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Pieces of Me

Linda Hoyle Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Repertoire Records
  • ASIN: B0091THY7I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Backlash Blues
2. Paper Tulips
3. Black Crow
4. For My Darling
5. Pieces Of Me
6. Lonely Woman
7. Hymn To Valerie Solanas
8. The Ballad Of Marty Mole
9. Journey's End
10. Morning For One
11. Barrel House Music

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Linda was the lead singer with UK jazz fusion group Affinity and this was her only solo album, now regarded as a forgotten masterpiece by fans around the world. A former English teacher, she quit Affinity in 1971, proclaiming she was tired of the music business. Nevertheless, she had one final shot at her vocal career and set about writing songs with the keyboard player Karl Jenkins, who later joined Soft Machine. The result was sufficient material for Pieces Of Me , in which all facets of her vocal and composing style are effectively showcased. He voice has been compared to both Grace Slick and Julie Driscoll, but her roots are more in jazz than rock. The songs range from the fast and frantic rock of Black Crow , to the subtle and beautifully sung Ballad Of Marty Mole , long a favourite among Linda Hoyle aficionados. Originally released on the Vertigo label in 1971 Pieces Of Me deserves to be rediscovered by all those who savour quality music from a seriously good artist.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me cry it's so good 22 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
We are living in a wonderful era for music, and even if you are not that into the contemporary scene. Because there is simply so much old and rare stuff suddenly becoming available like never before!
I'd heard of this album on and off as being a rare and obscure gem that fetched crazy prices at record fares. Thankfully a local dealer recommended this reissue to me, and played me The Ballad of Marty Mole as a taster.
I can't put into words how stunning this album is. By showcasing Linda Hoyle's versatility it probably plays into the hands of reviewers who want to describe it as inconsistent or unfocused, but it is in fact wonderfully diverse: a voice like this it would be madness to tie to one style when she shines at so many.
Hymn to Valerie S is dark and brooding, Journey's End is big and grand, but best of all are the moody, melancholy ballads, Paper Tulips, Morning for One, Lonely Women and of course Marty Mole. Hoyle has an extraordinary ability to sing with an almost operatic passion without raising the volume of her voice; it's a strange and enchanting trait. Marty Mole is a particularly bewitching track,a story of toys coming to life that wouldn't have been out of place on Genesis' Nursery Cryme album of the same year. It has something of Syd Barrett in its surrealness but is much more focused and the allegory it tells of Linda's experiences in the music biz is much more tight and to the point than merely being hippy fantasising.
This has quickly become one of my ten favourite albums of all time. There is such a range of styles its probably likely that anyone would like at least one track! But Marty Mole and Morning for One are particularly lush and lovely. If only she'd done more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Blues by a long-forgotten star 24 Dec 2005
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I bumped into the "Affinity" CD by chance in my favourite CD shop (down the Lanes in Brighton - you know where it is!), and was amazed by the singer's incredible voice - Grace Slick (the Airplane goddess) crossed with Julie Driscoll (Wheels on Fire), with some liberal dashes of Nina Simone, Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald.
So, a bit of exploration of the 'net - and here we have Linda Hoyle's one and only solo recording. Even better than the Affinity CD, which suffers a little from an over-enthusiastic Hammond Organist.
"Pieces of Me" focuses on Linda's wonderful voice, showcased in a wide variety of style - Blues, Jazz, Soul, Ballads - with an amazing backing group - including John Marshall and Karl Jenkins (from Soft Machine) and Chris Spedding (from just about everywhere!).
And then she just disappeared!
If you love the voices of any of the ladies mentioned above - give this masterpiece from 1971 a try.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silver pieces 26 May 2006
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm probably being unfair in reviewing this during a spell when I'm also listening a lot to Maggie Bell's "Queen Of Night". But I'm bound to say that Bell's album is a benchmark for female rock vocalists. That said, Hoyle is no slouch and, like Bell, is versatile, perhaps more so. The first three tracks are quite distinct from one another in style and she handles them all well. She is chilling on the personal politics of Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues", as smooth as glass on "Paper Tulips" and a touch dirty on "Black Crow".

To me, the singer she most resembles in timbre is Julie Driscoll, whom, the sleevenotes reveal, she knew. The presence of musicians of the calibre of Chris Spedding help in no small measure, but they never take the show away from her. If there is a weakness it is that all of the songs, save for the three cover versions, appear to have been written to order for the album. Under those conditions, you don't tend to get great material. Consequently, this is a triumph for style despite the substance. The songs are pretty good but none are outstanding. The aforementioned Maggie Bell album doesn't consist of original material but with singers of that standard, it's more about interpretation. Hoyle's performance of "Backlash Blues" reveals what she can do with a fine song. "Pieces Of Me" might have been better then, but it's still a worthy example of a fine singer running through a wide range of twentieth century styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If only she could have made recorded more 31 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have over one thousand LPs and this easily sits in my top ten along with Maggie Bell's Queen of the Night. Comparisons are not worthy as each is brilliant in its own right. For Hoyle the sheer quality of the material coupled with a superb clutch of musicians, brilliant arrangements, superb production and recording and Linda Hoyle herself make this an absolute gem. I'm fortunate enough to still have my vinyl copy (as well as the CD)and never tire of giving it a spin and letting myself slip away to enjoy it all. Shame she didn't record more.
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