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Midnight Wire Import


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  • Audio CD (January 11, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000006XY8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,762 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman On A One Night Stand
2. Day Breaks My Heart
3. The Fool
4. Pipe Of Dreams
5. Orange Street Blues
6. Dance Of Love
7. Midnight Wire

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Import reissue of 1975 album. Repertoire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on April 22, 2000
This debut album of the third incarnation of Curved Air is one of the most unusual approaches to music-making; it focuses its mood on humbleness rather than blaring flashiness and on soft passion rather than obvious passion. This is undoubtably Curved Air's best mood album,and as far as essential creativity goes,this is tremendously high-ranking in the hierarchy of the world's music. All this and more from a group that was supposedly on the verge of total disintegration and disillusionment. The group at this point consisted of Darryl Way(Violin,piano),Stewart Copeland(Drums),Mick Jacques(Guitars),and Sonja Kristina(Vocals). Sonja's vocals are so intense,passionate,and full of emotion that many,I have observed,are overwhelmed and are unable to appreciate their beauty. Darryl plays incredible violin,both as lovely as harp and as upbeat as guitar; he is a true master of the instrument. Jacques has a knack for playing a very grooving guitar,but also
plays some very powerful stuff. Stewart's drums are varied-at times jazzy,at others shocking,but always good. Curved Air is also supported by excellent sessionists. Although both the keyboardist and John Perry,the bassist,are noteworthy,it is lyricist Norma Tager who earns the most attention. Norma Tager's lyrics are wonderful, epic portrayals of what we think of as dull and typical lives. Darryl dominates the group's songwriting in terms of both quality and quantity. His
compositions include "Day Breaks My Heart", outwardly sad and mourning,yet inwardly a testament to the fact that there is a reason that a heart can be broken;"Orange Street Blues",an amazingly fun yet phenomenally sophisticated rocker;and "Midnight Wire",a 7 minute epic of intense emotion.
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By D. Mulhollen on January 8, 2014
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1975 was a year of transition for Curved Air. Monkman and Pilkington-Miksa were gone and Darryl Way seemed intent to move in a different direction with guitarist Mick Jacques and drummer Stewart Copland in a band alternately called "Stark Naked" and the "Car Thieves". Meanwhile Sonja Kristina befriended a lyricist named Norma Tager.

They all came together and "Midnight Wire" was the result, more jazz-pop than in the past and a tad less progressive. The blending of Jacques' guitar with Ways violin set a very nice tone for the album, and Kristina's voice had gained some depth and subtlety.

While nothing stands out as significantly as "Metamorphosis", "Vivaldi", or "Moonshine", there are also no duds. The band would stick together just long enough to release the more impressive "Airborne" in 1976. Copeland would go on to form the Police, and a reformed Curved Air would return in 2008 with Kristina, Pilkington-Miska, and currently Kirby Gregory from Air Cut (A new album is in the works.)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IRate on February 24, 2010
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Moderately compelling art-pop is too short to startle but does provide occasional uplift.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By loteq on December 26, 1999
A series of personnel changes led to the line-up documented on this album, featuring drummer Stewart Copeland, who would later become a member of The Police. However, the musicianship is loose and unfocused and the music of "Midnight wire" hardly goes beyond mainstream jazz-rock. Curved Air show only little effort, and the lyrics were done by a ghostwriter. Yes, the music isn't as fiery as the cover artwork might indicate. It shows a burning pharao snake, this is a kind of firecracker leaving behind a voluminous black ash. There are some enjoyable songs though, "Woman on.." with some old-style rock piano, the moody "Pipe of dreams" and the up-tempo "Orange street blues". The rest is lightweight and doesn't leave a lasting impression. It's as nice album, but not Curved Air's best and not one of my favourites.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on July 3, 2004
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I never heard Curved Air when they were current in the 70s, but I found this CD while searching for another band (Wolf) violinist Darryl Way had been involved in. In that band, Way offered virtuoso performances. Unfortunately, any recordings of Wolf are unavailable on CD so I was hoping to find some of Way's virtuosity with Curved Air. Alas, it did not happen.
Midnight Wire is replete with lame melodies and second-rate lyrics. The unexceptional vocal talents of Sonja Kristina don't help it any. Her best vocal effort, which isn't all that great, is heard on Dance of Love which also features Way's best violin solo. The best tune on the CD is the unremarkable instrumental Pipe of Dreams.
I sure didn't hear what I was hoping to when I bought this. Actually, I heard no good reason why it was reissued in the first place. Midnight Wire is mediocrity unbound and it is far too expensive for its brevity. Unless you are already a confirmed Curved Air fan, you probably should keep your hard-earned money and buy something else instead. I wish I had.
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