Avalon, a true AOR masterpiece …
In 1982 the band Avalon did release the legendary mini album “Everyman A King” produced by Bobby Colomby. The “Avalon” album is today a true masterpiece in the westcoast/aor world.
AVALON were quite an enigma. The band not so much exploded onto the scene but escaped via the release of a four track EP issued on the Capitol label in 1982.
Although its marketing and promotion was low-key, the record caught the ears of dedicated melodic rock fans that soon realised this was an act with major potential and talent to spare. That the record didn’t trouble the charts or indeed many radio playlists is neither here nor there as its class and quality lodged it in the same league as music by Mr. Mister, Player, Ambrosia, and Christopher Cross.
It is sharp, melodic and beautifully arranged, with all the accoutrements normally associated with big selling acts from an era where songs and melody ruled the world. The band primarily consisted of two members, Chris Coté and Rick Neigher, two musicians who had connected in Los Angeles in the mid 70s and went on to achieve success with TV advertising and film music.
It was this partnership that turned their attention to writing and recording songs for their own project, put a band together (which included guitarist Mike Mirage) and look for a recording deal.
It was former Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby who had become an A&R guy at Capitol Records that recognised their talent and signed them. Proposed as a teaser for a full album which never materialised due to apparent internal label politics, the project soon went cold and floundered.
Everyman A King
Rock Candy Records 2021
Tracks: Can´t Find Way (To Say Goodbye), Deeper Than The Heart, Crossfire & The Writing On The Wall, Living In The Golden Years (Bonus Track), River Of No Return (Bonus Track), Midnight Rendezvous (Bonus Track), Love´s The Only Word, Spirits Of Love (Bonus Track), A Matter Of Time (Bonus Track) & Dreamland (Live) (Bonus Track).
Musicians on the Everyman A King album: Chris Cote, Rick Neigher, Mike Mirage, Jay Winding, Mike Porcaro, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mark Isham, Tim May and others.