Curved Air the groundbreaking British progressive rock band featuring original members Sonja Kristina on vocals, Francis Monkman on keyboards and guitar, Darryl Way on electric violin and vocals, Florian Pilkington-Miksa on drums, and Rob Martin on bass. The band was a unique and powerful combination of a remarkable female vocalist and virtuoso musicians. Each member was an innovative artist who inspired a generation with their renowned live performances….
And boy were they ever awesome, I don’t remember how many of their concerts I attended. But it was more than a few.
I was first introduced to them, as were so many by the hype that came from Warner Brothers over their first release which was released on a painted vinyl album. A lot of folks thought they were a hyped band and dismissed them, that was their loss. They were so much better than the hype of the album. The album was in fact brilliant, but the decorated versions were terrible in that they popped, jumped and skipped. I ended up buying another copy where the art work was on the cover and not the album, played much better. But the art version did look good on the old Thorens deck.

Lovely ballad sung by the beautiful Sonja Kristina. From a Belgian music program sometime in 1972.
Melinda (More or less)

Sonja Kristina on lead again, as always.
Marie Antoinette

Daryl Way very much up front for his piece de resistance.

In addition the following musicians were part of Curved Air at various times.
Ian Eyre played bass on the second album
Mike Wedgwood played bass on the third and fourth albums (later in Caravan)
Eddie Jobson (later Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull and UK) played keyboards and violin on Aircut
John G. Perry (ex-Caravan) played bass on Midnight Wire
Stewart Copeland (later of The Police) played drums on Midnight Wire and Airborne. He was a full member of the band between 1975 and 1977.
Tony Reeves (ex-Greenslade, Colosseum, John Mayall) played bass on Airborne.


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