Affinity 1971-1972

Affinity - 1971-1972

Follow the angel...


1. Moira’s Hand 2. Grey Skies 3. Cream On Your Face 4. Sunshower 5. All Along The Watchtower/It’s About That Time 6. Rio 7. Poor Man’s Son 8. Sarah’s Wardrobe 9. Highgate

At the end of January 1971, lead vocalist Linda Hoyle and Hammond organist Lynton Naiff, having both given a month’s notice, quit Affinity - the band they had been with for two and a half years - to go their separate ways. It was an amicable split.

The remaining members of the band - bass-player Mo Foster, guitarist Mike Jopp, and drummer Grant Serpell - each began to embrace new projects. However they missed the fun of a small cohesive team and, after some discussion, made the decision to keep the name Affinity and to try to continue as a performing and recording entity. It was not an easy task since finding replacements for Linda and Lynton - both of whom were superb musicians - was necessarily a challenge.

Affinity had first met Vivienne McAuliffe at Exeter University while playing one of their last gigs with the original line-up. She had been lead vocalist with the college band, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre.

Back in London the band held a set of tortuous auditions but it soon became clear that Vivienne - with her crystal-clear voice and out-going personality - was the only possible choice to replace Linda. She became one of the lads.

At about this time ex-Tornados keyboard-player Dave Watts answered an advert in Melody Maker and brought with him not only his own Hammond Organ but also an impish sense of humour. Within minutes he slotted in to the band banter and, as soon as he played, the guys knew he was the right man.

There was soon had enough material for a whole new set and UK college gigs and club dates soon followed. Frustratingly, a studio album of the new material at that time never happened. But this album - the album that never was - is an attempt to fill that void and is compiled from a set of studio demos and full band rehearsals. Enjoy!



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