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  • Original Release Date: 9 May 2012
  • Label: Repertoire Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Repertoire Records
  • Total Length: 2:29:14
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  • ASIN: B0082BMMQ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,467 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Muzikat on 13 Sep 2010
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I was only really familiar with a handful of tracks by Curved Air (It Happened Today, Back Street Luv, Vivaldi, etc.) and thought it was about time to explore this highly underrated band a little further. Deciding to plug a gap in my music collection, I thought this anthology would be a good place to start. When it arrived I pored over the sumptuous packaging and glanced through the booklet at the in-depth biography. So far, so good. It was when I popped the first disc into my CD player that I really sat up and paid attention. The sound is great - crisp, deep and fresh. And the music... What a revelation. Every single track is impressive, running the gamut between hook-laden rock to sophisticated classical-influenced prog. Now, for some, the word PROG is anathema, but don't be put off. The tracks on this collection show great inventiveness (due largely to the presence of Darryl Way's fantastic violin virtuosity), with original arrangements and fine musicianship throughout. And then there's Sonja's voice - wow! Coming across like a happier, more emotional Nico, she lifts every track to new heights. Sonja Christina is one of the truly great unsung voices of rock music and should be heard, savoured and praised without delay. And all this was after playing only the first disc.

Disc two is even better. As this anthology unfurls chronologically, we hear the band grow in confidence and compositional grandeur. Simply put, the more we hear, the better they get. The disc rounds off with a few tracks from a much more recent Sonja solo project, but she proves the passing years have done little to degrade he wonderful voice.

To fans of Curverd Air, this review is simply stating the obvious but, if like me, you are curious about a band you have little experince of, I urge you to give this collection a go. For the price of a couple of pints you can have over two hours of some of the best music from the Golden Age of progressive rock. Just buy it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jan 2011
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Curved Air - Retrospective Anthology 1970 - 2009 (Repertoire)
Before the review starts proper, let's make one thing clear. This two-disc anthology release from Repertoire sounds a hell of a lot better than the band's previous CD releases - the stuff I've heard, anyway. I don't know whether it's been radically remastered or the source material is simply better, but it sounds razor sharp and alive compared to earlier reissues.

I can't say I was overly familiar with the complete Curved Air canon. I knew their earlier material fairly well and a few other tracks from various sources, and I was eager to find out more. This was definitely the place to start. The packaging is spot on. They seem to have captured the early `70s just right and the booklet is informative and well written. Put the first CD in the player and the fun really starts. The early albums are well represented, and "It Happened Today" provides the perfect launch track - rather than the `hit' "Back Street Luv". Their style, classical influenced progressive rock with electric violin and a vocalist in Sonja Kristina who was distinctive, to say the least, may not sit well with 21st century tastes, but frankly that's the 21st century's loss. Disc two is equally impressive, and ends with a trio of tracks from Kristina's recordings with Mask, a recent solo project.

Overall, an excellent introduction to Curved Air, and given the lack of decent CDs, fans should invest promptly. It'll definitely tide them over until the proper albums are given the reissue treatment they deserve. 9/10.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By D. Evans VINE VOICE on 5 July 2010
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It's hardly surprising that music was the most important thing in the world for us when I was at secondary school, as not only did I attend an all boys' grammar school, but my period there covered the years 1969 - 1974, virtually the exact era of the beginning and end of classic rock / progressive rock. If you weren't seen carrying an album under your arm (the more obscure the better!) you weren't part of the crowd. Just think of all the classic rock and prog rock albums that were released during those five years. I didn't really get into it until the second half of the period when the weekly discovery of bands, both new and by then already established, seemed an endless activity. In truth there were probably far less bands than there are these days. Maybe a dozen real superstars, a couple of dozen second division bands and forty / fifty who were usually making up the numbers at the era's many festivals. Curved Air were probably somewhere towards the bottom of the second division.
In many ways however the band epitomised the era for me. They were already established when I first heard of them having released their first four albums, the first of which was the first ever picture disc, apart from the hit single 'Back Street Luv' I never really heard much by them although a friend had bought Phantasmagoria and swore by it, several times offering to lend it to me, but I never took him up on the offer.
There was actually something faintly exotic about such bands that your mates loved, but you never saw on TV and rarely heard on the radio; and of course to make them even more exotic and unusual Curved Air had an electric violin - and Sonja Kristina.
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