LINDA HOYLE Pieces Of Me

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…only slightly more mainstream than Affinity’s adventurous jazz-blues-psych-prog hybrid, with Hoyle’s vocal approach pitched somewhere between Barbra Streisand and Julie Driscoll. Highlights include a confident version of Nina Simone’s powerful ‘Backlash Blues’ that benefits greatly from Spedding’s sterling guitar work…

…this prog-era curio…is sure to be favourably received by those unwilling to part with a three-figure sum for an original copy.

John Sturdy, Record Collector (August 2002)


Her powerful voice is very much in the Maggie Bell/Jo Ann Kelly mould…and she is more than ably supported by an excellent band of musicians…

Altogether a quintessential piece of 70s Rock from an era when albums of this quality were the rule rather than the exception.

Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (August 2002)


With the current interest in Eva Cassidy I would have thought that now is the right time to re-release this album…as in some ways this has similarities…

It is an interesting album, thoughtful and provoking, and one that is worth seeking out…

Feedback, (August 2002)


…an 11-track set that pursues Affinity’s affinity for jazz-rock and includes Hoyle’s own recollections of the songs and the sessions within the accompanying booklet.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (September 2002)


…They don’t make ‘em like this anymore…it’s just so ecquisite…

Modern Dance, (Issue 41 November 2002)


Hoyle and writing partner Jenkins(keys) crafted impressive, progressive rock/jazz numbers of considerable power and nuance. No wonder the vinyl of this is/was so collectable, it’s bloody good.

Colin Bryce, Mohair Sweets (November 2002)


…she pays a vocal tribute to many of the great blues singers who inspired her, including Bessie Smith, Mildred Bailey and Laura Nyro…And damn fine it is too!

Tony Shevlin, East Anglian Magazine (November 2002)


…music that was ambitious and personal, rather than calculated to appeal to the masses. Hoyle sings impressively…Jenkins’ arrangements are imaginative and satisfying. Spedding’s vicious, menacing solo on Nina Simone’s ‘Backlash Blues’ is outstanding.

Jazzwise (December 2002)

 

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