November 26, 2004

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Artist: Aerial




Brian Meissner (bass, guitar)
Laurie Currie (drums, vocals)
Gary O'Connor (vocals, guitar)
Malcolm Buchanan (keyboards)
Tim White (guitar, vocals; replaced O'Connor 1979)

From the ashes of Beatles tribute band Liverpool -- who were signed to do several singles of original material in 1975, including the radio hit "Dolly", on Ray Danniel's financially troubled Taurus Records, Aerial was born as the first signing to Danniels' new label Anthem Records (Rush, Max Webster).

Their debut album, 'In The Middle Of The Night', was released in 1978 and spawned two singles: "Easy Love", which was an instant Top-40 hit, and its follow-up "If Only I Were Older". O'Connor's frustration at lack of song representation in the band led him to leave shortly thereafter.

Aerial brought in Tim White to replace O'Connor for their Ian Thomas produced 1980 follow-up album 'Maneuvers'. The record spawned two more radio singles in "Moments Like This" and "Tears That You Cry".

Following the band's demise in 1981, Gary O'Connor would be signed to Capitol Records for a self-titled debut LP, and release a second solo album on RCA before becoming world renowned as a songwriter for such acts as .38 Special, Molly Hatchet, and Eddie Money among others; drummer Laurie Currie returned to his home in Saskatchewan playing in a band called the Doug Boomhower Quartet (2001) and The Maurice Drouin Jazz Show (2002); Meissner stayed in Toronto and has been recording solo material in recent years and has recently reunited with original Liverpool members Pearson and Moyle to reform that band.

with notes from Vic Giggani, Rick Pearson, Gary O'Connor, Michael Gillespie, Bob Walker, Dave Sampson, and Chris Stask.


Singles
1978 Easy Love/Race To The Sun (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-006
1978 If Only I Were Older/All Right (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-008
1078 Harmony/Gypsy Face (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-011
1979 Moments Like This/Tell Me (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-016
1980 Tears That You Cry/Up In The Air (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANS-024
1980 Tears That You Cry/Moments Like This (RCA - USA) 4545

Albums
1978 In The Middle Of The Night (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANR-1-1011
1980 Maneuvers (Anthem/Capitol-EMI) ANR-1-1026

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Compilation Tracks




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