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The Affair – Solid Ground [1996]

AFFAIRTHE_SGCountry USA          

Style AOR

Rating 81/100

Band Members James Goare – Lead/rhythm guitars,lead/backing vocals,keyboards,guitar synth, Brett Hardin – Drums,percussion,lead/backing vocals,keyboards, Steve Edwards – Bass,fretless bass,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Weight of the world, 02. Take no prisoners, 03. Just to be with you, 04. Miranda, 05. I cant go wrong, 06. What you mean to me, 07. The old brown chair, 08. You belong to me, 09. No goodbyes, 10. I could be good for you, 11. Element of trust, 12. The moment still remains

Profile The Affairs is a powerful trio coming from Toledo, Ohio playing a mix between AOR in the vein of Toto blend with progressive. Their first released titled “Solid Ground” came out in 1996 by Main Stage Productions, with a very good production for an independent release with good arrangements and interesting songs. The vocals are a bit similar to Jon Fiore, while the material is generally guitar driven, but you can hear some keyboards too. 

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. The album included a cover of 707’s  hit “I Could Be Good For You”. The band opened for bands such as Foreigner, Kansas, ReoSpeedwagon and Cheap Trick. For an indie effort it’s very good and worth for a search…


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