As far as I am concerned, the sole reason anybody ever heard of Curved Air was because their debut album was initially issued in the UK as a lovely picture disc LP.
CD AIR CONDITIONING LINE DE LECD 9.01023 0
1970 10 TRKS 1st
LP AIR CONDITIONING WARNER US WS 1903
1970 10 TRKS 1st
LP AIR CONDITIONING black vinyl WARNER UK WSX 3012
1970 10 TRKS 1st original UK black vinyl disc
LP AIR CONDITIONING pic disc WARNER UK WSX 3012
1970 10 TRKS 2st original UK pic disc
LP AIR CUT WARNER DE WB 46224
1973 8 TRKS 4th
CD AIR CUT (Kami) M2U KR M2U-2005
1973 8 TRKS 4th (’07 issue?) kami sleeve, poster (Korean copy)
7″ BACK STREET LUV / EVERDANCE WARNER UK K 16092
1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP BEST OF WARNER UK K 36015
1976 8 TRKS Collection
7″ IT HAPPENED TODAY (EP) WARNER UK WB 8023
1971 3 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP LOVECHILD ESSENTIAL UK ESSLP 024
1990 8 TRKS (’73 recording)
CD PHANTASMAGORIA WARNER JPN WPCP-4224
1972 9 TRKS 3rd
LP PHANTASMAGORIA WARNER UK K 46158
1972 9 TRKS 3rd, insert
CD SECOND ALBUM WARNER JPN WPCP-4223
1971 8 TRKS 2nd
LP SECOND ALBUM WARNER UK K 46092
1972 8 TRKS 2nd, gimmix cover
I most certainly first heard them on a Warner Brothers loss leader sampler LP, with the cut “It Happened Today” – which I still rather enjoy.
I bought the first 3 albums as they came out – always making sure to get British copies. All three had US releases via Warner Brothers, but…you know what I’m talking about. The UK 2nd album had a glorious gimmick cover, many folds of thick paper, an LP hidden inside somewhere. I lucked out and got the glorious picture disc for their debut album – it is still one of the most astonishing looking albums I’ve ever seen.
But it’s the 3rd album that always seem to capture my fancy, “Phantasmagoria” – is it true that The Damned named their album after the Curved Air LP? I bet it is!
And I do have solo albums by Curved Air members Sonja Kristina, Francis Monkman and Darryl Way. And the UK WB 45’s weren’t exactly too easy to come across, I must say. Gotta have the “Best Of” WB UK LP from 1976, too!
So, “Lovechild” (1990) is meant to have been recorded right after “Air Cut” (1973). I’ll have to play it one of these days…and find out…