Live In Edinburgh 1995
The Love Affair Is Over
"The Last Angry Man" (SJPCD077)
The songs are mainly standard bluesy rock fayre...the best track by far is 'Blackmail' a superb Lizzyesque guitar driven rocker...'The Basement Tapes' are a far better proposition despite the demo quality of some of the tracks with Steve Ellis doing very passable Steve Marriott/Rod Stewart impressions with 'Warm Love' and 'War Train' being the pick of a very good bunch of songs...
Steve Ward, Wondrous Stories (March 2001)
The guy has a great voice, a gritty yet soulful style...'Rag and Bone' reminded me of listening to early Rod Stewart - classy stuff, and a real top ballad. 'Everlasting Love' needs no introduction. But what I like about this version is that it is very different from the original effort. The guitar work is superb, and I like the way he made a 60's pop song a 'bluesy heavy rocker'! The Sam and Dave cover 'Soothe Me' suits his voice really well, and I am not surprised that this was released as a single...
The 'Basement Tapes' has some great tunes also...My fave tunes on here are the Rod Stewart-ish 'I Lost My Feelings' and 'War Train' which is a top reggae rocker! This is a very worthy re-release and I am glad that I have been introduced to the wonderful vocal talents of Mr.Ellis.
Jilly's Rock Club, Manchester(March 2001)
Ellis clearly has a fine voice and the musicianship is first class...the sleevenotes are riveting and include detailed interviews with Ellis, as well as previously-unseen photos.
Rich Wilson, Record Collector (April 2001)
...this collection of songs perfectly showcases the singer's emotion-charged vocals. Bluesy rock that features a host of talented musicians this fine release comes complete with seven bonus tracks
Hartlepool Mail (April 2001)
The Last Angry Man selections here show Steve handling the type of material/vibe that would easily suit the likes of Rod Stewart, Paul Carrack, and even solo Roger Daltrey. Nothing too heavy, though it does get rollin' in spots, but rather a rock/R&B edge that is well suited to the mainstream/adult radio formats (think Bad Company chillin'). The bonus tracks are fine too but obviously done without the budget of the Angry Man sessions.
Colin Bryce, Mohair Sweets (June 2001)
Now then, now then, Angel Air's lost CD sniffer has been successful...The music was way ahead of its time so even now twenty four years on it still has not dated...a magnificent album.
Modern Dance (November 2001)
It's a gritty, gutsy rock album that bears comparison with the likes of Free, Bad Company or The Faces, and contains some great music...seven bonus tracks recorded in 1983 by a band Steve put together 'for fun'...are just as impressive...Steve has a fine gutsy rock voice, the material is strong, the musicians excel. Definitely recommended to all fans of 70s rock.
devotees of melodic rock fare should enjoy the exploits of Ellis and his music cohorts immensely.
a generally pleasant and inoffensive rock album The seven bonus tracks are taken from the previously unreleased 1983 project 'The Basement Tapes' and they're a quality bunch of songs despite the demo feel to them in this format they offer real value for money.
Steve Ward, Classic Rock Society (July 2002)
The excellent 10 page sleeve notes with this CD tell his story the second half 'bonus tracks' under the heading 'Basement Days' were recorded with a line-up that never intended to go on the road but laid down some fine tracks some fine songs We enjoyed listening to this much belated release, and must congratulate Angel Air and Steve
'Byron', Blues Matters (Sept 2002)
featuring some hard pop and a hint of blues that's worth checking out if you're a fan.
Joe Geesin, Record Collector (October 2002)
This fine live show revisits the glory days of 3 decades ago
Preview, November 2001
a night of Motown Music, performed superbly It seems everyone had a fabulous night at the concert and if you buy this you too can enjoy it just when you want.
Modern Dance #39 (August 2002)
a driving set strong on 60s R&B classics, with Eliis' vocals as vibrant as they ever were. It's almost as good as being there.
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (May 2002)
...A gem of an album featuring an underrated talent
Hartlepool Mail, (November 2002)
...Steve's blend of soul covers golden oldies such as 'Everlasting Love and 'Rainbow Valley' serves up a veritable feast of nostalgia
Stirling News, (February 2003)
"The Love Affair Is Over" (CD/DVD) (SJPCD266)
Still going strong
after ll these years, Ellis sounds as great as ever.
sound-and-vision record of a singer whose outstanding blue-eyed soul voice
had retained its quality over the years.
collection to have a love affair with
A hard working and
much under rated classic rock vocalist…a well packaged CD/DVD
…a catch-all, including his shelved Humble Pie-tinged solo
album…a host of bonus tracks and a live DVD
superlative release by the dedicated team at Angel Air offers plenty of gems
for fans of Steve Ellis.
...his passion for
music-making still remains undimmed, and this two-disc package should appeal
to anyone who's ever enjoyed his work in the past...
...his voice has an
amazing power and texture. Steve Ellis is probably the most underrated
vocalist this country has ever produced.
STEVE ELLIS Loot (SJPCD367)
...never less than interesting
Music Week (May 2011)
These orchestrated pop compositions have that ultra stylish sound that was very popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Steve's voice lends itself incredibly well to this style of music...which is probably why these recordings have had such staying power. In addition to Steve, the album also features the talents of Clem Cattini, Herbie Flowers, Big Jim Sullivan, Madelline Bell, and Doris Troy. If you like the sound and vibe of music from the Austin Powers films you owe it to yourself to check this one out. This is not an imitation or a rehash...it's the real thing...
www.babysue.com (June 2011)
...some powerful tracks masterminded by Keith Mansfield whose
creative arranging had been so crucial to the Love Affair sound...the
soundtrack carries many...pleasures.
Clem Cattini's drum rolls and Big Jim Sullivan's guitar interjections keep it all sharp...there's many a nice moment to this short curio ripe for rediscovery
www.dmme.net (June 2011)
Long forgotten by most everyone - bar a handful of nouveau mods and Acid Jazz evangelists - the soundtrack to the 1970 film of Joe Orton's Loot turns out to have been quite the little repository of Hammond-hauled cool grooves. Brownie points to Angel Air for retrieving it from the attic and blowing the dust off with a full digital remaster.
While erstwhile Love Affair vocalist Steve Ellis takes centre-stage and bags the credit, the songs were actually written by arranger Keith Mansfield (with lyrics by Richard Willing Denton) and performed by a crack squad of sessioneers including Herbie Flowers, Big Jim Sullivan, Clem Cattini and Alan Hawkshaw, not forgetting Madeline Bell and Doris Troy on bacKing vocals.
What ensues is a miniature masterclass of the kind of jazz-tinged, brass-heavy popsoul which was simply all over the UK's film and TV output in 197O - even if, oddly, very little of it ever troubled the charts. Admittedly, excursions into knockabout silent movie mugging (Oh Fay!), mockney vaudeville (Mother's Waltz) and supper club sleaze (We Nearly Were Lovers) are resistible to varying degrees, but Loot's The Root, Stealth In The Night and More, More, More redress the balance with grooves you could frost a cocktail glass on.
Record Collector (July 2011)
...an interesting...period piece...aided by top-notch session-musicians.
Kevin Bryan, various UK regional press (July 2011)
Yes it may sound decidedly dated and yes there's no denying that this is
'film' music, but I just can't stop playing these excellent songs and on
top of that everyone that I've played them to can't stop singing them
either. Unlike most sought after releases 'Loot' lives up to its
reputation and really is an excellent album that anyone who has even a
passing interest in this style of music will cherish.
A playground of bongos, beats and swinging style, 'The Undertaker',
'Eyeball Serenade' and the utter dance floor nirvana that is 'Loot's The
Root' leads me to the conclusion that all music should be this good.
Originally the vocalist in The Love Affair, in 1970 Steve Ellis was
approach to record the soundtrack to 'Loot'- with a screenplay by Galton
and Simpson and having been on the stage prior to that it was an offer
he couldn't refuse. With music and lyrics by Keith Mansfield and backing
singers including Madelline Bell and Doris Troy the album yielded a
couple of singles before Ellis felt that this was not really him and
moved on to a new solo band.
This collection catches up with the Grimes brothers during their mid-70s
hard rock wilderness and is made up of half a dozen studio recordings
and a blistering live set
The album is very bluesy in feel...Sounds a bit dated but worth a listen
Jason Ritchie, www.getreadytorock.com (September 2011)
Ellis has returned with an album that once again displays his talent for marrying hard edged rock vocals to sweet pop tunes.
Martin Townshend, Sunday Express (October 2011)
...the pure upbeat soul of 'Thank You Baby For Loving Me' and the infectious, anxious reggae of 'War Train'...see him reign on his own terrain, his voice as young as in the times of LOVE AFFAIR. Ten dedicated cuts have this fine artist in the spotlight. Good this album happened to be - and to stay.
DME Music Site (October 2011)
...'We Got It' is once again full of raw emotion and performed with the right combination of passion and musical skill, without ever going into overblown schmaltz. A fabulous backing chorus only adds to the sheer brilliance of the song. You got it, Steve.
Music-News.com (October 2011)
...61-year-old Ellis has
returned with an album that once again displays his talent for marrying
hard-edged rock vocals to sweet pop tunes. Healing Touch, and Ellis's
own Perfect Sunday, are sublime, and the singer shows his talent for
picking cover material with a sparkling
Sunday Express (October 2011)
Steve's ever-soulful vocals are backed by the Big City Allstars, an ensemble incorporating guitars, sax and keyboards. The CD includes a video - viewable on computer - of studio footage that was shot during the recording of 'Please Please Me'.
The Beat (November 2011)
As an album, this is a prime example of how a renowned singer who is reaching a more mature age can grow old gracefully...at this stage of his career Steve Ellis has no right to be producing albums as captivating and convincing as 'Ten Commitments'. Thankfully for us, he has!
Fireworks Magazine (January/February 2012)
The former Love Affair singer proves that old rock stars don't necessarily die if they have a sweet enough voice and still understand what makes an astoundingly good pop song.
The Sunday Express (December 2011)
With a mix of originals and hand-picked covers, Steve Ellis has got himself another class album. Steve does a fine version of Buffalo Springfield's On The Way Home, turns Lennon and McCartney's Please, Please Me into a soul smoothy and gives a storming rendition of Eddie Hinton's We Got It. Even at sixty, Steve Ellis could teach most of the young wannabes out there a lesson or two. Terrific album.
Maverick Magazine (November 2011)
Ten Commitments builds slowly with moments like Frogman Curtis's sax
solo on 'Hit The Spot' that lift it another notch. By the end Steve is
in full-on Rod Stewart mode with tonsil-rasping white soul vocals on 'We