Thursday, December 28, 2006

Curved Air - "Midnight Wire" {UK} [1975] (Prog Rock)

Track listing:
01. Woman On a One Night Stand (5:06)
02. Day Breaks My Heart (4:38)
03. The Fool (4:27)
04. Pipe of Dreams (3:58)
05. Orange Street Blues (5:01)
06. Dance of Love (4:36)
07. Midnight Wire (7:32)




Line-up:
- Stewart Copeland / drums
- Mick Jacques / guitars
- Sonja Kristina / vocals
- Darryl Way / violin, keyboards, vocals
Guest Musicians:
- John Perry / bass
- Peter Wood / keyboards
- Derek Damain / backing vocals
- Norma Tager / lyrics

Curved Air was founded in 1969 by Francis Monkman (keyboards, guitar), Darryl Way (electric violin, vocals), Sonja Kristina Linwood (vocals), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums), Rob Martin (bass). The group evolved from the band Sisyphus and was named by Monkman after the piece A Rainbow in Curved Air by contemporary composer Terry Riley.

The line-up experienced frequent changes, Ian Eyre taking over on bass for the second album and Mike Wedgwood for the third; later members included Eddie Jobson (later Roxy Music, Frank Zappa and Jethro Tull), Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Tony Reeves (ex-Greenslade, Colosseum, John Mayall). Only Sonja Kristina continuously remained as member. Monkman, member of Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, was later to play with John Williams in a group called Sky.

The musicians developed from quite different artistic backgrounds, classic, folk, and electronic sound, which resulted in a mixture of progressive rock, folk rock, and fusion with classical elements.

The band's groundbreaking 1970 debut , Air Conditioning, reached no. 8 in the UK Albums Chart, and was the first ever picture disc. In 1976 the band recorded their last studio album and then eventually split . Intermittently since then, the group, particularly in its original line-up, has re-joined for periodic concerts, one of which in 1990 gave rise to another live album.


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5 comments:

Opa-Loka said...
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RS said...

Drats! It's been deleted. Anyway of uploading this again dude? Been looking for this one for ages. Cheerio!

Opa-Loka said...

http://lix.in/c9065d

SCION said...

Thanks for posting this one.
It's not up to AIR CUT (by a long shot), nor the first three albums.
But it's entertaining. If it's a Sonja-promo, well, she's beautiful and can sing, so that' cool. And at least Way gets in a nice violin lick here and there.

RS said...

Thanks for sharing this, bro! It brings back loads of '70s memories. Arguably Curved Air's bluesiest and brightest effort. Happy New Year.

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