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ariel-sprite_3Australian band Ariel was the brainchild of Mike Rudd and Bill Putt, following on from the break-up of their previous band Spectrum in April 1973. Ariel played blues-tinged rock with some country overtones.

The original line-up broke up in 1974 leaving only Rudd and Putt. John Lee (ex-Dingoes) joined on drums with Harvey James on guitar. Two months later the band left for their first trip to the UK.

Glyn Mason (ex-Chain) joined in January 1975 and the three guitar line-up recorded I’ll Take You High which appeared on the live various artists album A-Reefer-Derci on the Mushroom label.
In 1976 Harvey James left to join popmeisters Sherbet and a keyboard player, Tony Slavich, joined. The new line-up recorded I Can Do Anything and Goodnight Fiona.

The album was a showcase for Ariel’s pub-rock blues and country sound. It peaked at #19 in Melbourne during 1976.

Ariel called it a day with a lavish concert at Melbourne Dallas Brooks Hall on 21 August 1977. The concert resulted in the live albums Aloha Ariel and Ariel Alive! – More From Before.

Ariel75_2Mike Rudd 
Guitar, vocals, harmonica
Bill Putt 
Tim Gaze
Guitars, vocals
John Mills 
Nigel Macara
John Lee 
Harvey James 
Glyn Mason 
Tony Slavich 
Iain McLennan