On the face of it, to the uninitiated, this is a live recording by a 'mature'covers band...but such a statement completely overlooks the significance of such a wonderful reunion.
Rewind the clock back to the late Sixties and a fabulous prog-jazz outfit called 'Affinity' were causing a stir in London. The band featured Linda Hoyle, Grant Serpell (later of Sailor) and Mo Foster (later of 'everything' including Phil Collins and Fancy).
Prior to Affinity we had Ice (featuring the 'fruity' tones of Glynn James) and before them, we had The Baskervilles, the genesis of Ice and Affinity and all other great things that came out of those bands.
After 46 years, the Baskervilles reformed for this one-off gig which I was honoured to see. In attendance were Glynn James, Mo Foster, Grant Serpell, Linda Hoyle (guesting) and other originals, assisted by the legendary Ray Russell.
The show was great, the songs featured here are all familiar and nicely delivered, adding a sixth album to the 'Affinity' album series.
A final word about Grant Serpell - he has now retired and this was likely to be his final gig. He is a fabulous musician, lovely man and sweet all-round guy. He never seeks the limelight but few people know that he played on the very first version of 'Handbags and Gladrags'. Everyone ever since has followed his lead and drum fills on this song. Hats off to you Tiger!