Title - 'Live Atmosphere' (Cherry Red Records)
Artist - Curved Air
Wow! Yup, that's about all I can say, because Curved Air are back caught live and have released the incredible Live Atmosphere in CD/DVD form.
A slight recap for those wishing to know more, is that the brilliant, uber talented Curved Air are a pioneering British progressive rock group formed in 1970 by musicians from mixed artistic backgrounds, including classical, folk, and electronic sound.
The resulting sound of the band was a mixture of progressive rock, folk rock, and fusion with classical elements. However, did you know that along with High Tide and East of Eden, Curved Air were one of the first rock bands after It's a Beautiful Day and The United States of America to feature a violin.
Indeed, Curved Air released eight studio albums (the first three of which broke the UK Top 20) and had a hit single with 'Back Street Luv' (1971) which reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart.
Over the following years the band broke up several times, they were even sued by their British label Chrysalis (1974), and with jail time hovering over them due to a HUGE tax bill owed, they just managed to pay that off also.
Curved Air, as a group were largely inactive for the next three decades but in 2008 founding members Sonja Kristina, Florian Pilkington-Miksa, Daryl Way and (briefly) Francis Monkman decided to get back together after a hiatus of 32 years. Over the next few years, the band went through a few personnel changes with signer Kristina and original drummer Pilkington-Miksa being the only original members left.
This revitalized the band, and this year they released a brand new live album, Live Atmosphere. The new musicians that have stepped in - guitarist Kit Morgan, bassist Chris Harris, keyboard player Robert Morton, and violinist Paul Sax - have each now managed to put their very own signature styles on the CA music experience and for that they have enhanced this band no end.
Live Atmosphere includes potent new versions of many of the band's classic early 1970's repertoire, including the hits ‘It Happened Today’ and ‘Backstreet Luv’. Indeed, this superb live recording also features fan favorites such as ‘Propositions’, ‘Phantasmagoria’ and ‘Stretch’. Having released a brand new original music recording in early 2014, North Star, it served them well as now the band were ready to take on the challenge's of performing live together.
This live CD also features a bonus DVD that features exclusive material introducing the band in performance, filmed and edited by Jane East. This comes in the form of 1) Atmospheric Overture and Armin - a collage (5:53), and 2) Curved Air 'Live Atmosphere Tour 2010/2011 (12:34). There is also a featurette with interviews and musical excerpts, including Vivaldi and Metamorphosis. Filmed at the High Voltage Festival 2011, Shepherd's Bush Empire, The Forum and other concerts from the tour.
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