Airborne (Curved Air album)
|Studio album by Curved Air|
|Studio||Trident Studios, London|
|Genre||Progressive rock, folk rock|
|Producer||Dennis MacKay, Curved Air|
|Curved Air chronology|
Airborne is the sixth studio album by Curved Air and was recorded in 1976. Like their last few releases, it was not a significant commercial success. After a follow-up non-album single, "Baby Please Don't Go" b/w "Broken Lady", the group disbanded. Drummer Stewart Copeland went on to form The Police, while violinist Darryl Way and lead singer Sonja Kristina both pursued solo careers. Bassist Reeves and guitarist Jacques both later became members of the semi-pro band Big Chief.
The Police covered "Kids to Blame" in their early performances, using a stripped-down punk arrangement of the song. Stewart Copeland also reused a guitar riff from "Desiree" in his solo single as Klark Kent "Don't Care".
Background and recording
The album sessions marked the debut of Stewart Copeland as a songwriter. Around the release of Midnight Wire, he was informed about publishing royalties for songwriters, and responded by churning out compositions until the band accepted a few of his contributions.
Producer Dennis McKay quit the project midway through recording, leaving the remaining four tracks to be produced by Curved Air themselves.
Allmusic described Airborne as an overlooked record and "a strong summation of all that made the group so important in the first place." While appraising the album as a whole as weaker than their first three, claiming it veers towards generic 1970s rock, they regarded "Desiree" and "Heaven (Never Seemed So Far Away)" as equal to anything on the band's strongest releases.
Music and lyrics credits per original issue on BTM records.
|1.||"Desiree"||Stewart Copeland, Sonja Kristina||Mick Jacques, Stewart Copeland||3:12|
|2.||"Kids to Blame"||Norma Tager||Copeland||3:19|
|3.||"Broken Lady"||Kristina||Tony Reeves||3:13|
|4.||"Juno"||Darryl Way||Darryl Way||3:23|
|5.||"Touch of Tequila"||Kristina||Jacques, Reeves||3:49|
|7.||"Heaven (Never Seemed So Far Away)"||Copeland, Stuart Lyons||Copeland||3:18|
|8.||"Hot and Bothered"||Tager||Jacques||2:53|
|Bonus track on CD issues|
|10.||"Baby Please Don't Go"||Big Joe Williams||Big Joe Williams||2:31|
- Curved Air
- Sonja Kristina – vocals
- Darryl Way – violin, keyboards
- Tony Reeves – bass, keyboards, double bass on "Broken Lady"
- Stewart Copeland – drums
- Mick Jacques – guitars
- Guest musicians
- Robin Lumley – piano on "Broken Lady"
- Alan Skidmore – saxophone on "Hot & Bothered"
- Henry Lowther – trumpet on "Hot & Bothered"
- Frank Ricotti – congas
- Jack Emblow – accordion on "Broken Lady"
- Bob Sargeant – organ on "Desiree" and "Kids to Blame"
- Additional credits
- Tracks 3-5, 7, and 8 produced by Dennis McKay
- Tracks 1, 2, 6, and 9 produced by Curved Air
- Track 10 produced by Tony Reeves