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Blast From The Past – Curved Air

Curved Air were a British group at the edge of the progressive rock genre who formed in 1970.

The group evolved out of the band Sisyphus,and was named after the piece “A Rainbow in Curved Air” by contemporary composer Terry Riley (who was also one of the influence of Pete Townshend see Baba O’Riley).

The musicians came 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, Curved Air were one of the first rock bands to feature a violin.

The first lineup consisted of:

  • Francis Monkman – (keyboards, guitar)
  • Darryl Way – (electric violin, vocals)
  • Sonja Kristina Linwood – (vocals)
  • Florian Pilkington-Miksa – (drums)
  • Rob Martin – (bass guitar).

The band underwent many changes but perhaps of biggest note was the inclusion of Stewart Copeland as a full member between 1975-1977 before he went on to join The Police.

The band’s 1970 debut, Airconditioning, reached number 8 in the UK Albums Chart, and was one of the first vinyl picture discs to be released in a limited edition of 10,000.

Their next album had a title which was thought of long and hard…..”Second Album”

This album featured perhaps their best known song “Back Street Luv”

You might be asking how I came to discover Curver Air, well it was through my mid 70’s fetish for “live albums” and the 1975 release of “Curved Air Live” was yet another purchase from Currie and Hall in Dumbarton from the then Jane McLaren who much later became my sister-in-law.

“Marie Antoinette” (Live) – Curved Air

After 1975 Curved Air (plus most other progressive rock) left my radar following the arrival of punk/new wave which was much more suited to a 15 year old!

Curved Air are however still active in some form and played Glastonbury this year, perhaps what goes round come around for more information on them and to buy their new album “Reborn” click HERE

To buy their earlier music click HERE

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment


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