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The self-titled album by the short-lived outfit Affinity 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 Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll & the 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 heroine, 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 letdown. 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: 11/09/2010
Label: Repertoire
UPC: 4009910520024
catalogNumber: 0520024
Rank: 140381


  1. I Am and So Are You
  2. Night Flight
  3. I Wonder If I'll Care as Much
  4. Mr. Joy
  5. Three Sisters
  6. Cocoanut Grove
  7. All Along the Watchtower

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Affinity   Primary Artist
Mo Foster   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Linda Hoyle   Vocals
Lynton Naiff   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Harpsichord,Vibes,Hammond B3
Grant Serpell   Percussion,Drums
Mike Jopp   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Don Everly   Composer
Phil Everly   Composer
Linda Hoyle   Composer
John Paul Jones   String Arrangements,Brass Arrangment
John Anthony   Producer
Lynton Naiff   Composer
Frank Owen   Engineer
Chris Hughes   Brass Arrangment
Chris Welch   Sleeve Notes
Robin Cable   Engineer
Sandy Field   Type Design
Mike Jopp   Composer

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