Affinity [Angel Air Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jon "Mojo" Mills
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon "Mojo" Mills
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: 5/14/2002
  • Label: Angel Air
  • EAN: 5055011701113
  • Catalog Number: 111
  • Sales rank: 89,119

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am and So Are Are You (3:35)
  2. 2 Night Flight (7:21)
  3. 3 I Wonder If I'll Care as Much (3:24)
  4. 4 Mr. Joy (5:05)
  5. 5 Three Sisters (5:02)
  6. 6 Coconut Grove (2:37)
  7. 7 All Along the Watchtower (11:41)
  8. 8 Eli's Coming (3:32)
  9. 9 United States of Mind (2:49)
  10. 10 Yes Man (7:25)
  11. 11 If You Live (3:15)
  12. 12 I Am the Walrus (4:08)
  13. 13 You Met Your Match (3:02)
  14. 14 Long Voyage (4:18)
  15. 15 Little Lonely Man (3:59)
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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
Simon Smart Remastering
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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