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Midnight Wire [Import]

Curved Air Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000006XY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman On A One Night Stand
2. Day Breaks My Heart
3. The Fool
4. Pipe Of Dreams
5. Orange Street Blues
6. Dance of Love
7. Midnight Wire

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes , you shouldn't return. 23 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
But sometimes.... you should. I have no idea why but I was very fond of Curved Air at the time. Never got to see them and of course there was no such thing as a CD , back then. This particular album I only ever had on a cassette tape which self-destructed as per usual but I had good memories of it and when I saw it on Amazon......
If you like Curved Air , this is nice. It's a bit smoother than some of their output ( a bit like Airborne ) and the band were certainly in good form for this one , as was the estimable Ms Kristina !
Well worth a listen .
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars good service and a brilliant cd to boot 2 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I knew of Curved air many years ago, with he pleasure of Amazon I have now completed a long standing promise to buy some of their CDs. Service has always been good and the cd is brilliant and a major offering from Curved Air.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Wire: A Symphony For the Forgotten Mediocrites 22 April 2000
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
This debut album of the third incarnation of Curved Air is one of the most unusual approaches to music-making; it focuses its mood on humbleness rather than blaring flashiness and on soft passion rather than obvious passion. This is undoubtably Curved Air's best mood album,and as far as essential creativity goes,this is tremendously high-ranking in the hierarchy of the world's music. All this and more from a group that was supposedly on the verge of total disintegration and disillusionment. The group at this point consisted of Darryl Way(Violin,piano),Stewart Copeland(Drums),Mick Jacques(Guitars),and Sonja Kristina(Vocals). Sonja's vocals are so intense,passionate,and full of emotion that many,I have observed,are overwhelmed and are unable to appreciate their beauty. Darryl plays incredible violin,both as lovely as harp and as upbeat as guitar; he is a true master of the instrument. Jacques has a knack for playing a very grooving guitar,but also
plays some very powerful stuff. Stewart's drums are varied-at times jazzy,at others shocking,but always good. Curved Air is also supported by excellent sessionists. Although both the keyboardist and John Perry,the bassist,are noteworthy,it is lyricist Norma Tager who earns the most attention. Norma Tager's lyrics are wonderful, epic portrayals of what we think of as dull and typical lives. Darryl dominates the group's songwriting in terms of both quality and quantity. His
compositions include "Day Breaks My Heart", outwardly sad and mourning,yet inwardly a testament to the fact that there is a reason that a heart can be broken;"Orange Street Blues",an amazingly fun yet phenomenally sophisticated rocker;and "Midnight Wire",a 7 minute epic of intense emotion. Dark,powerful,tragic,intense, soft-a true masterpiece. "The Fool",a co-write between Darryl and Mick,is a crafty take into the world of folk music while remaining true to the style of the group and album. "Dance of Love",by the same composers,is a bit pop-ish but has incredible vocals by Sonja- terrifically passionate and trembling-and a beautiful violin solo from Darryl. Mick Jacques's own composition is a rather trippy and fascinating instrumental called "Pipe of Dreams". Sonja also manages to get one of her compositions on the album,an intensely passionate song called "Woman on a One Night Stand". This song is not only one of Sonja's most elaborate creations,but also one of her most breathtaking with its unpredictable vocals,haunting guitar,and devil-may-care violin. This album keeps Curved Air's usual genius-conceived mix of hard rock,soft rock, progressive,and classical,yet also steps outside the boundaries of anything that has ever been done before. Using a relatively small and untried band,they nonetheless succeed in creating a masterful album. An essential for Curved Air lovers,and an album which anyone with taste should at least brifly consider.
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtly Impressive 9 Jan 2014
By D. Mulhollen - Published on Amazon.com
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1975 was a year of transition for Curved Air. Monkman and Pilkington-Miksa were gone and Darryl Way seemed intent to move in a different direction with guitarist Mick Jacques and drummer Stewart Copland in a band alternately called "Stark Naked" and the "Car Thieves". Meanwhile Sonja Kristina befriended a lyricist named Norma Tager.

They all came together and "Midnight Wire" was the result, more jazz-pop than in the past and a tad less progressive. The blending of Jacques' guitar with Ways violin set a very nice tone for the album, and Kristina's voice had gained some depth and subtlety.

While nothing stands out as significantly as "Metamorphosis", "Vivaldi", or "Moonshine", there are also no duds. The band would stick together just long enough to release the more impressive "Airborne" in 1976. Copeland would go on to form the Police, and a reformed Curved Air would return in 2008 with Kristina, Pilkington-Miska, and currently Kirby Gregory from Air Cut (A new album is in the works.)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More add-on than intro 24 Feb 2010
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Moderately compelling art-pop is too short to startle but does provide occasional uplift.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cover artwork is misleading... 26 Dec 1999
By loteq - Published on Amazon.com
A series of personnel changes led to the line-up documented on this album, featuring drummer Stewart Copeland, who would later become a member of The Police. However, the musicianship is loose and unfocused and the music of "Midnight wire" hardly goes beyond mainstream jazz-rock. Curved Air show only little effort, and the lyrics were done by a ghostwriter. Yes, the music isn't as fiery as the cover artwork might indicate. It shows a burning pharao snake, this is a kind of firecracker leaving behind a voluminous black ash. There are some enjoyable songs though, "Woman on.." with some old-style rock piano, the moody "Pipe of dreams" and the up-tempo "Orange street blues". The rest is lightweight and doesn't leave a lasting impression. It's as nice album, but not Curved Air's best and not one of my favourites.
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocrity Unbound 3 July 2004
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I never heard Curved Air when they were current in the 70s, but I found this CD while searching for another band (Wolf) violinist Darryl Way had been involved in. In that band, Way offered virtuoso performances. Unfortunately, any recordings of Wolf are unavailable on CD so I was hoping to find some of Way's virtuosity with Curved Air. Alas, it did not happen.
Midnight Wire is replete with lame melodies and second-rate lyrics. The unexceptional vocal talents of Sonja Kristina don't help it any. Her best vocal effort, which isn't all that great, is heard on Dance of Love which also features Way's best violin solo. The best tune on the CD is the unremarkable instrumental Pipe of Dreams.
I sure didn't hear what I was hoping to when I bought this. Actually, I heard no good reason why it was reissued in the first place. Midnight Wire is mediocrity unbound and it is far too expensive for its brevity. Unless you are already a confirmed Curved Air fan, you probably should keep your hard-earned money and buy something else instead. I wish I had.
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