Curved Air

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Air Conditioning
Picture Disc - WSX 3012
Rare 1970 UK Picture Disc Housed In The Original Plastic Wallet. Appears Unplayed. more
Air Conditioning
New - LP - WS 1903
Sealed 1970 Original. One Of The Finest Classical-Rock Fusions Of The Age. more
Air Conditioning
New - LP - WS 1903
Sealed 1970 Original. One Of The Finest Classical-Rock Fusions Of The Age. Shrink Wrap Is Sealed With A "Music Is Your Best Entertainment Value" Sticker. more
Air Conditioning
Picture Disc - WS 3012
Beautiful And Rare 1970 UK Picture Disc Housed In A Textured Blue Jacket. This Is The First Copy We Have Ever Seen With The WS Prefix As Most Are WSX Prefix Or The Later Kinney Pressings. more
Air Conditioning
Used - LP - WS 1903
Beautiful Rare 1970 US White Label Promo Still In Shrink Wrap. One Of The Finest Classical-Rock Fusions Of The Age. more
Air Conditioning
Used - LP - WS 1903
1970 Original. One Of The Finest Classical-Rock Fusions Of The Age. Slight Edge Creasing. more
Air Conditioning
Picture Disc - PECLECLP2616
New, 2018 Limited Edition Record Store Day Reissue Housed In Plastic Wallet. One Of The Finest Classical-Rock Fusions Of The Age. more
Air Cut
Used Import - WB 46 224
1973 Import. 4th LP Tames Down With A More Folkier Prog Approach. more
Air Cut
Used - LP - K 46224
1973 UK Gatefold Original. LP Appears Unplayed. Cover Has Some Rubbing On Seams. more
Airborne
Used Import - BTM 1008
1976 UK Original Brown Label, On The RCA Imprint Featuring Stuart Copeland, Alan Skidmore, Sonja Kristina, Robin Lumley And Others. Appears Glossy, Strong VG++/EX Cover. Jem Records Import Sticker Affixed To Front Cover. more
Airconditioning
Used Import - WSX 3012
Rare 1970 UK Picture Disc Housed In The Original Plastic Wallet. more
Airconditioning
Used Import - K 56004
1973 UK Reissue, 2nd Press On The Burbank Street Scene Label. "In Its Initial Vinyl Form, Curved Air's Debut Album Is One Of The Prog Rock Movement's Most Prized Artifacts -- Not For The Music (For That, It Goes Without Saying, Is Flawless), But For The Picture-Disc Format Which Had Never Previously Graced A 12" Rock Record. A Glimmering Of That Sought-After Magnificence Lives On, Of Course, In The Artwork Which Has Graced Every Subsequent Release, This Collectors' Choice Reissue Included. Sadly, However, No Other Attempt Is Made To Replicate The Original Jewel; Indeed, Beyond A Straightforward Dub Of The Album, Air Conditioning's American Cd Debut Is Something Of A Disappointment. No Bonus Tracks, No Liner Notes, No Remastering -- Nothing, In Fact, Beyond One Of The Finest Classical Rock Fusions Of The Age. Curved Air Were An Unwieldy Beast At The Best Of Times, An Uneasy Liaison Between Sonja Kristina's Rampant Rock Sensibilities And Her Bandmates' Undisguised Virtuosity. Keyboard Player Francis Monkman, In Particular, Led The Group Into Some Genuinely Uncharted Territory -- It Was He Who Named The Group After A Terry Riley Composition; He Who Consumed Side Two Of Each Album For A Series Of Wild Experiments, Most Of Which Incorporate Acoustic Folk, Free Form Jazz, And A Hefty Dose Of Vivaldi. Not That This Was A Bad Thing. Indeed, Air Conditioning Rates Among The Great Debut Albums Of 1970s Rock, A Hybrid Whose Breathless Audacity Stands In Starkly Good-Natured Contrast To The Po-Faced Noodlings Of The Genre's Other Leading Progenitors. Even In Full, Fanciful Flight (The Instrumental "Rob One" Or The Sawing Discordant "Vivaldi"), You Can Hear The Band Enjoying Themselves, As Darryl Way's Violin Soars To Pitches Unknown To Rocking Man, The Immortally Named Florian Pilkington-Miksa Conjures Brand New Rhythms From His Percussive Arsenal And Monkman. Well, Monkman Is As Monkman Does, But Even When You Know What's Going To Happen Next, A Frill Or A Flourish Still Leaps Out To Surprise You. Kristina, Meanwhile, Possesses One Of The Most Distinctive Voices Of The Age, A Virtue Which Is Apparent From The Moment She Enters On The Opening "It Happens Today." Hints Of Grace Slick Enter Her Delivery During The Airplane-Like "Stretch," But It's A Fleeting Comparison. By The Time You Hit "Propositions," All Echoed Riffs And Space Age Synth, Curved Air Don't Sound Like Anything Else On Earth. You Do, However, Notice How Many Subsequent Bands Sound A Lot Like Them." AMG Review By Dave Thompson. more
Phantasmagoria
Used - LP - BS 2628
1972 Original Green Label Pressing. Always Enjoyable To Find A Nice Copy Like This One. “Phantasmagoria Is A Fabulous Album, The Culmination Of All That Curved Air Promised Over The Course Of Its Predecessors; The Yardstick By Which All Rock/Classical Hybrids Should Be Measured. The Opening "Marie Antoinette" Sets The Scene With Lovely Melody, Impassioned Vocal And A Terrifically Understated Band Performance, Which Complements Every Syllable Uttered By Vocalist Sonja Kristina. The Bridge Into Revolution ("The Rabble Have Gone Insane") Is Breathtaking -- History Lessons Should All Sound This Good, And The Amazing Thing Is That The Album Has Only Just Got Started. The Gentle "Melinda More Or Less" Is Swirling, Sweet Folky Psychedelia, While "Not Quite The Same," A Somewhat Self-Conscious Ode To Masturbation, Disguises Its Proggy Inclinations With A Barrelhouse 6/8 Rhythm And A Genuinely Catchy Hook. "Ultra-Vivaldi" Updates The First Album's "Vivaldi" By, Apparently, Letting The Chipmunks Have A Go At Playing It. And The Four-Part, Side-Long Title Track Switches Moods, Effects, And Even Genres (Jazz, Mariachi, And The Avant-Garde All Get A Look In) To Create An Dazzling Soundscape Which Allows Every Members A Moment To Shine -- Without Once Stepping Into The Treacherous Swamps Of Solos And Virtuosity. This Was The Original Curved Air's Final Album -- By The Time The Accompanying Tour Was Over, Only Kristina And Bassist Mike Wedgwood (Himself A Spanking New Arrival) Remained To Carry On The Good Work. As Farewells Go, Then, It Is Magnificent, The Band's Grandest Hour By Far. And Listening To It All These Decades Later, One Cannot Help But Wonder How Much Grander They Might Have Become?” Dave Thonpson, AMG. more
Phantasmagoria
Used Import - K 46158
1972 Original Green Label Pressing. Always Enjoyable To Find A Nice Copy Like This One, Glossy Vinyl. Strong VG+ Jacket. “Phantasmagoria Is A Fabulous Album, The Culmination Of All That Curved Air Promised Over The Course Of Its Predecessors; The Yardstick By Which All Rock/Classical Hybrids Should Be Measured. The Opening "Marie Antoinette" Sets The Scene With Lovely Melody, Impassioned Vocal And A Terrifically Understated Band Performance, Which Complements Every Syllable Uttered By Vocalist Sonja Kristina. The Bridge Into Revolution ("The Rabble Have Gone Insane") Is Breathtaking -- History Lessons Should All Sound This Good, And The Amazing Thing Is That The Album Has Only Just Got Started. The Gentle "Melinda More Or Less" Is Swirling, Sweet Folky Psychedelia, While "Not Quite The Same," A Somewhat Self-Conscious Ode To Masturbation, Disguises Its Proggy Inclinations With A Barrelhouse 6/8 Rhythm And A Genuinely Catchy Hook. "Ultra-Vivaldi" Updates The First Album's "Vivaldi" By, Apparently, Letting The Chipmunks Have A Go At Playing It. And The Four-Part, Side-Long Title Track Switches Moods, Effects, And Even Genres (Jazz, Mariachi, And The Avant-Garde All Get A Look In) To Create An Dazzling Soundscape Which Allows Every Members A Moment To Shine -- Without Once Stepping Into The Treacherous Swamps Of Solos And Virtuosity. This Was The Original Curved Air's Final Album -- By The Time The Accompanying Tour Was Over, Only Kristina And Bassist Mike Wedgwood (Himself A Spanking New Arrival) Remained To Carry On The Good Work. As Farewells Go, Then, It Is Magnificent, The Band's Grandest Hour By Far. And Listening To It All These Decades Later, One Cannot Help But Wonder How Much Grander They Might Have Become?” Dave Thonpson, AMG. more
Phantasmagoria
New - LP - BS 2628
Sealed 1972 White Label Promo With Promo Insert Sheet Under The Rear Shrink Wrap. Custom Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. A Prog-Rock Classic - 4½ Stars In All Music Guide. Cut Corner (Not Shown). more
Phantasmagoria
New - LP - K46158
Sealed 1972 UK Vinyl. Light Corner Crease. Most Likely An Original. more
Phantasmagoria
New - LP - BS 2628
Sealed 1972 Original. “Phantasmagoria Is A Fabulous Album, The Culmination Of All That Curved Air Promised Over The Course Of Its Predecessors; The Yardstick By Which All Rock/Classical Hybrids Should Be Measured. The Opening "Marie Antoinette" Sets The Scene With Lovely Melody, Impassioned Vocal And A Terrifically Understated Band Performance, Which Complements Every Syllable Uttered By Vocalist Sonja Kristina. The Bridge Into Revolution ("The Rabble Have Gone Insane") Is Breathtaking -- History Lessons Should All Sound This Good, And The Amazing Thing Is That The Album Has Only Just Got Started. The Gentle "Melinda More Or Less" Is Swirling, Sweet Folky Psychedelia, While "Not Quite The Same," A Somewhat Self-Conscious Ode To Masturbation, Disguises Its Proggy Inclinations With A Barrelhouse 6/8 Rhythm And A Genuinely Catchy Hook. "Ultra-Vivaldi" Updates The First Album's "Vivaldi" By, Apparently, Letting The Chipmunks Have A Go At Playing It. And The Four-Part, Side-Long Title Track Switches Moods, Effects, And Even Genres (Jazz, Mariachi, And The Avant-Garde All Get A Look In) To Create An Dazzling Soundscape Which Allows Every Members A Moment To Shine -- Without Once Stepping Into The Treacherous Swamps Of Solos And Virtuosity. This Was The Original Curved Air's Final Album -- By The Time The Accompanying Tour Was Over, Only Kristina And Bassist Mike Wedgwood (Himself A Spanking New Arrival) Remained To Carry On The Good Work. As Farewells Go, Then, It Is Magnificent, The Band's Grandest Hour By Far. And Listening To It All These Decades Later, One Cannot Help But Wonder How Much Grander They Might Have Become?” Dave Thonpson, AMG. more
Phantasmagoria
Used - LP - K 46158
Beautiful 1972 UK Green Label Original With A2/B2 Stampers And Lyric Insert. more
Phantasmagoria
Used - LP - BS 2628
1972 White Label Promo With Promo Insert Sheet Under The Rear Shrink Wrap. Custom Hype Sticker On The Cover. A Prog-Rock Classic - 4½ Stars In All Music Guide. LP Appears Glossy, Unplayed. more
Second Album
New - LP - WS 1951
Factory Sealed 1971 Green Label Heavy Gatefold Original. more
Second Album
Used - LP - K 46092
Beautiful UK Green Label Original Housed In A Die-Cut Gatefold. more
Second Album
Used - LP - WS 1951
1971 White Label Promo Housed In Heavy-Duty Gatefold Cover. Appears Glossy, Unplayed. Minor Corber Bump. more

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