Avalon – Everyman A King [1982]

Country USA          Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Rick Neigher – Vocals,guitars, Chris Cote – Keyboards,vocals, Mike Mirage – Keyboards,guitars,vocals

Additional Musicians
Mike Porcaro – Bass, Jai Winding – Keyboards, Vinnie Colaiuta – Drums

Tracks
01. Can’t Find A Way To Say Goodbye, 02. Deeper Than The Heart, 03. Crossfire, 04. Writing On The Wall

PROFILE

Many of the classic albums in the AOR genre are long out of print, deliciously rare, and reached even greater status among the fans for it.  One of the rarest of the rare releases is a four-track mini-LP by the USA band Avalon (not to be confused with the Canadian pompsters).

Entitled “Everyman A King”, the record is produced by Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer and Pages and Jaco Pastorius producer Bobby Colomby, and features the talents of session players Vinnie Colaiuta, Mike Porcaro and Jai Winding, in addition to band members Rick Neigher, Chris Cote and Mike Mirage.

According to leader Rick Neigher, the band recorded a demo that got the attention of Bobby Colomby, who at the time was doing A&R for Capitol Records . Bobby saw them as a Pop/Rock/AOR version of his westcoast – jazzy flavored band Pages, which featured Richard Page, and went on to have hits as Mr. Mister. Bobby, being a drummer, did not like the band’s drummer Scott Norman playing, so he asked to meet a new discovery, Vinnie Colaiuta. “Vinnie was the most amazing phenomenon we had ever seen, and we used him on drums” says Neigher. Bobby also didn’t care for Avalon’s bass player Simon Teolis so he brought in Mike Porcaro – later of Toto. Needless to say, these replacements didn’t go over too big with Scott and Simon, so they quit.

Additionally, expertise musician and producer Jai Winding was part of the recording sessions, who helped with keyboards and arrangements. The label was not a big fan of Bobby Colomby’s abrasive and arrogant attitude, and they didn’t promote Avalon too much.  The disc got only scattered airplay, and sold very few copies. However, the record was a bit of a cult project in town and it won the band’s members some respect from the music community.

“Everyman A King” is a perfect mini-LP, no more description needed. One of the best AOR albums of all time. A Must Have!!!

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