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Affinity
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Though reputedly jazz-influenced, Affinity's 1970-released album is rock in the spirit of its age, composed mainly of radical interpretations of outside material. Lynton Naiff's Hammond playing and Linda Hoyle's Julie Driscoll-like vocal are the most prominent elements, but the sound tends to be a dense and intense melting pot of all its components, which, on the louder, faster sections seem to bleed into one another.

Personal favourites are 'Night Flight' with slow, haunting sections sandwiching an exhilarating middle section, as well as the brooding 'Mr Joy', on which Linda Hoyle goes all breathy. 'Three Sisters' features some great guitar-led jamming while some of the tracks benefit from being augmented by brass. My only reservation of the album proper is yet another cover of 'All Along The Watchtower' which is overlong and overdone.

The eight bonus tracks are culled from a wide variety of sources. The spirited cover of Laura Nyro's 'Eli's Coming' is probably Hoyle's doing as she recorded another Nyro song on her solo album. The rest of the songs are of variable quality, both with regard to content and sound. Mose Allison's 'If You Live' is pretty good, 'Long Voyage' deserves a clearer sound and 'I Am The Walrus' is of dubious potential for anyone to tackle. Only a couple of these tracks are original, 'Yes man' being mediocre, 'Little Lonely Man' the product of a crude recording.

'Affinity' is, overall, a fine purchase for fans of rock of the progressive spirit of the time, but all the best music is in the first six tracks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Linda Hoyle has a wonderful voice, at times sounding like Grace Slick (Airplane) and Julie Driscoll (Wheels on Fire) or a mixture of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday or Ella Fiztgerald - blues jazz and rock to suit all tastes.
Here she sings on Affinity's only album - matched by some excellent musicians, with an especial mention for Lynton Naiff on hammond organ - although this can get a little over-blown at points!
Best Tracks include:
- Coconut Grove : slow soul ballad
- Mr Joy : Airplane style rock
- All Along the Watchtower : stunning organ solos with brilliant vocals.
If you enjoyed this, then do try Linda Hoyle's solo album - "Pieces of Me", on which she is backed by bits of Soft Machine!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2010
Apart from the great music; this a stunningly good remastering from Angel Air, sounds a bit more forward than an original LP, but sounds far better than previous reissues. Sound is open, clean, dynamic and rich.

This 1970 album is a timeless classic of course, and easily gets my vote for the best progrock album ever. Fans should also get the 1971 Linda Hoyle solo "Pieces of me".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2009
It is a brilliant album, I had to replace a scratchy vinyl though.

Mo Fster on bass here, he went on to be in Jeff Beck's "There and Back" band...

No Dolby recording so drums sound massive! Very good keyboards, well, it's a Hammond again.

Pretty near to soul music with rock players, but it's not like any other band around.

The great "VERTIGO" cover design again too, think Gentle Giant, Collosium, Black Sabbath, they all had that "washed out colour" look. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2008
Female vocalists were a rarity on the early seventies rock circuit but Linda Hoyle, with her soulful jazzy voice was perfect for the jazz rock (or is it rock/jazz) of Affinity. Ably supported with a keyboard, guitar, bass and percussion line up, the band have put together a seven track debut/sole album, mainly consisting cover tracks, the best of these being the opener 'I am and so are you' and the twelve minute version of '....watchtower', which I prefer to Hendrix's version, much jazzier with some excellent keyboard and wah-wah guitar, plus unlike Jimi, Linda can sing. However the real highlight is the two self penned tracks, 'Night life' and 'Three sisters' are so good it makes you wonder why they didn't write more.
The bonus tracks are generally alright, one or two recordings leave a bit to be desired quality wise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2011
I nearly bought this album when it came out years ago based solely on the cover - which is tremendous on a gatefold. How I miss 12" lps.
Bought this for Christmas as a cd. Great choice. Most of the stuff hits the right buttons for me. Enjoyed it so much now awaiting Linda Hoyle's solo cd - hopefully may arrive today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2015
Fantastic vinyl reissue from Repertoire Records of Germany, superb packaging, very quiet pressing with great sound quality. Forget spending mega bucks on original Vertigo Swirl label, highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2014
THIS VERTIGO ALBUM FRM AFFINITY IN MY OPINION IS A MASTERWORK OF THE PERIOD.LYNDA HOYLES VOCALS WITH ECHOS OF JULIE DRISCOLL ARE SENSATIONAL.THE BAND ARE TOP NOTCH PROG AND THERE IS NOT A BAD TRACK ON THE ALBUM .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2002
It's really a good album to hear, except for the hollering of lead singer Hoyle, which tends to kill the groove the other get into while playing, especially on the cover versions of the Everly Brothers' "I Wonder If I Care Too Much" and The Lovin' Spoonful "Coconut Grove".
The other group members play the acid/psychedelic/prog variations well and carry songs such as Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" to strange, curious and wonderful parts of the imagination.
The bonus tracks (especially the single "Eli's Coming/United State of Mind") are a good addition to the album, particulary the surprisingly good vocal of hoyle on the single's A side.
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on 15 March 2013
I heard this band when they first came out. I loved Linda Hoyle's voice and Lynton Naiff's organ solos are brilliant. I still have the original vinyl album which I have digitised and put on my MP3 but the quality is not great so I was delighted to see this in MP3 format as a download. Then I discovered it has 8 tracks which are not on the original album including an excellent funky version of I A The Walrus. Result! And a real bargain. If you have not heard this band and like strong bluesy jazz - buy this
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