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Aviator [Import]

Aviator Audio CD

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great underrated album for any fan of 80s rock Oct. 15 2007
By Glen Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aviator, not to be confused with the same-named 70s group with Jack Lancaster, is a little-known band from the 80s that made this above-average album in 1986. Features the excellent guitar playing and strong, growly singing that should please Aerosmith fans, along with catchy hooks and background instrumentation that give it the pop sensibility that might please fans of artists like Journey or Huey Lewis. Good no matter which way you look at it, and certainly worth hunting down.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best unknown lead guitarist Oct. 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If not for more then a few shaddy record contracts Ernie White would probably be known by many as one of the best lead gutarist ever.If you like 70s Rock youll be suprised that most of the songs on this CD didnt make it to the radio play list.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a review, but a question. Jan. 13 2013
By Metaljim - Published on Amazon.com
Why is there a picture of the classic Aviator debut from 1979 on this page, when ALL the reviews are clearly referring to a completely different band? Were the reviews here before the picture? How or why would someone add a picture from an unrelated artist to what was obviously a review page for a different band? I don't know the band that these reviewers are referring to, but they're obviously fans who enjoyed the album. The album that is pictured is the original Aviator, which was a spin-off from Manfred Mann's Earth Band. It featured ex-MMEB vocalist/guitarist Mick Rogers and ex-Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker. This page could certainly confuse people, because I almost ordered a CD here thinking it was the Aviator with Mick Rogers. Thankfully I read the reviews first!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential AOR album if ever there was one! Aug. 7 2012
By TheManWhoKnewTooMuch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit that AVIATOR initially flew under my radar in the mid 80s before luckily discovering this gem a few years after its release. It became an instant AOR fave I still play frequently to this day, maybe more than any AOR/melodic rock album from that era.

AVIATOR were simply THE perfect AOR band and they should've made a major impact with their debut (but then again, they were signed to RCA, a notoriously clueless label when it came to promoting and marketing harder rock of any kind). They had great, I mean GREAT songs, radio ready hooks galore, a top shelf vocalist with a unique voice in Ernie White, well accentuated keyboards in just the right places, instead letting the high octane guitars of Ernie White and Richie Cerniglia do the talking and driving the songs, supported by a tight, very effective rhythm section (Steve Vitale and Michael Ricciardella on bass and drums, respectively).

AVIATOR come out of the gate all guns blazing with the mucho ass kicking 'Front Line' and the equally convincing 'Back on the Street', one of the greatest 1-2 punches on any AOR record. You could stop (listening) now because you're already sold if you didn't own the album already. 'Never Let The Rock Stop' is how you do a great fist pumping anthem without dumbing it down to Def Leppard - 'Let's Get Rocked' annoyance. 'Come Back' picks up the tempo but retains the anthem factor, delivering with yet another great chorus that'll stick in your head. 'Magic' is an awesome mid-tempo coaster in the vein of John Waite's 'Missing You' - the radio monster hit that should've been. Fantastic stuff! 'Can't Stop' is another cranking tune that turns up the heat (red hot lead break, too!). And 'Every Schoolboy Knows' is interesting as the band marries a rigid, almost semi-industrial rhythmic feel with AOR gradiosity, topped off by a wild Trevor Rabin-style octave divider guitar solo.

I could go on and rave about every single track on here - they're all that good. One of those albums you can pop in and you'll never want to skip a song. And avid Aviator fans get an extra treat as the CD re-issue contains 2 bonus tracks, 'Woman In Love' and 'Holding On'. The latter is a classy, somewhat somber slice of AOR while 'Woman In Love' is a basic rocker, Aviator as stripped down as you'll ever hear them.

The icing on the 'Aviator' cake is Neil Kernon's masterful production which captures the band's euphoric stadium rock sound perfectly. Kernon, who had also done excellent work with Dokken, Queensryche, Streets, Kansas and Michael Bolton in the mid 80s, knows how to dial in just the right amount of AOR polish without losing any of the vital rock edge. No wonder this album has aged beautifully and sounds as good as ever.

Bottom line: 'Aviator' is ear candy of the highest order and I'll put this up against any Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi or whatever album. Essential purchase for any self-respecting lover of AOR, melodic rock and quality 80's style rock, period.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! One one my favorite movies. Thats all I wnt or need to say. Speaks for its self. Love, love, love. Sept. 19 2013
By Marina Torpin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One one my favorite movies. Thats all I wnt or need to say. Speaks for its self. Love, love, love.

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