Airborne (Curved Air album)

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Airborne
Curved Air Airborne.jpg
Studio album by Curved Air
Released 1976
Recorded Spring 1976
Studio Trident Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, folk rock
Length 39:40
Label BTM
Producer Dennis MacKay, Curved Air
Curved Air chronology
Midnight Wire
(1975)
Airborne
(1976)
Lovechild
(1990)

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[edit]

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.[1]

Producer Dennis McKay quit the project midway through recording, leaving the remaining four tracks to be produced by Curved Air themselves.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Music and lyrics credits per original issue on BTM records.

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
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
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
6. "Moonshine" Way Way 11:36
7. "Heaven (Never Seemed So Far Away)" Copeland, Stuart Lyons Copeland 3:18
8. "Hot and Bothered" Tager Jacques 2:53
9. "Dazed" Way Way 4:17
Bonus track on CD issues
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
10. "Baby Please Don't Go" Big Joe Williams Big Joe Williams 2:31

Personnel[edit]

Curved Air
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sutcliffe, Phil & Fielder, Hugh (1981). L'Historia Bandido. London and New York: Proteus Books. ISBN 0-906071-66-6. p. 16.
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. Airborne at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-18.