Curved Air ‎– Curved Air Live

Deram ‎– SML 1119
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 It Happened Today
A2 Marie Antoinette
A3 Back Street Luv
A4 Propositions
B1 Young Mother
B2 Vivaldi
B3 Everdance

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Released in a front laminated sleeve "Laminated with Clarifoil made by British Celanese Lim"

Recorded live at Cardiff University and Bristol Polytechnic in December 1974 with the Manor Mobile

Re-mixed at AIR London Studios

℗ 1975 The Decca Record Co. Ltd.
©1975 The Decca Record Company Limited, London.

Not to be confused with this version with pink printed text..

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout Stamped, Variant 1): ZAL - 13569. P-1W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout Stamped, Variant 1): ZAL - 13570. P-1W
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout Stamped, Variant 2): ZAL - 13569. P-1W V 2 D
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout Stamped, Variant 2): ZAL - 13570. P-1W 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): ZAL 13569
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): ZAL 13570

Other Versions (5 of 26) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ECLEC2067 Curved Air Curved Air Live(CD, Album, RE, RM) Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2067 UK 2008 Sell This Version
KSCM 1119 Curved Air Curved Air Live(Cass, Album) Deram KSCM 1119 UK 1975 Sell This Version
SEL-RD 1411, 820 522-1 Curved Air Curved Air Live(LP, Album, RE) Deram, Deram SEL-RD 1411, 820 522-1 South Korea 1989 Sell This Version
DML 3009, DML-3009 Curved Air Curved Air Live(LP, Album) London Records, London Records DML 3009, DML-3009 Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
SML 1119, P-SML 1119 Curved Air Curved Air Live(LP, Album) Deram, Valentim de Carvalho SML 1119, P-SML 1119 Portugal 1975 Sell This Version



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February 22, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
The is basically the original Curved Air lineup reunited, minus the bassist (as the original lineup had trouble keeping bassists to begin with). This time they brought in American bassist Philip Kohn (he won't be the only American musician to join ranks of Curved Air, Stewart Copeland would be too just shortly after this recording). Recorded in December 1974, the band concentrates solely on their first three albums, which makes sense, since this lineup would not be as familiar with the Air Cut material (except for Sonja Kristina, naturally). I was rather surprised to see the band take on a more hard-edged approach to these songs, and I'm not accustomed to Sonja screaming and going sorta more into Janis Joplin territory, or perhaps Ann Wilson (Heart) or Jenny Haan (Babe Ruth) territory, so that was something I needed to get a bit used to. These songs are still recognizable, but they take on new twists. Take, for example, "Propositions", Francis Monkman decides to throw in some Terry Riley type of organ, reminding one, naturally, of A Rainbow in Curved Air, which is no surprise given that album (and composition) was where the band got its name. Much of "Vivaldi" is still recognizable, but for some reason Darryl Way decided to throw in a bit of "The Sailor's Hornpipe" and even Sonja sings in one short spot. Even gentle songs like "Marie Antoinette" finds Sonja belting like she's about to turn Curved Air into a heavy metal band (the music still isn't even hard rock in reality). I do find that Sonja is often a bit over-the-top here, as all the songs all originally featured her singing in a much more calm, relaxed manner, more closer to Annie Haslam than Janis Joplin. Still the band put on quite a show. Yes one can grumble about the lack of Air Cut material, but that has to do with this lineup never recorded those songs and would require more rehearsing to get this lineup familiar with the material presented. If you love their first three albums, you owe it to get this album, it brings a new twist to the songs you know and love.