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Tuesday 29 July 2008

Steve Ellis: The Musical Love Affair Is Back On For City-Based Soul Man

Steve Ellis, one of this city's best kept secrets, has had a "Love Affair' with popular music that dates back some forty years.
Steve Ellis Joins Up With Weller, Daltrey & Co

The golden tonsiled young man, who now resides in Hove, sang such classics as 'Everlasting Love' and "Rainbow Valley'.

Now he's back with the fourteen tracks that make up "Best Of Days'.

The music may be calmer and more acoustic based, but that only helps to bring to the forefront the still rich and passionate tones of the now fifty-something, Steve Ellis.

He first fronted a band, Soul Survivors, at the age of fifteen.

After plying their trade at weddings, youth clubs and barmitzvas, they were proficient enough to tap into the current "scene' and play Mod clubs in London, Brighton, Manchester .. in fact all over this musically rich isle.

It was a name change to Love Affair that brought Ellis a string of hit records.

He walked away from the band in 1969, with seemingly the world at his feet. But he was never to taste major chart success again.

Following a bad accident in the early 80s, the following decade saw him return with Steve Ellis' Love Affair.

The band, via old hits and new material, appealed to both nostalgists and converts.

He recorded with the likes of Paul Weller ("Step Inside My Love'), and contributed to the soundtrack of "Loot', the screen adaptation of a play by Joe Orton.

But it's with the all new "Best Of Days' that Ellis might find his star rightfully on the rise once more.

Appearing on the album are such industry heavyweights of Roger Daltrey, Paul Weller and Steve Cradock.

Kicking off with an up-to-date reinterpretation of Everlasting Love, Ellis proves that age need not wilt hunger nor talent.

Also in among strong original material comes an emotive version of Weller's, "Brand New Start'.

Best of Days is an excellent restatement of Steve Ellis'' remarkable vocal and compositional talents.


Steve Ellis: "Best Of Days' (Demon Fiend 5001) is released on Monday 18th August

For more info visit: www.steveellis.co.uk


by: Mike Cobley



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