"Aviator" is the first track on Michael Chapman's second album, Fully Qualified Survivor
, which was released in 1970. Reviewing it forTriste
magazine, Steven Wilcock said: "I cannot think of another 9-minute song that doesn't seem to last long enough. The lyrics on the album evoke a feeling of hopelessness, and there is a kind of sad tone but all together I believe it can be an uplifting album."
The theme that runs through this album is alienation, none more so than this epic 9 minute 29 second song which includes mournful cello and violin.
One tiny criticism: "I light a cigarette just to try and slow my thoughts" - ugh! - the same horrible grammatical monstrosity appears in another great song, John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High
," and in many others including the far from great "Portrait Of My Love."