Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Affinity - 2007 - Origins: The Baskervilles 1965

Affinity 
2007 
Origins The Baskervilles 1965
 


Christmas Ball, December 1965
01. She's Not There - (2:32)
02. I Feel Fine - (3:02)
03. It's Good News Week - (3:03)
04. Mr. Tambourine Man - (3:25)
05. I Saw Her Standing There - (2:31)
06. Hallelulah I Love Her So - (2:32)
07. Freight Train - (2:09)
08. Love Potion No.9 - (2:02)
09. You Like Me Too Much - (2:40)
10. Day Tripper - (2:57)
11. We Can Work It Out - (2:10)
12. Peggy Sue Got Married - (2:28)
13. I Can't Get No Satisfaction - (3:46)
14. Yesterday - (2:13)
15. Bumble Bee - (2:19)
16. Perfidia - (2:16)
17. Another Girl - (2:12)
18. Summertime Blues - (2:32)
19. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - (1:37)
20. Get Off My Cloud - (1:39)
21. Sweets For My Sweet - (0:38)
22. Hang on Sloopy - (0:42)
23. Get Off My Cloud - (1:43)

Bonus Tracks
Rehearsal, January 1965

24. Mr Tambourine Man - (3:27)
25. Always Something There to Remind Me - (2:37)
26. You Like Me Too Much - (2:50)

Rehearsal, June 1965
27. Perfidia - (2:18)
28. Trains and Boats and Planes - (3:06)
29. Last Time, The - (3:22)

Chemistry Society Party, December 1965
30. Hey You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - (2:24)
31. Take Five - (3:06)
32. We Wish You a Merry Christmas - (1:01)

The Baskervilles:
Andy Brentnall - Vocals
Kris Johnson - Guitars
Brian Davis - Guitars
Mo Foster - Drums
John Carter - Background Vocals

Additional personnel
Helen Wright - Tambourine


At first glance this doesn’t look a very promising release; for starters, the only future Affinity member within is Mo Foster, and he’s playing drums. Besides, the Baskervilles were no more than a short-lived college covers band, and the bulk of the group members left music swiftly behind once they gained their degrees.
However the band appear to be astonishingly accomplished — even Foster, who learned drums while playing them here. As was the fashion in those days, the Baskervilles faithfully echoed as closely as possible the original style and feel of the songs, yet their repertoire was diverse enough to showcase their jazz, blues, surf, and R&B influences.
Their steaming “Freight Train,” scorching “Summertime Blues,” thundering “Peggy Sue Got Married,” and exuberant “Hallelujah I Love Her So” show where their real sympathies lay. The group’s take on “Get Off of My Cloud” comes close to rivaling the Rolling Stones, whom they promptly snookered by using the song as the opening of a medley comprising more saccharine fare.
Just as amusing is the Baskervilles’ recorder-led stab at “Take Five,” or Foster exuberantly battering about on his kit on “I Feel Fine.” More telling is the slight surf twist Kris Johnson gives “She’s Not There,” a trick he successfully employs elsewhere on the set, and reaches an apotheosis on the rehearsal version of “Perfidia.”
The bulk of this album was recorded live at two school functions and the Baskervilles never attempted any original numbers, happy just to reproduce others’ hits in the band’s own indomitable manner.

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