Beautiful lead singer Sonja Kristina and violin virtuoso Darryl Way were the kingpins of a group that caused a sensation with its innovative music and a striking image in the early Seventies. Curved Air was a highly musical combo that deserved its Prog Rock status. However, they were also hailed as pop stars when the sultry Back Street Luv was a Top 5 hit in 1971. That hit song is among twenty-eight tracks on RETROSPECTIVE, a superb introduction to the life and times of Curved Air, a band that underwent lots of changes during its hectic career. Their experimental blend of classical themes, electronic sounds and pop/rock energy won them many fans that still remain loyal supporters.  Most of the songs on this essential ‘Best Of’ CD are from such albums as Air Conditioning, Second Album, Phantasmagoria, Air Cut, Midnight Wire, Airborne and Love Child, together with three more recent works from Sonja Kristina’s MASK recordings Heavy Petal and Technopia. Curved Air showcased many top musicians during its career, notably Francis Monkman, Eddie Jobson and Stewart Copeland (whom Sonja would marry). They all make important contributions to the group’s sound. But watch out for the constant ‘X-Factor’ – the crystal clear vocals of Sonja Kristina on such songs as Young Mother, Melinda (More Or Less) and The Dancer.

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