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AFFINITY 1971-72


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2 stars When singer Linda Hoyle and organ player Lynton Naiff left Affinity in 1971 is was the end of the band. The remaining members started working on other projects. The love for Affinity however never ceased to exist and in 1971 they were looking for new members to reform the band. For vocal duties they found Vivienne McAuliffe and as organist they hired Dave Watts. Soon they rehearsed the old material and began working on new songs. Sadly the band ended before a new studio album had been released. This cd contains material from various studio sessions.

Although the music was never intended to be released in this form, there is some interesting music. McAuliffe has a good clear voice, which sounds a bit like Suzanne Vega (especially in the opening track) or like Jerney Kaagman. The album opens strong. Moira's Hand is a cheerful track, where as Grey Skies is more mellow and a bit jazzy and my favourite on this cd. Both tracks are not very complex, but they have some good instrumental passages. They are also very melodic, they're just very enjoyable to listen to. Cream On Your Face sounds a bit west-coast. Sunshower and Poor Man's Song are acoustic ballads. There is a medley from Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower and Miles Davis' About Time. The cd ends with two new written instrumental tracks that where recorded for this cd. They don't really fit in.

From this album only the first two tracks stand out. The rest of the album is not bad but also rather mediocre.

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Posted Saturday, August 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
kev rowland
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3 stars At the end of January 1971 both lead vocalist Linda Hoyle and organist Lynton Naiff left Affinity. Although the other three initially decided to go their separate ways they missed playing together so much that they instead looking for replacements. Singer Vivienne McAuliffe was the first on board. She had previously been in Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, and the line-up was completed by ex-Tornados keyboardist Dave Watts. In Vivienne they had a much more folky singer than previously, so some of the jazz edges were knocked off. Her voice is reminiscent at times of Sonja Kristina, or even Sandy Denny.

However, for one reason or another, this line-up never recorded an album and imploded in 1972. But Mo Foster and Mike Jopp have worked through demo tapes and taped rehearsals and have put together this album. What is immediately apparent is that not only is this an enjoyable outing throughout, but that Vivienne had a wonderful voice and it is beyond belief that she wasn't a far better known singer. She died in 1998, aged only fifty, but after Affinity had performed with Gerry Rafferty and Patrick Moraz among others. If you enjoy good strong songs and great female singing then this is worth seeking out.

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