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AEROVONS – Resurrection

The Aerovons were an American band who released one single in 1966, and then a few years later were signed by EMI and whisked over to the UK to record at Abbey Road studios. While there they met, and were obviously influenced by, The Beatles, and the result of those recording sessions is this album, which was eventually released 34 years later. OK, perhaps they wear their influence just a bit too blatantly on their sleeves, and in some cases you can even identify the songs that they cribbed from (‘And I Love Her’ for their ‘With Her’, ‘Across The Universe’ for ‘Resurrection’ to name but two), and the Anglicised vocals only enhance the comparisons, but the music does have a certain charm to it, and on the whole this is a great pop album. ‘World Of You’ is one of the few tracks where the band’s own personality shines through, and it was the demo for this song which got them the EMI deal. ‘Quotes And Photos’ is a pop-sike gem, with some good fuzz-guitar fills, and ‘Words From A Song’ is a harmony laden Beach Boys-like ballad. ‘Bessy Goodheart’ is one of those good-time vaudeville songs that a lot of American bands felt that they had to put on their albums, but it is much better than a lot that I have heard. ‘She’s Not Dead’ and ‘The Years’ are two good examples of the band’s attempts at psyche-rock and the pop ballad, and ‘The Children’ could be seen as their take on progressive pop. That 1966 single – ‘The Train’ \ ‘Song For Jane’ – is included as a bonus, along with the deal-clinching demo of ‘World Of You’, making for a rounded retrospective of a band that could have been as big as, say, Badfinger, given the right breaks. For fans of The Beatles, and well-crafted pop in general.

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