Affinity [Angel Air Bonus Tracks]

Affinity [Angel Air Bonus Tracks]

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The self-titled album by this short-lived outfit displays a lot of potential, which if not wholly successful has an individuality separating them from their more jazzy and progressive peers. If Linda Hoyle's talent for fusing the vocal traits of Bessie Smith, Grace Slick, and See more details below

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The self-titled album by this short-lived outfit displays a lot of potential, which if not wholly successful has an individuality separating them from their more jazzy and progressive peers. If Linda Hoyle's talent for fusing the vocal traits of Bessie Smith, Grace Slick, and Sandy Denny together semi-successfully is the defining point, then Lynton Naiff's pounding Hammond workouts fall somewhere between the exceptional and the overdone. With the addition of John Paul Jones' fine brass arrangements, which are to the fore throughout, a very soulful feel reminiscent of the latter work of Julie Driscoll with the Brian Auger Trinity is created. And the album's variety of moods sustains interest throughout. "Coconut Grove" (the Lovin' Spoonful song) is given a similar slow treatment to Donovan's diversions into jazz on Sunshine Superman, notably "The Observation," while a heavier element is supplied by a few heavy Hammond numbers, with a take on Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" being the most impressive. Although over 11-minutes long, some complex progressive organ work similar to Caravan's David Sinclair is displayed, preventing it from becoming predictable. A forlorn baroque Harpsichord interpretation of the Everly Brothers' "I Wonder if I Care as Much" adds a haunting quality to the set with Jones' string arrangements and Hoyle's vocals working hand in hand, and "Mr. Joy" allows the young singer to pay patronage to her heroin Grace Slick, in which the Jefferson Airplane comparisons can really be heard. At times overambitious. And a plethora of cover versions given the progressive treatment instead of Affinity originals is a major let down. But as an early work of post-'60s progression, this album is a pleasurable experience recalling the days when musicians and singers really worked hard at what they did.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/14/2002
Label:
Angel Air
UPC:
5055011701113
catalogNumber:
111
Rank:
49568

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Affinity   Primary Artist
Mo Foster   Percussion,Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Group Member
Linda Hoyle   Vocals,Group Member
Lynton Naiff   Percussion,Piano,Harpsichord,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vibes,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Grant Serpell   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Mo Foster   Composer
Don Everly   Composer
Phil Everly   Composer
Linda Hoyle   Composer,Engineer
Alan Hull   Composer
John Anthony   Producer
Gerry Bron   Producer
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
Alan Caddy   Producer
Peter Gallen   Engineer
Chris Hughes   Brass Arrangment
Lynton Naiff   Composer
Roger Wake   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Zal Yanovsky   Composer
Frank Owen   Engineer
Affinity   Producer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
D Hunter   Composer
Michael Walters   Author
Brian Blain   Author

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