157. Avion – Avion

AVION (1983)

Avion

A few decades before he would grace the stage nightly with country mega-star Shania Twain, guitarist and vocalist Randall Waller lead his band Avion with amazing guitars and vocals. The band would release two albums and Waller would release a solo project under the “Larry Norman Presents” banner on Tunesmith Records (reviewed previously).

In 1983 the band would release its first album on 1983 and despite great songs, top notch production and radio friendly image and music, the album just didn’t go anywhere. There are so many great songs jhere produced so incredibly well it becomes another one of those great frustrations in the music world. Several songs also appear on Waller’s “Midnight Fire.”

Straight ahead early 80’s rock with a touch of southern rock thrown in for fans of the Eagles (Long Run), Aerosmith, Loverboy and 38 Special. I Need You, Lady of the Night and Always waiting are those that also appear on Waller’s solo album, but appear here with slightly different arrangements and significantly better production.

“Once Bitten, Twice Shy” remains a favorite some 30 years later with it’s great rhythm guitar riff and sexy vocals. Waller commands the vocal stage so well it’s really amazing he never broke into the mainstream. The album can be a tough find but well worth the effort.

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  1. tim
    February 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Great choice on this one! (But BOOOOO that Knowledge & Innocence was so low!!!) 🙂

    I think that this is one of the few records in your countdown that if heard today for the first time would still sound good to someone who likes this era. There have been many records I’ve heard from this era of CCM that are supposedly great but they aren’t catchy at all to me. It makes SUCH a difference if you actually grew up with these and if they were a part of your life in some way. A good example is Lie Down In The Grass by Charlie Peacock. I somehow got a lot of the other Exit records releases when they came out but not that one. When I hear it now I cannot figure out what the great attraction is to it.

    So I guess my point is that the Avion record has the ability to transcend all that – it sounds great no matter when you hear it.

    I am grateful to have it!

  2. Brett C
    February 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    This is a great album but I still think that Randall’s Midnight Fire is better and deserves to be higher. I prefer the Midnight Fire versions of the three songs that appear here. The self titled Avion is a great album none the less and it is a shame that Randall and the boys never hit the big time and release more than 3 albums. Yes there is a third Avion album, it is a little known live album. I would love to find a copy of it one day.

  3. Grenville
    July 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    The Avion albums came out on mainstream labels RCA and later EMI and were not pitched to the Christian market. But a lot of young Christians went to see them anyway. 🙂

  4. Greenchili
    January 3, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Was it just me or does this album have a short run time..

    Or maybe I just enjoyed it so much that time flew?

  5. Ecron Muss
    January 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Some old Avion stuff is available for free at their Myspace page.

    Loved Diamond Eyes from this album.

    The remakes of songs from Randall’s solo album are better produced here, but not as good.

  6. y2daddy
    February 4, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Oh god i thought it said Avalon. Got to get my heart beating again before I can read further 🙂

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