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Curved Air / The Albums 1970-1973

Remastered albums on CD

A new Curved Air four-CD box set called The Albums 1970-1973 will be released later this month.

The package features newly remastered (from the original master tapes) versions of the first four long players: Air Conditioning (1970), Second Album (1971), Phantasmagoria (1972) and Air Cut (1973) along with a few choice bonus cuts.

The English progressive rock band – initially, Sonja Kristina (vocals), Darryl Way (violin), Francis Monkman (electric guitar, piano, mellotron, VCS3 synthesiser), Rob Martin (bass) and Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) – signed to Warner Bros in 1970 and recorded the four albums included in this box set.

They went on to make two further albums (Midnight Wire (1975) and Airborne (1976)) on Miles Copeland’s short-lived BTM Records label. Miles’ brother Stewart Copeland played drums on both records (and went on to have a long relationship with the Curved Air’s vocalist Sonja Kristina). The Police was his next band!

The Albums 1970-1973 is packaged in a clamshell box and comes with an illustrated booklet. It will be released on 29 January 2021 via Esoteric.

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The Albums 1970-1973 - 4CD box

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CD 1 AIR CONDITIONING
RELEASED IN 1970

1. IT HAPPENED TODAY
2. STRETCH
3. SCREW
4. BLIND MAN
5. VIVALDI
6. HIDE AND SEEK
7. PROPOSITIONS
8. ROB ONE
9. SITUATIONS
10. VIVALDI WITH CANNONS

BONUS TRACKS
11. IT HAPPENED TODAY (SINGLE VERSION)
12. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BLOW YOURSELF UP

CD 2 SECOND ALBUM
RELEASED IN 1971

1. YOUNG MOTHER
2. BACK STREET LUV
3. JUMBO
4. YOU KNOW
5. PUPPETS
6. EVERDANCE
7. BRIGHT SUMMER’S DAY ‘68
8. PIECE OF MIND

CD 3 PHANTASMAGORIA
RELEASED IN 1972

1. MARIE ANTOINETTE
2. MELINDA (MORE OR LESS)
3. NOT QUITE THE SAME
4. CHEETAH
5. ULTRA-VIVALDI
6. PHANTASMAGORIA
7. WHOSE SHOULDER ARE YOU LOOKING OVER ANYWAY?
8. OVER AND OVER
9. ONCE A GHOST, ALWAYS A GHOST

BONUS TRACK
10. SARAH’S CONCERN

CD 4 AIR CUT
RELEASED IN 1973

1. THE PURPLE SPEED QUEEN
2. ELFIN BOY
3. METAMORPHOSIS
4. WORLD
5. ARMIN
6. U.H.F.
7. TWO THREE TWO
8. EASY

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Mark H.

Currently shows $23.99 US on AmUS.

Ivo Peeters

Strange that all European links show this as “Out Of Stock”.

Larry Davis

Preordered…as for the packaging, first, I missed em in 2018…and secondly, I prefer this thinner clamshell box with cardboard CD wallets & booklet…hate jewelcases, they break & take up too much room…

TheRedPen

That line-up didn’t record Air Cut.

TheRedPen

The text kind of implies it:

‘The English progressive rock band – initially, Sonja Kristina (vocals), Darryl Way (violin), Francis Monkman (electric guitar, piano, mellotron, VCS3 synthesiser), Rob Martin (bass) and Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) – signed to Warner Bros in 1970 and recorded the four albums included in this box set.’

Isaías

Of course Esoteric Records doesn’t remastered all over again since the job has already been done before. It’s just the same CDs repeacked in a cheapper way which is a shame! If the first pressing is sold out why not reissue it like before as 2CDs set? Except “Air Cut” which was a single CD only.

Mark H.

The package seems to indicate that there is new remastering…
It’s a lovely package.

Mark H.

The package seems to indicate that there is new remastering…

It’s a lovely package.

Olle Bergström

Must be the same remasters, mostly down by Darryl Way, a few years back. Esoteric does this with many releases, put the same remastered albums in a Clamshell-box. They have done this with PFM and Fruupp , for example.

Simonf

I could drone on and on about how Air Conditioning was the first UK rock album to be released as a picture disc way back in 1970 but I won’t.

David

And they were well known for using a time machine into the future and stealing the Damned’s album title “Phantasmagoria” , rotten sods.

Paul Taylor

Same with Woody Allen doing likewise, calling a device in 1973’s Sleeper the ‘orgasmatron’, totally ripping off Motörhead!!

Dan Rourke

Newly remastered? These albums were all released by Esoteric/Cherry Red in 2018 in expanded editions, some (or all?) of which were remastered. Are these the same masters repackaged, which seems likely, or further brand-new remasters?