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Air Conditioning

Curved Air Vinyl
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CURVED AIR Air Conditioning (Mid 70s UK issue of the 1970 10-track vinyl LP on the Burbank label the debut album by the British progressive rock band featuring Sonja Kristina picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minimal storage wear with just a few light and the vinyl remains in near as new condition! K56004)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece from the early 70's 10 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have the original disc from 1970 and this CD with the last track "Vivaldi with Cannons". At the time I was really taken by the creative and complex nature of this UK band, and the voice (and looks) of Sonja Kristina Linwood. I saw them in Bournemouth in 1971 and was really impressed by the power and drive of their music. Even listening to the CD today I must say Air Conditioning contains a rich collection of different fantastic songs. The CD moves from the intense "It Happened Today", the great violin in "Stretch", the haunting "Situations", and the fantastic "Vivaldi" (and "Vivaldi with Cannons"). It is a shame that the original has not been digitally re-mastered because I think it would sound even more impressive today. This is one of my real favourites of the early 70's.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a timeless classic which brought Vivaldi into the popular music arena long before Nigel Kennedy ever picked up a bow. Jazzy electric violin with moody vocals from Sonia Kristina - an original and one for everyone's collection. This is a one-off and has no equal.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rough Mix 31 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was a huge fan of Curved Air in the 70's, saw them loads and bought the vinyl. so the oppertunity to own it on CD was a good one. However, please be aware that this is NOT a remastered edition but one that appears to have been taken straight off the vinyl, and not very well. The sound quality is appalling. You have been warned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Picture Disc I Played. 26 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
In the early 1970's a friend of my brother's lent him this record and I could not play it enough.
Progressive folk/rock like I/d never heard before and on a striking picture disc too.
The mixture of electric violins with rock music is simply out of his world.
This remains in my 10 top recordings of all time, at least until I change my mind and recalling it was released in 1970, way before its time including bands like ELO.
Try this album and I'll be very suprised if you don't find it gets your attention and keeps it from beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blowing Hot & Cold 28 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
Curved Air were way (excuse the pun) ahead of their time back in the early 70's with one of the first electronic violinists, the first album picture disc and of course the stunning Sonja on vocals.
I must have heard them at the time (probably on Fluff Freeman's show?) but until now could only recall their top ten single "back street luv" i.e they were never on my list of must-have albums!!
However, having recently come across a very cheap copy of this album I thought i'd give it a belated listen.
This issue is one of Rhino's "classic album,back in print" series but has very little in the way of liner notes/background info which is a shame. The album opens with "it happened today" and i was surprised as to how "warbly" Sonja's vocals were (a similar style is also evident on "hide and seek") and for me they spoiled a good song. The next track has a bluesy feel with distorted violin and this is followed by a couple of quieter more psychedelic tracks.
The piece de resistance I suppose would be the 7.30 minute instrumental "vivaldi" which is a platform for Darryl Way's electronic violin playing. No doubt groundbreaking at the time it's fairly old hat now albeit still very listenable.
The best track is the 6 minute "situations" which is the only track that could be said to be truly prog-rock as it has time changes, quiet parts, noisy parts and some lovely guitar & keyboard segments. Unfortunately the album ends with the rather silly "vivaldi with cannons"!!
I might have felt differently about it had i bought it at the time but 40 years later it's not particularly special.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From The Past 13 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on vinyl when it came out in 1970 and ever since have had a soft spot for Curved Air, so was very pleased to be able to get it on CD. My copy is from Warner Bros. and has the original 10 tracks, including Vivaldi with Cannons and comes with a lyrics booklet. Do check which version you are buying as some appear to leave out this last track. Personally, I am very happy with the sound quality; Darryl Way's violin rasps away and can go right through you at times; Sonja Kristina's voice is very strong and as seductive as when I first heard it as an impressionable 16 year old lad. It Happened Today and Vivaldi particularly stand out but all the tracks are solid with no fillers at all. It is a CD to be played loud. Very prog. Excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memories revisited 19 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
Did you have the original on vinyl - with the coloured disc? My boyfriend at the time did - Oh how I coveted it. Ok - so that gives my age away - Memories of being 15 or so. Sonja Kristina still rocks. An early introduction to how pop and calssical could misx - Always did love their Vivaldi. It was a classic of it's time and still sounds good today.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality 1 Sep 2009
By Hifly
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a classic prog rock album from the early 1970's. Curved Air's first four albums are all outstanding. The problem with this re-issue is the anaemic and thin sound quality - the album is crying out to be remastered. Otherwise an unreserved 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album good service
Published 7 days ago by carol shaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Airing of poor quality!
Sounds like it was recorded in a tin box and Sonjia Christine was singing into a paper bag - very poor quality of sound.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Christopher Carver
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Progressive Bands
If you read enough of my reviews, you will realise that progressive early seventies rock is one of my favourite areas. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Favourite Rescued from Audio Oblivion.
I first heard Air Conditioning at a friend's house in 1971, on his father's, then up market HiFi and was I impressed! Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. T. Garratt
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better contrived bands of the era
A couple of great tracks and with modern technology allowing Vivaldi to be shifted to the back (which was always the big "turn-off" even from vinyl days quite a good... Read more
Published 14 months ago by n mills
3.0 out of 5 stars Patchy
Probably like all 'fusion' music some bits have aged better than others. In this case the 'rock' bits, whilst clearly of their time, have lasted whereas the 'prog' bits haven't. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by Graham R. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Curved Air - Air Coditioning
I went to see Curved Air recentley, They were so good i thought i would buy this classic album as i had the Original on vinyl. Still love it.
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Oggy 1953
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Review
Brilliant in 1967, brilliant now. The sound recording is great, not as bad as many would suggest. Just turn up the volume a little for best effect. WOW!!!
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by D. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars First airing
I have owned and cherished 'Second Album' for many years without knowing any of Curved Air's other releases, so at long last I thought I'd take the plunge on their debut. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a breath of fresh Air..
As the other reviewers have said, this is a great album but it really does cry out for a remastering job - AND, more importantly, the addition of the so-far unissued-on-CD track... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by Kev H
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