CURVED AIR

Live and pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial from 1971 gets its first of­fi­cial re­lease.

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Curved Air’s 1971 Sec­ond Al­bum has been re­mas­tered, and it comes with this 75-minute DVD. In 1970 Warner Broth­ers were quick to in­vest in this new pro­gres­sive thing, re­put­edly stump­ing up $90,000 to sign Curved Air, who went on to make a 16-minute promo film of songs from their de­but Air Con­di­tion­ing. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing and very much of its time, with It Hap­pened To­day ac­com­pa­nied by news­pa­per and mag­a­zine head­lines and col­lages. At one point Fran­cis Monkman looms dra­mat­i­cally over Sonja Kristina, en­gaged in gui­tar hero­ics, but then the cam­era pans back to re­veal that he’s stand­ing on a chair. Screw is also lit­eral in its vi­su­als, fea­tur­ing a skull be­ing slowly hand-drilled in the fore­ground. They were a par­tic­u­larly eclec­tic band, go­ing from pop melody on Back Street Luv (there’s an ex­cel­lent ver­sion here from the Ger­man TV show Beat Club) to Vi­valdi, Dar­ryl Way’s clas­si­cal/ freak­out vi­o­lin show­case (of which there are three ver­sions in to­tal here) to Monkman’s loopy elec­tron­ics. The lat­ter’s su­per-speed key­board solo in a live per­for­mance for French TV in Paris is a clear homage to com­poser Terry Ri­ley, whose Rain­bow In Curved Air gave the band their name. MB

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