1. Everlasting Love
STEVE ELLIS is one of the great and unique British singers who has the capacity not only to write memorable songs, but to pick winners from other composers and to think outside the box when it comes to recording such tracks.
At the age of 16 with his band LOVE AFFAIR Steve had a number 1 Hit single “Everlasting Love” followed by a number of Top 10 Hit singles (“Rainbow Valley, A Day Without Love and Bringing On Back The Good Times”).
Back in 2004 Steve recorded “Best Of Days” and he invited his very old friend ROGER DALTREY down to the studio originally because he needed a “a dirty harmonica solo” and Roger came in and did exactly what was required. The pair then spontaneously arranged and recorded “Yellow Rose Of Texas”.
On the bonus track “Everlasting Love”, which was recorded live at Fairfield Hall Croydon in 2001 on PAUL WELLER’S “Wings Of Speed” tour, Steve appeared as a guest of Paul – another long-time friend. Also on guitar on the night was STEVE CRADDOCK from OCEAN COLOUR SCENE.
STEVE ELLIS, ROGER DALTREY, PAUL WELLER, IAIN DUNNET, KURST S WEIL, STEVE CRADDOCK
Steve Ellis is one of the great and unique British songwriters who has the capability to write good songs of his own and to pick winners from other composers. In 2004 Steve recorded this Best Of Days album, which is now released as a budget priced CD. Guest musicians include Roger Daltrey and Paul Weller...Standout tracks are 'Brand New Start', 'Step Inside', 'Nu Clear Blues', 'Requiem For A Tyrant', 'Best Of Days' and a laid back 'Everlasting Love'.
Bev Bevan (December 2015)
..."Step Inside" (featuring Weller) is a groovy number that proves infectious. "Requiem For A Tyrant" pulling out a stunning acoustic guitar line and marrying it to eerie piano to allow Ellis's voice to shine in a surprisingly fragile manner. The two tracks featuring Daltrey don't disappoint either, "Nu Clear Blues" finding The Who frontman bringing his dirtiest harmonica licks to bare in fine style, while "Yellow Rose Of Texas" is a lovely throwaway moment that induces a little grin every time you hear its twenty-five seconds or so!
However, even with that guest power elsewhere, it's the beautifully arranged "El Doomo" which seduces in a most melancholic manner and the irresistible "As The Crow Flies" which could easily have been taken to the top of the charts if David Gray had deemed it fit to record (ironically it's not the same cut as the David Gray song of the same name). However with the album's title track and "Modesty" proving almost as alluring, there's much to enjoy here. One of the forgotten, classic voices the UK has produced over the years, there's much reason to rejoice in the music of Steve Ellis and the aptly titled Best Of Days, reissued here by Angel Air, is definitely one of them.
Sea Of Tranquility (November 2015)
As a bonus you can enjoy a live version of 'Everlasting Love' where the singer is accompanied by PAUL WELLER and STEVE CRADDOCK (OCEAN COLOUR SCENE) on guitars. Recorded at the Fairfield Hall Croydon, it's a beautiful way to finish and is as successful as any other track on the album.
Highlands Magazine (November 2015)
No surprise to find Paul Weller (mod champion) featured and Steve's old friend Roger Daltrey weighing in on 'Nu Clear Blues' with a great harmonica part. It's (for me) songs like Steve's 'Little One' and the title track 'Best Of Days' that stand out, the latter being genuinely uplifting. Elsewhere minor hit 'El Doomo' gets a reworking, again to great effect. Overall a class album that rewards and deserves multiple listens.
SMART - Seventies Music And Retro Talk (October 2015)
Down to earth, the prairie pining is what 'Requiem For A Tyrant' gets high on for Steve's vocals to show their lucid transparency, but the drift gets warm in 'Turn To Stone' which fathoms the passing of years in the miles of intimate gratitude to life itself. That's what the whole of this album is all about, the songs' joie de vivre spilling over into its follow-up "Ten Commitments": that's the everlasting love. 4/5 Stars
DMME.net (October 2015)
'Everlasting Love' is simply sublime, it's a far more acoustic version than the original. We also get a live version of this number which Paul Weller contributes. Furthermore, other songs that Steve now presents in a completely different way are "Requiem For A Tyrant", "Modesty" and a very short version of the classic "Yellow Rose Of Texas".
Keys and Chords (October 2015)
...this appealing 2008 package features not one but two fine versions of 'Everlasting Love' with an understated acoustic re-vamp rubbing shoulders with a much more heartfelt live rendition recorded with Paul Weller during the latter's 'Wings of Speed' tour in 2001.
Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (October 2015)
Several of the compositions carry 'Ellis' writing credits, and they include a re-working of his previously recorded 'El Doomo'. Meanwhile, 'Step Inside' has Paul Weller on guitar and keyboards (with Ellis also covering the Jam man's song 'Brand New Star'). Roger Daltrey's on another cut, and Ellis (sometimes sounding here like early Rod Stewart) is clearly respected by Daltrey and Weller - and not just for his 'mod' affiliations.
The Beat (October 2015)
...even with that guest power elsewhere, it's the beautifully arranged "El Doomo" which seduces in a most melancholic manner and the irresistible "As The Crow Flies" which could easily have been taken to the top of the charts if David Gray had deemed it fit to record (ironically it's not the same cut as the David Gray song of the same name). However with the album's title track and "Modesty" proving almost as alluring, there's much to enjoy here. One of the forgotten, classic voices the UK has produced over the years, there's much reason to rejoice in the music of Steve Ellis and the aptly titled Best Of Days, reissued here by Angel Air, is definitely one of them.
Sea Of Tranquility (October 2015)