Affinity: Vivienne McAuliffe (vocals); Mike Jopp (acoustic & electric guitars); Dave Watts (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Mo Foster (Fender Rhodes piano, Hammomd B-3 organ, double bass, bass, percussion); Grant Spell (drums).
Recorded at TW Studio, Fulham, London, England; Northpond South, Wimbledon, London, England; Cheam Sound, Surrey, England; Northpound Studio, London, England.
The original Affinity essentially survived for just one album, a superb, jazz-tinged effort released on the Vertigo label in 1971, and subsequently reissued on several occasions since then -- a cottage industry that seems to have spawned more interest in the band today than they ever attracted during their career. Certainly few people were aware that the group continued on following the departure (for a solo career) of vocalist Linda Hoyle later in 1971, but this set -- aptly titled for the timespan it covers -- not only documents the band's further activities, it also suggests that their ultimate demise was far from timely. With Vivienne McAuliffe proving a more than ample replacement, Affinity continued both gigging and recording, and this collection of previously unreleased demos and outtakes finds the band in excellent form. One can only imagine how great they might have been, had they had a full studio (and a recording budget) at their disposal! ~ Dave Thompson