Darryl Way -
Concerto For Electric Violin

(CD 1978/2009; 35:38; Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2167)

The tracks:
  1- First Movement:Allegro Moderato(9:29)
  2- Second Movement: Slow(10:46)
  3- Third Movement: Scherzo(3:50)
  4- Fourth Movement: Finale (Gigue)(11:33)

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Talking about a major case of bad time here! Composer and violinist Darryl Way, who was part of the prototype symphonic band Curved Air, released the classical album Concerto For Electric Violin during the climax of the punk explosion! No wonder this release sank without a trace. To be quite fair to the punkers of those days: quite rightly so. I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of classical music, except when performed on a mighty church organ, but I do like the electric violin. However, don’t expect the sound of Jean-Luc Ponty on this album and not even Darryl Way’s own magnificent playing on Curved Air tracks like Vivaldi or Back Street Luv. This album consists of mediocre classical music orchestrated by Curved Air colleague Francis Monkman, who did the same thing in that awful band Sky in the eighties. Final Movement: In The Dustbin...

*- André de Waal (edited by Peter Willemsen)

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