“Sonja Kristina” was recorded in 1980 at Surrey Sound Studios by Nigel Gray, producer of the first three Police albums.
The album was packed with great songs, several ranking among Sonja’s best, including the stunning “Full Time Woman.” Vibrant, exciting and imaginative in treatment, it benefited from the musicianship on offer, and a team list brimming with first rate players.
Working on her debut, Sonja found solid support from drummer Liam Genocky (later with Steeleye Span, Gillan, Soft Machine and Gerry Rafferty), Wings’ Laurence Juber and of course her former band mate, Darryl Way after Curved Air formed his own band Wolf.
A respected composer, arranger and, orchestrator, Darryl has composed and recorded a string of modern classical and classical rock albums, most recently with new band Verisma (www.darrylway.com).
Bassist Alfie Agius was to go on to work with Julian Cope’s Teardrop Explodes; guitarist Steve Byrd was with Ian Gillan and Kim Wilde; keyboard player Andrew McCrorie-Shand worked with proggers Druid and then composed British TV’s cult Teletubbies theme!
The album first appeared on the Chopper label in 1980 together with a picture-sleeve single of “St. Tropez” and an energetic cover of Spirit’s “Mr. Skin” on the B-side.
Included on this reissue is the only recorded output by the 1984 reunion of Darryl and Sonja in the single “Renegade” backed by “We’re only Human”, written, performed and produced by Darryl at Worried Rabbit Studios under the name ‘Curved Air 84’.
Sonja toured the UK in 1985 backed by a local High Wycombe band, Tunis. This tour co-incided with the release of her solo 12″ single on Crunchy Records including a reworking of Bert Bacharach’s “Walk on By”.
Recorded at Worried Rabbit, Nineva Assyria and mixed in William Orbit’s studio in Little Venice, London, the single was played and arranged by Sean Lyons and William Orbit with guest saxophone from the legendary British jazz musician, Terry Lightfoot.
All of these tracks are released here as bonus cuts for the first time ever on CD. With tape masters lost or mislaid over the passage of time, all tracks here have been re-mastered from vinyl copies of the original album and singles kept in Sonja’s personal archive.