"Phantasmagoria" was the third album from the original Curved Air, first released in 1972. It was recorded during a period of change and upheaval, with at least one departure from the line up and internal debate about their musical direction. Nevertheless, the music remains of the highest order as befits a group that made such an enormous impact on the progressive rock scene. Vocalist supreme Sonja Kristina is heard on her compositions as ‘Marie Antoinette’ and ‘Melinda (More Or Less)’ and violinist Darryl Way cuts loose on electric violin and keyboards, notably on such interludes as ‘Ultra Vivaldi’. A host of guest musicians form a brass section to fill out the Curved Air sound.
A year after their tumultuous debut with ‘Air Conditioning’, Curved Air released their aptly titled ‘Second Album’ in September 1971. It was an instant success and shot to Number 11 in the UK album charts. It was helped along by the success of ‘Back Street Luv’, the second track that became a smash hit single - it reached Number 4 in the UK singles chart in August that year. Curved Air comprised Sonja Kristina (vocals), who also wrote ‘Young Mother’ with Darryl Way, the band’s outstanding young virtuoso violinist. With Francis Monkman on guitars and Florian Pilkington-Miksa on drums, the band was hailed as one of the most musically skilled of the Prog Rock era.
UK progressive rock legends CURVED AIR, featuring iconic vocalist Sonja Kristina, have released a new CD, North Star. North Star is the band's first album featuring new studio material since 1976. The full-length CD features a mixture of re-recordings, cover songs and seven new original compositions, all housed in a lavish digi-pack.
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Second Album was the second album released by British rock group Curved Air. It reached No. 11 in the UK Charts on 9 October 1971, and "Back Street Luv" became a UK No. 4 chart hit on 7 August 1971.