Learn more Download now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Learn more Shop now Learn more

Customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
20
Affinity
Format: Audio CD|Change
Price:£12.81+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime


VINE VOICEon 17 August 2006
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.
0Comment| 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
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!
0Comment| 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
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
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
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.
0Comment| 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 18 September 2015
A very obscure, almost cultish band and this, their debut album, is a fine record indeed. The bonus tracks make it well worthwhile. Great!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 8 February 2016
exellent
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 15 February 2016
Enjoyed listening
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 25 October 2012
Fantastic Album..Have it on Vinyl original Vertigo label Now have it on CD with extra tracks..prefer the stripped down original but still magic...'Specially "All Along the Watchtower"
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 28 May 2017
Great old time classic
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse
on 4 July 2009
Brings back memeories of long gone days when rock musicians could actually play their instruments.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Report abuse

Customers also viewed these items

Arriving Somewhere
£14.39

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)