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Blowing Hot & Cold,
This review is from: Air Conditioning (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.