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Though the initial incarnation of Curved Air only existed from 1970 to 1972, their three albums made a major impact on the U.K. prog scene. The helpfully titled Second Album contained the band's sole hit, "Backstreet Luv," which represents their more rocking side. But the more classically influenced aspect of the Curved Air sound, exemplified by Daryl Way's violin and Francis Monkman's keyboards, is what really distinguished the band. The elegant vocal and violin lines fleshed out by Monkman's piano on "Jumbo" provide plenty of poignancy, while the angular, syncopated riffs of "Everdance" almost suggest early jazz fusion. The band were ahead of their time on both the prog and fusion fronts, but they could also twist the '60s baroque pop sound into subversive new shapes, as on the wickedly satirical "Bright Summer's Day '68," led by Monkman's harpsichord. The album ends on a high point with the 13-minute "Piece of Mind," a slowly evolving epic that shows off Curved Air at their most complex and sophisticated, pointing proudly toward prog's future.

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Classic Curved Air at their best

This is Curved Air at their best. From start to finish this album is great. The best song "Piece of Mind" is missing from this version of the album. One hopes that the song gets added at some point in the future.

Classic 2nd Album

I-Tunes added the last track to this album...Thank you.

The release of the album Air Cut would make a lot of fans happy.

great prog rock

back street luv is the outstanding track on this record. jumbo has a great melody driven by piano and violin while puppets has an interesting percussion track driving a haunting melody. piece of mind is a classic prog jam.

Biography

Formed: 1970

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

One of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain's late-'60s prog explosion, Curved Air was formed in early 1970 by violinist Darryl Way, a graduate of the Royal College of Music, and two former members of Sisyphus, keyboard player Francis Monkman and drummer Florian Pilkington-Miksa. Adding bassist Robert Martin, the band named itself from avant-garde composer Terry Riley's A Rainbow in Curved Air, a touchstone that would inform much of their early work. The quartet...
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