Saturday, October 21, 2006

Linda Hoyle "Pieces of Me" 1971

This rare 1971 album, features the amazing vocals of Linda Hoyle (of Affinity and Nucleus renown), often referred to as 'the British Grace Slick'. Includes a cover of Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues" and Laura Nyro's "Lonely Woman". The album's line-up includes guitarist Chris Spedding, drummer John Marshall and bassist Karl Jenkins. ~Freak Emporium

It probably isn't surprising to learn that Hoyle's solo debut, cut following the final dissolution of Affinity in 1971, does not deviate too far from that band's jazz-rock modus operandi. However, in seeking to trim the instrumental fat from Affinity's sometimes gruelling work-outs, and concentrate the attention on the songs (and lyrics) themselves, it rises far above its role model, to showcase Hoyle as a far more exciting figure than her footnotes in history would have you believe.

Reminiscent in places of the best of Julie Driscoll's late 1960s work - a role model that Hoyle was singularly well-placed to succeed - Pieces Of Me likewise borrows from several of Driscoll's own influences. The Nina Simone and Laura Nyro songbooks both contribute to the proceedings, with the latter's "Lonely Woman" standing among the best tracks on the entire album. But Hoyle's own work, largely written in tandem with keyboard player Karl Jenkins, is equally powerful, with the eerie "Hymn To Valerie Solanis" (titled for, but never mentioning the woman who shot Andy Warhol), and the regretful "Journey's End" ranking among the other highlights. The intriguing "Ballad Of Marty Mole", meanwhile, reads like a cross between Bob Dylan and Beatrix Potter, and could well give children nightmares for days. ~ Dave Thompson, All Music Guide

5 Comments:

Blogger redtelephone66 said...

Thank you for all these great posts!!!
Please post more of these fabulous Vertigo lps.

21 October, 2006 05:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great one.
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21 October, 2006 09:50  
Blogger michaelE said...

When I see something like "the British Grace Slick", I just gotta give it a try! Thanx!

26 October, 2006 07:30  
Anonymous SCION said...

A wonderful record - good companion piece to the Affinity album.
The title track is amazing!

26 November, 2006 11:29  
Anonymous Gdoyler said...

I just discovered your blog and was blown away .Many Thanks

02 December, 2006 05:43  

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