BRITISH 1970 Orig ~ CURVED AIR ~ 1st LP EYE-POPPING LONDON PROG PSYCH ESSENTIAL!
November 19, 2023
November 12, 2023
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ORIGINAL 1970 BRITISH FIRST PRESS BRIGHTLY SHINING LAMINATED FIRST PRESS! LEGENDARY STRIKING PROG PSYCHEDELIA FROM LONDON! ..|/\|...............................................|/\|.. CURVED AIR AIR CONDITIONING
..|/\|...............................................|/\|.. Made in England - Warner Brothers - K 56004 (stereo)
Original 1970 BRITISH brightly shining 53+ years on and still with brilliant colors ...
The CURVED AIR 1970 1st LP remains bright and strong ... Air Conditioning marks the emergence of CURVED AIR as a force within the realm of progressive music.
............................................................................ It was the powerful lead-off track "It Happened Today" that fired up CURVED AIR in the first place.
The musicians on Air Conditioning include Sonja Kristina (lead vocals); Darryl Way (electric violin and vocals); Francis Monkman (electric guitar; Hammond organ; mellotron; electric harpsichord, special effects, VCS3 synthesizer, and piano); Robert Martin (electric bass; backing vocals); and Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums and percussion).
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The CURVED AIR members are fantastic and Daryl even received formal musical training at the Royal College of Music. Both individual and group virtuosity is high, which was characteristic of the English progressive rock bands in general. Although superb keyboard work on the album, also a lot of hard-edged electric guitar work, seemingly more of a 1960's psychedelic holdover than anything else. CURVED AIR's emphasis on the electric guitar would fade away and by the time of their third album " Phantasmagoria. " Sonja's lead vocals are superb and really contribute to the unique Curved Air sound.
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The ten tracks range in a heady mixture of psychedelic rock, progressive rock, classical, and experimental approaches along with some delicate acoustic moments (the flowing track Blind Man is a good example). Perhaps the most 1960's sounding track on the album is the jam-heavy Propositions, which is dominated by heavy/spacey/psychedelic electric guitar work and excellent drumming. Vivaldi features WILD violin and thunderous accompaniment by the entire band. Fan fave is also the acoustic keyboard led track Situations ... The track Screw, works together as a complete progressive-rock highlight.
It Happened Today
Hide And Seek
Vivaldi With Cannons
The cover: rated: "EX" (excellent) and better, bright laminated and super colorful, laminated fragile BRITISH cover appears terrific when compared to the drab USA issue ... quite a difference !
Rated: "EX" (excellent) lightly handled from 53 years past ...very fragile as 1970 British original, plays very enjoyable
A cool addition to anyone's music library! SEE: SELLERS OTHER ITEMS (((similar grooves for "head" people...))) ................................................
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GRADING SCALE: M, M-, EX, VG++,VG+, VG, VG-
M Completely clean, no marks, plays clean
M- Carefully used, looks clean, plays clean, shiny gloss, plays clean
EX Faint scuff or superficial mark, near M-, high gloss, plays clean
VG++ Glossy with minimal scuffing or light mark playing very nice, enjoyable
VG+ a bit more scuff or marks still plays well with very minimal surface at worse
VG more marks/scratches only minor, nothing deep, no loud clicks or pops
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VG- surface noise present, will not have skips or jumps
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