Linda Hoyle and her first album in 44 years

Linda Hoyle — The Fetch
★★☆

Do you remember the band Affinity and their only album released in the 1970?

Linda Hoyle sang on that wonderful album, and their music sounds like The Zombies stepping out from their sunshine psychedelia towards mellow, jazzy prog. The band sadly disbanded while they were recording their second album, leaving behind such classics as their 7-minute wonderland visit called Night Flight and their 11-minute cover of All Along The Watchtower.

Below is their cover of Eli’s Coming (originally sung by Laura Nyro and covered by Three Dogs Night)

One year later in 1971 Linda released an album of her own called Pieces of Me. This album is a very personal exclamation, in which Linda unleashes her strong feminist side. Each song is a statement, such as Hymn to Valerie Solanas especially (read more about Valerie Solanas and her relationship to Andy Warhol here) and once I discovered the album, it immediately became one of my favourites. Compared to the sweet prog Affinity had, this album has some unusually rough and heavy material. Black Crow is paying tribute to Beatles‘ Hey Bulldog and the featured song of the album Pieces of Me is one of the heaviest pieces (pieces of me are so heavy!) yet released at the time, while still preserving its somewhat jazzy structure.

The opening track to Linda‘s solo album, Backlash Blues:

Now, that was to remain Linda‘s last release for 44 years, which is a real shame, since she has such a marvellous voice, said by some to be a crossover of Grace Slick‘s grace with the power of Janis Joplin.

But then!

Suddenly, while I was discussing Affinity on one of the prog forums and bringing up Linda Hoyle‘s solo production, I couldn’t help but notice that a new album was released — in August of 2015, just one month ago!

That was an even stronger surprise than seeing Robert Plant perform on stage in Pori Jazz. I had to immediately have a listen to the album, and so I did. Even if just for a while, it felt like I was living in the 70’s! It was not just a fantasy anymore — all the music that was made then, all the artists, they suddenly became a reality. And I was a part of that reality.

The opening track The Fetch from the album The Fetch:

Let’s not bring up that Linda‘s new album The Fetch wasn’t really that good. Most of the songs were not interesting musically, rather resembling Christmas carols concentrating on the quality her voice — which had lost quite a bit of its shine due to the years. Yet there were a couple of very good, proggy songs, and the voice was good enough to clearly hear that it’s still her singing, Linda Hoyle, in person, true to her style! Some of the lyrics also had some of that feminism left in them (even the word “fuck” was heard, quite abruptly so amidst a relaxing, jazzy piece), and the first song of the album is pleasingly different from all the prog I’ve heard until now. I just hoped that the whole album would be just like its first piece, however this album gave me more than just music. It gave me new feelings, just like Hoyle‘s first solo album. “Affinity fans spanning generations will surely be overjoyed. It’s as if Linda never left…”, Tom Semioli writes in Huffington Post.

An interview with Linda Hoyle promoting her new album:

What is more, Linda states in the interview above that she’s writing “a lot, so much that I have to restrain myself” and that she’s already working on her next album. This is surely happy news for anyone respecting her style.

I’m considering writing her a fan letter, there is a whole lot that I would like to convey. I also think I’ll drop by the store today and see if I can find either a copy of The Fetch or Pieces of MeAffinity will also do.

p.s.

By the way, do you have any idea who is responsible for the album cover art of The Fetch? That’s right, it’s Roger Dean himself! The person who’s famous for painting the surreal album covers of Yes and a great deal of other prog bands. Just another little thing that was done right for Linda‘s album.

The Beatles—Help! |–| versus |–| The Who—Doctor Doctor

My dad can’t see the similitude between these two songs, whereas I think the resemblance is obvious.
What is your opinion?

The BeatlesHelp! (1965), from their Help! soundtrack album

The WhoDoctor, Doctor (1967),
from the b-side of their single “Pictures of Lily“/”Doctor, Doctor

Unnkerr Swéghléoðras: Part 2 — The Dark Book of Love

Over half of all songs composed in this world are about love. But love… is not only bright and sunny. This volume explores some darker, barbaric aspects of love — closely related to insanity, death, or filled with some strange fetishes. Be a cat or a dog, make yourself a sandwich and enjoy the chill running down your spine from this whole lotta love.

The Dark Book of LoveUnnkerr Swéghléoðras: Part 2 — The Dark Book of Love

  1. Led Zeppelin — Whole Lotta Love
  2. The Stooges — I Wanna Be Your Dog
  3. Blue Cheer — Sandwich
  4. Pink Fairies — Do It
  5. Sir Lord Baltimore — Helium Head (I Got Love)
  6. Atomic Rooster — And So To Bed
  7. Gong — Witch’s Song / I Am Your Pussy
  8. The Beatles — I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  9. Morgen — Love
  10. Jericho — Kill Me With Your Love

 Play time: 59min 32s

 

Next release: Unnkerr Swéghléoðras: Part 3 — Single Edition

Previous release: Unnkerr Swéghléoðras: Part 1 — Distant Melodies

Album Saturday 1.3. — Schedule

This Saturday some rock album essentials will be played once again.

Here are the estimated starting times for the albums (GMT+2):

 

12:00 Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin II

 

12:40 Black Sabbath — Paranoid

 

 

13:25 Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here

 

14:10 The Velvet Underground — The Velvet Underground & Nico

 

 

15:00 The Beatles — Help!

 

15:30 Emerson, Lake & Palmer — Brain Salad Surgery

 

 

 

16:15 The Who — Tommy