"Picture disc pressed by Metronome Records of Germany, with photo-setting by Conways. Recorded at Island Studios".
This is a 180 gram vinyl LP picture disc, featuring a mandala image on side one & 'dynamo' image on reverse, both creating a 'psychedelic' visual imagery when rotating on a turntable. It was one of the very first multi-laminate mass-produced 'progressive rock music' picture discs to be produced and was released in a limited edition of 10,000 pressings.
It was issued in a clear plastic sleeve.
No timings on disc.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Side 1, Mandala image): WS 3012 A
The release of this album helped to herald in two revolutionary aspects of the 1970's into the mainstream of the popular music scene.
The first was the sound of the electric violin. Played here by Curved Air's Darryl Way and found on the mind-blowing 1969 'Hot Rats' album of Frank Zappa, on tracks played by violin virtuosos Sugar Cane Harris and Jean Luc Ponty.
The second was the advent of the mass-produced picture disc. This album was one of the first, following the introduction of colored vinyl. Developed at the time by Metronome Records GmbH (a subsidiary of Polydor Records) these new picture discs were made by creating a five-layer lamination, consisting of a core of black vinyl with kiln dried paper decals on either side, and then outer skins of clear vinyl film (manufactured by 3M) on the outsides. The pressing process was plagued by air bubbles being trapped in the layers, resulting in an inferior but acceptable sound quality. The picture disc has come a long way since and it's a shame that Curved Air didn't have today's disc technologies when they released this.
The soft passages and ambient interludes of their work, heavy with the Terry Riley influence that helped source their name, is done no justice by the reproduction quality. However, most listeners at the time were too busy chemically exploring their inner selves, or expanding their visual concepts by staring at this album spinning, to notice This is definitely one for the nostalgic or avid Curved Air collector. Those who want to hear the tracks properly would do better with one of the latter CD releases.