The Affair - Solid Ground

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edited August 1 in year-1996

This trio came from Toledo Ohio, and were an accomplished outfit, fitting somewhere between AOR (a la Toto) and prog.

The Affair - Solid Ground
ARTIST: The Affair
ALBUM: Solid Ground
LABEL: Main Stage Productions
SERIAL: MSP1296
YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA Flag
LINEUP: James Goare - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Brett Hardin - bass, vocals * Steve Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Weight Of The World * 02 Take No Prisoners * 03 Just To Be With You * 04 Miranda * 05 I Can't Go Wrong * 06 What You Mean To Me * 07 Old Brown Chair * 08 You Belong To Me * 09 No Goodbyes * 10 I Could Be Good For You * 11 Man Of Trust * 12 The Moment Still Remains

Background

This trio came from Toledo Ohio, and were an accomplished outfit, fitting somewhere between AOR (a la Toto) and prog. For an independent release this is damned good. Full of variety, with interesting songs and arrangements. They had up to this point, been plying their trade throughout the mid-west area, and had racked up some interest locally, enough at least for messrs Goare, Hardin and Edwards to commit songs to vinyl (or digital as the case may be).

Vocally, Goare sings with some similarity to Billy Trudel (The City, Public Domain, Elton John), while guitarwise, you could say he's probably heard the entire back catalogue of Toto, which is no mean feat. He was also a member of 80's Toledo band Shyster, who were crowd favourites across the northern Ohio state.

The Songs

They start out with 'Weight Of The World', which has a neat shuffle beat, somewhere between Toto and Lionels Dad. Next up is the mid-tempo 'Take No Prisoners' with a mesmeric arrangement, followed by the sensational 'Just To Be With You', which invokes all the moodiness that you'd expect someone like Tommy Denander to come up with. Love those guitar melodies, and the smooth solo! 'Miranda' sees Goare's guitar getting grunty.

'What You Mean To Me' has a blues edge to it, with distinct melodic overtones. I can see this one being jammed out in a bar somewhere. They return with some more AOR in the shape of the absorbing 'You Belong To Me'. while slowing things down a bit with 'No Goodbyes' though the solo is a killer (Steve Lukather styled). 'Man Of Trust' could be a CCM flavoured track, while they end with the piano based ballad 'The Moment Still Remains'.

In Summary

For an indie effort, you can allow some leeway on the production which is a little 'raw', but you get the gist of where they're coming from with the class of some of the songs. Unfortunately the band did not follow up this effort, and don't appear to be operating anymore, though locally in the Toledo area, James Goare is still performing under the handle 'Jimi Gunn'. Worth checking out for sure!


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