Alive, 1990 is a recording from the Curved Air reunion concert 23 September 1990. The lineup reunited Sonja Kristina, Francis Monkman, Florian Pilkington-Miksa and Darryl Way, sixteen years after the last time all four of them played together.
Aside from the ambient introductory piece “Twenty Years On”, all the material was taken from Curved Air’s first three albums, with a particular emphasis on the debut album. Most of the running time is devoted to songs from the debut album.
The introductory track, “Twenty Years On”, was taken from an audience recording on a mono cassette recorder, and hence is of exceptionally poor sound quality. Since the album was compiled chiefly for fans of the group, it was decided that it would be better to include a low-quality recording of the intro than none at all. (by wikipedia)
What’s the connection between the next musicians: Eddie Jobson, Stewart Copeland, Ian Mosley and John Etheridge? Well , the all were members from the legendary Curved Air! Here’s the classic line up featuring Sonja Kristina, Francis Monkman, Florian Pilkington- Miksa, Darryl Way and special guest Rob Martin (bass on “Vivaldi”), sixteen years after they had played together for the last time. The music from Curved Air is eccentric progrock, not really in the vein of ELP, Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant or Pink Floyd. Apart from the first track “Twenty years on” (biting wah-wah guitar) the sound quality is good. During the other 12 songs Curved Air showcases their unique sound and great skills: powerful vocals and great electric violin play in “It happened today”, a swinging rhythm and rock & roll with again wah-wah drenched guitar and powerful vocals in “Stretch”, rock & roll meets classic in “Hide and seek”, a beautiful folky climate in “Melinda” (Jobson-like violin and acoustic guitar), more Jobson-like violin and exciting keyboards in “Young mother”, great interplay between electric violin and electric guitar and a long violin improvisation (including a Four Seasons interpretation) in a 10 minutes version of “Vivaldi” and a catchy rhythm featuring haunting vocals and sparklin keyboards in “Everdance”. This reunion gig prooves what a great (often overlooked) progrock band Curved Air was. (Eric Neuteboom)
THIS CD IS A GOOD START TO DISCOVER THEM!
Sonja Kristina (vocals , guitar on 06.)
Francis Monkman (bass, guitar, keyboards)
Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums, percussion)
Darryl Way (keyboards, violin, background vocals on 13.)
Rob Martin (bass on 11.)
Alternate front+back cover
01. Twenty Years On (Intro) (Monkman/Way) 4.09
02. It Happened Today (Kristina/Monkman) 5.31
03. Stretch (Monkman/Way) 4.29
04. Hide And Seek (Kristina/Way) 6.52
05. Marie Antoinette (Kristina/Way) 7.04
06. Melinda (More or Less) (Kristina) 4.14
07. Situations (Martin/Way) 5.43
08. Young Mother (Kristina/Way) 7.06
09. You Know (Kristina/Way) 3.45
10. Propositions (Monkman) 5.15
11. Vivaldi (Way) 9.59
12. Everdance (Monkman) 4.15
13. Backstreet Luv (Eyre/Kristina/Way) 4.26
Twenty years on
And what have we got to show for it?
A little bit saddened
And a little bit bushed.
Flowers power upwards
Through politicians’ undertakings, you can
Hear the message loud and clear, but
You won’t read it in the papers
Somewhere in the mountains
A new dawn is breaking
Clouds hide the sun
But who knows clouds at all?
Twenty years on
Feels like a long time
Where were you?
Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today