SONJA KRISTINA

Sonja Kristina


The messy end of Curved Air finally behind her, Sonja Kristina all but disappeared from the scene for a couple of years, before finally making a low-key comeback at the head of a new band, Escape. It was a tentative venture. Early gigs saw the band performing primarily to veteran fans who'd have preferred to hear their old favorites; it took time for a younger audience to catch on that Escape was actually shaping up to be one of the best live bands on the late-'70s club circuit -- and one of the best new wave bands full-stop. Firmly predicting all that Lene Lovich, Hazel O'Connor, and Toyah would be bringing to the Top 30 over the next couple of years, Escape's sound was firmly rooted in the present day, a succession of exhilarating, quirk-bedecked rockers that owed little more than their assurance to any past experience. When it came time to cut their debut album, however, Escape's name was barely visible on the sleeve. The marketing men knew Kristina was "the name"; now she was the artist as well. But it's still a full-on band effort, with the opening "Street Run," in particular, a sharp-edged rocker alive with both modern quirk and more classical undercurrents. The almost-world-music-flavored "Man He Colour," a cover of Spirit's "Mr Skin," and the single "St Tropez" likewise, position Kristina and Escape on the cutting edge of the latest musical fascinations, with producer Nigel Gray (best known at that time for his work with Kristina's husband Stewart Copeland's band, the Police) layering in some of his own finest work. It was all to no avail, however, Fans who might have picked up an album by Escape may not even have noticed one by their singer, and the older audience had long since been scared off by Kristina's relentless taste for modernity. The LP disappeared, and Escape quickly followed. It would be another quarter-century (the album's CD reissue) before either was heard from again. ~ Dave Thompson, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Angel Air Records
  • UPC: 5055011704121
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Track listings

  • 1. Street Run
  • 2. Man He Colour
  • 3. Colder That A Rose In Snow
  • 4. Breaking Out In Smiles
  • 5. Mr Skin
  • 6. Roller Coaster
  • 7. Full Time Woman
  • 8. Comforter, The
  • 9. St Tropez
  • 10. Fade Away
 
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  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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