more commercial is how best to describe their one and only album. You'd be hard pressed to find any better moments in melodic rock than 'Frontline' (yes the track that started it all and spawned the band and spawned the Swedish magazine .. hi Par, hi Ola !) and 'Comeback'. Most of the other songs are high class rockers that move with an authority that only musicians like these can play.

In Summary
Again, it must be reminded that this album for all it's potential, suffered at the box office. Some Aviator demo's as well as Ernie White demo's turned up three years later, while Escape Music did the unthinkable and got this album a re-release some twelve years after the event! Well done chaps. Another album that requires a compulsory seat in your collection.

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#1 | sabace on January 06 2008 17:07:28
excellent lp but suffers with a dead drum sound similar to michael boltons everybodys crazy!
#2 | vinyldinosaurus on March 20 2008 17:59:55
I just found out the hard way that there are two bands called Aviator and I ordered the wrong one. Oh well, hopefully it will be good. The search for this Aviator continues...
#3 | Eric on March 20 2008 19:53:52
The British Aviator that released two albums in the late 70's 'Aviator' and 'Turbulance' and you didn't like em?hmm!
#4 | vinyldinosaurus on March 21 2008 15:21:29
Eric, I just received the S/T by the British Aviator yesterday. Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. Is it any good? When I purchased it online, I thought I was purchasing the American Aviator's 1986 lp. Will definitely check it out this weekend. Hopefully this will be a happy mistake.
#5 | Eric on March 21 2008 18:58:55
Yeah, I enjoy both Aviator albums- still not on CD. Here's a good biography on the band:
#6 | rostoned on April 12 2008 21:30:02
excellent songs all over this and heavy pompous production: a winner.
#7 | Jez on June 13 2008 11:07:06
This was another of my Fave raves when it was first issued in the mid 80's & is a disc I still really like & play quite often. Classy Melodic rock, choc to the brim with great songs- 'Wrong Place Wrong Time' 'Frontline' & 'Too Young' especially hit the mark. The Bonus tracks are ok but hardly essential listening. Most people here will have this one already, so nothing more need be said.
#8 | richardb on June 13 2008 12:18:18
A great album if a little formulaic in places - some great guitar work by Cerniglia. My fave cuts are 'Back on the streets' (great solo from Cerniglia) and the quirky hi-tech (but punchy) 'Every schoolboy knows'.

Richard B
#9 | DIGITAL on October 31 2010 11:54:01
Great album
#10 | rkbluez on July 03 2012 21:37:07
Great album one of my favorites from that era.
#11 | super80boy on June 28 2014 01:51:23
A mammoth melodic rock release with 11 prime cuts that for the most part, went unnoticed. I've had the Escape reissue CD for many years but recently picked up a nice clean vinyl version and it came with the hype sticker touting the 'Hit' songs 'Frontline' and 'Don't Turn Away'. I know 'Frontline' was released as a 12' single as well.
#12 | gdazegod on September 29 2014 01:17:16
We probably shouldn't overlook Neil Kernon's contribution to this album. In late years, many critics called him 'the curse of Kernon', because many of the bands he produced didn't do so well at the box office. Oh well..
#13 | reyno-roxx on February 13 2016 23:21:08
Erne White was in the Casablanca signed Sam The Band a few years before Aviator, a band that seemingly had their one and only album release buried deeper than Trigger or Paul Carrovello's pre-Kiss disco band Lightning were..
#14 | rostoned on April 01 2016 13:43:03
Ernie White's bio on his site says that he recorded an album with Sam The Band for Casablanca. Oddly checking the LP credits his name is nowhere to be found,I have an original in my collection.

I suspect he joined them after the LP was released. Ernie infact does appear instead on the excellent Ian Hunter (!) produced, non LP single 'Dangerous Eyes'/'Eve Of Destruction' released on Nebula Records in 1980
#15 | gdazegod on April 01 2016 14:03:53
Before I depart this mortal coil, I hope to see this album given a proper CD reissue.
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