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Curved Air: Airborne Import

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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: [Vinyl] BTM Records
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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I had this on Cassette ( ask parents / grand parents. ) for years , saw it on Amazon , and was transported back to the 70's . Does anyone remember the dingy VIrgin Records in Brum , Anyway worth buying for Moonshine , Sonjas voice in the opening lines still gives me goosebumps , anyway it's hard to review an album , I like it , others won't , it comes with a bonus track , which I don't like
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Perhaps not as consistent as "Midnight Wire" but it has a great range of styles and a few fantastic numbers like "Moonshine", "Juno" and "Broken Lady". The contrasts of previous albums are here, in atmospherics and nuances etc. Some of it is lighter and more bluesy which was their stated intent according to the booklet, and is done with the usual panache and class.
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Not Curved Airs best but certainly an enjoyable album to listen to. Sits nicely along with the others. No stand out classics but shouldn't be dismissed. Sonja still has a great voice.
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Love every song, highly recomended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once a fan, always a fan 9 Feb. 2000
By loteq - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Being slightly disappointed by "Lovechild" and "Second album", I wondered if I should buy another Curved Air record. Finally, I decided to get this one. Well, I have to say that this is a very good album, equally fine as their debut "Air conditioning". "Airborne" continues with the jazz-rock of "Midnight wire", but on a more melodic and less pretentious note. The playing of the band (once again featuring drummer Stewart Copeland who also co-wrote some songs) is tighter and more engaged. Without getting trite, the music flows like a well-oiled machine. The delicate pop song "Desiree" leaves you wallking on air for the rest of the day. Other standout tracks are "Kids to blame", "Hot and bothered", and "Baby please..", but everything here is good, even the 11-minute megawork "Moonshine". Unfortunately, this album failed to chart and Curved Air soon disbanded after its release.
4.0 out of 5 stars The cd plays fantastically no scratches or skips the booklet is in great shape case though has small crack on back otherwise ... 17 Aug. 2015
By Eric Stuart Massar - Published on
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The item above that I purchased of music cd by the group curved air was delivered on time with. I problems and delays. The cd plays fantastically no scratches or skips the booklet is in great shape case though has small crack on back otherwise no problems. Thank you very much for purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last But Definitely Not Least 31 Aug. 2010
By D. Mulhollen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Airborne was Curved Air's last studio Album, and shows them moving in a more radio-friendly direction. This is terribly ironic as it got precious little airplay in the US (a few more progressive rock stations where they already had fans the extent of it) and may have alienated some long-time fans. However song-for-song it stacks up very well against not only their previous work, but much of the music produced in 1976.

The album is consistently strong, starting off with "Deseree" an upbeat song about romantic impermanence. Sonja's voice is multi-tracked here (as it is throughout) to very good effect. "A Touch of Tequila" is a perfect summer song with evokes a sunny Caribbean afternoon. The eleven-minute "Moonshine" is the album's centerpiece, which has some very delicate moments, some nicely jazzy ones, and truly rocks at other times. And the original vinyl LP's closer "Dazed" is a melancholy look at life on the road.

The playing is top rate, and Sonja's voice has never been better--one complaint I had with the early Curved Air albums was how unnecessarily restrained her voice was. On Airborne she shines, her warm alto voice showing its full emotional depth. And finally there's the drummer, this Stewart Copeland fellow. Airborne displays all the greatness he was to win accolades for with his next band.
5.0 out of 5 stars the air's getting thick 31 July 2016
By Bryan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Before listening to Airborne I'm going to guess this album will be a more straight rock album given the bands decline. It just seems inevitable that Curved Air wouldn't be able to continue making albums with the same high levl of technical prowess found on Air Conditioning or Phantasmagoria, and looking at the song titles, the entire side one has short songs by progressive rock standards. Let's see!

"Moonshine" opens with eerie outerspace sounds before a really heavy guitar riff comes in, and a guitar solo soon follows. The bass work sort of reminds me of Hall & Oates "She's Gone" but it's brief. Sonja Kristina sings a sweeping elegant melody. She's singing more theatrically than usual. The melody's kind of slow but solid enough. A really funky guitar solo comes in after. Really awesome! "Floating in space, drifting through the stars, waiting and waiting for you to appear, gracing the sun, playing in the moonshine would be a pleasure if you were here too, come up and join me, come up and see me, leave all behind you, start something new, oooh".

Let's talk about my favorite part. "There will be good times, like the time before, when the earth was new and all was me and you" is a VERY uplifting and familiar melody. Pretty sure I heard this song before, or perhaps another Curved Air song resembles this part. I actually wonder if Curved Air borrowed this melody from a song they released prior. The way Sonja sings "We'll fly together from Jupiter to Mars, return old friends as we pass through the stars, so much to see so much to do, nothing to lose just me and you, oooh" sounds really dreamy. The violin sounds like it's aching afterwards, and a remarkable cool effect with the synths creating a steamy feel in the background.

Whoa! I LOVE the subtle funky groove that comes in after this. The impresssive drumming, and the violin riff gives the song a jazz/fusion vibe which is beyond amazing... but the TRULY amazing part is when the violin jams. Now I'm hooked! Ah, and the guitar solo. This is why prog rock is so amazing! Can you feel the variety! Okay forget the opening paragraph I wrote! The awesome "There will be good times, like the times before, when the earth was new and all was me and you" repeats again, and it's just as uplifting as ever. AWESOME song!

"Dazed" sounds really dramatic and dreamy. "Well here I got again, get ready to start the machine and remove all trace of blue with a smile as I leave the dressing room". Love how it picks up for the next line ( "Dazed by the lights of fame, go on and begin my reign"). You know I almost detect a Cyndi Lauper style in Sonja's singing voice, or am I crazy? I mean when I think of Cyndi Lauper I think of someone with an original voice, so it's strange someone before Cyndi sort of resembles her. I'm probably overthinking this one though.

Anyway the melody is dreamy and satisfying, and the guitar solo is another highlight. "Well now we're all alone, entertaining each other this way, I'll sing you a new love song while you sew me a veil of nothing wrong" and "And now it's time to go, get ready to pack the machine, and when I'm away from here all that's left are empty cans of beer" are both excellent melodies. Will you remember me? I know I'll remember you" is sung *very* beautifully. The ending reminds me of Abba (the part "Give it all, give it all to you, and I'll give even more, even more to you"). Either way I LOVE it!

"A Touch of Tequila" has a solid happy vocal melody. The verse melody is pretty awesome. Oooo, lying in the sun getting down getting brown, and I'm loving you, pictures in the sky, shadows dance eagles cry, and I'm loving you, honeysuckle haste, even sands easy breeze, and I'm loving you, my oh my it's summertime, never caught the stones, silver sea shining foam, and I'm loving you, always melt away, lazy waves dripping days, and I'm loving you, lying in the sun, getting down getting brown, and I'm loving you". This is an example of a tightly written song. Is tightly even a word? It is now, lol. Love the "Ooooh ooh ooh" and the lines "Love to be in love in summertime, touch of tequila sunshine" is a funnily sung part of the tune, and feels sillier when the synths come in.

"Juno" makes instantly happy with a fast violin part. That's how you win me over! Storyteller lyrics while maintaining the speedy violin part and fast rhythm work. "Juno was a star, everyone loved how he sang, they would follow him like the pied piper of Hamlin, with a song he'd make them cry, then he'd take them, make them laugh, when he sang it felt like magic, he was the king of them all, some who heard him sing, thought he was touched by the devil, Juno didn't care, he'd seen this before, they would still be there to see him, watching every move he made them, loving every note he sang them, he was the king of them all". Love the chorus ("Juno what's your secret? Are you human? Juno how'd you do it? Is it magic?") Hey what a cool vibraphone and violin solo at the end!

"Kids to Blame" (kids these days!) is a bit of a letdown. A typical midtempo rocker. "What's that fussing little Lane? Aw they hear you've gone insane, calling kids and pushing blame, police got numbers but no name" and "Hold it man, it ain't done, he knows who's right and who is wrong, but kids are wrong they ain't got no rights, they get the fulls of being on strong" Then again Sonja reminds me of early Geddy Lee (perhaps the proof I need that Geddy always sounded a little girl-ish- all due respect!) The chorus at the end is a bit weak to repeat so many times, I think ("Stop this chain stop this same, kids to blame kids to blame").

"Desiree" is enhanced by the female vocals. The song's between dreamy and rock-ish. The rhythm work is pretty good but this song is very straightforward. I sort of expect Curved Air to be... curvy! By curvy I mean prog rock-ish. This is too normal for them. The guitar solo is okay at least. Love the line about California dreamin' sweeping your love away.

The actual lyrics are this- "Desiree in the shadow of the dawn he's turning to you, your restless eyes haunted by the feeling of the night, he turns around to touch you but he knows you've gone, you've been traveling Desiree, since you were grown enough not to cry, you've been traveling Desire,e since you were grown enough not to cry, Desiree you first met your love in southern Italy, the Mediterranean winds have blown your love away, you're flying off to summer but you know he's gone, Desiree, on sunset cliffs you watched the end of yesterday, the Californian dream has swept your love away, you're trying to remember but you know he's gone". Lyrics must be about a relationship that never worked out. I can picture a woman taking a vacation, falling in love with a man... but they lose contact and he can't be found so the woman becomes distraught.

"Heaven (Never Seemed So Far Away)" is semi uplifting but mostly flat. It's a nice rocker, but I have to question some of the vocals such as the "For a dog snarling in a corner heaven never seemed so far away" part. Sonja sounds bored singing this line. There's a moment of potential when the violin comes in and a guitar solo follows, but the song soon reverts back to being standard affair. I guess the guitar solo at the end is pretty solid. Oh well the lyrics are "Good friends and I'm a stranger, so hard to circulate, crowded streets I see no faces, no place for a changing soul, like a ship on an angry ocean, ferris wheel that spins too fast, for a dog snarling in a corner, heaven never seemed so far away, maybe the game is someone else's, too tired to play along, go on your way taking chances, your way is yours alone, for an artist in a hungry basement, or a rain on a lonely man, or a kid fighting with his father heaven never seemed so far away". I can't put the pieces together and figure out the meaning behind this song. Too many different subjects such as ferris wheels, dogs, family fights, etc.

"Hot and Bothered" opens with a splendid funky groove. I love this! I must be in a funk mood today, haha. I seem to be leaning towards funkiness! The vocal melody is unique in that it's theatrical mixed in with that groove. Cool stuff. Sonja sings sexily too! The violin in the middle is SO cool the way it plays along with that tight groove. Too bad it's a short song. "I don't want no top bunch, love how your lips go, whispering kisses love me come close to me, I'm hot and bothered, just want to hold you tonight, guy in stargaze, start up my lovin', hot and you're lovin' me now, my collector over the top now, straight up it's hands down, straight up the land of love, hot and bothered, hot and bothered, just want to hold you tonight,

"Broken Lady" is devastating theatrics slowed down. This means we get to hear the tender side of Sonja's voice... and I love it a lot! The piano, tender vocals, violin played really beautifully... whoa this is quite the moving song. The accordion is used nicely (I think that's an accordion anyway). The melody itself is written well enough to leave me happy. "Broken lady tears run dry, you lie there easy grown wise through it all, tearing your soul they watched you fall, lady just lately your song has grown sour, who'll weep for the withered rose? Who'll mourn the sparrow? Who'll cry for tomorrow? Broken lady they sing your song, clinging to shadows of lovers long gone, children sing loud children draw near, lady just lately your song has grown sour".

The bonus track "Baby Please Don't Go"... AH! Stop it everybody! Ted Nugent, Cactus, AC/DC... everyone stop playing this song! Alright I'm kidding... well no, I really am tired of every artist you can imagine performing this song at least once (at least it seems like everyone does- usually live). This version's very short and focuses on the vocal melody... which is probably the way I prefer it, unless someone can turn the guitar jam into something full-fledged and awesome. Curved Air probably could have done it truth to told, but they kept it short. Still a pretty good song, but perhaps AC/DC holds the crown for the best version.

Overall, wow! This is another solid Curved Air album. Just like their prior album it's different from the more early 70's prog rock stuff, but Airborne is still really impressive because the vocal melodies are written well, and the violin is a nice addition in this case. I think this was the bands last 70's album but reunited in the 90's for another one. I'm still amazed Stewart Copeland was the drummer for these guys. It's so weird because I associate him with the reggae pop of the Police (and the Spyro the Dragon soundtrack which is awesome) but a prog rock band? Hard to believe but true! Anyway yeah, besides one track, the rest isn't really progressive rock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Swerves fair 15 Aug. 2010
By IRate - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Poorest starting point chronicling the seventies prog-pop band in final decline, but still captures enough magic to please a modest meshing of Rush & Heart fans.
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