Aviator - 1986 Aviator

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edited August 2 in year-1986


ARTIST: Aviator
ALBUM: Aviator
YEAR: 1986
CD REISSUE: 1997, Escape Music, ESM 017 * 2019 Rock Candy Records


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 70's 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 ..) 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.

Kudos also to Rock candy records for reissuing this once again 22 years after the Escape version.

Another album that requires a compulsory seat in your collection.

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