STEVE ELLIS RELEASES CAREER SPANNING 10 CD COMPILATION ALBUM WITH NEW TRACKS CO WRITTEN BY PAUL WELLER.

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On 27 May, Demon Music Group will release a career-spanning box set collection by Steve Ellis, one of the UK’s greatest ever R&B singers.  

 

This career-spanning 10 CD Box Set includes albums by The Love Affair, Ellis, Widowmaker, as well as Steve Ellis solo albums and recordings with Paul Weller. Also included is a signed print, 36-page booklet with the full story of Steve’s career, written by Jon ‘Mojo’ Mills, editor of Shindig! Magazine, and based on extensive recent interviews with Steve himself. The booklet features photos from Steve’s own archive.  

 

The box set consists of 175 tracks, including The Love Affair’s ‘Everlasting Love’ and four more Top 20 hits, Ellis’ ‘El Doomo’ and ‘Good To Be Alive’, Widowmaker’s ‘When I Met You’, the 2018 solo album Boom! Bang! Twang!produced by Paul Weller, and brand-new track ‘Just To Simplify’ co-written and produced by Paul Weller.  

 

Steve Ellis burst onto the pop scene in 1968 as the lead singer of The Love Affair. ‘Everlasting Love’ hit number 1 on the UK Singles Chart that January, and was followed by four further Top 20 hits, ‘Rainbow Valley’ and ‘A Day Without Love’ (both 1968), ‘One Road’ and ‘Bringing On Back The Good Times’ (both 1969) and the album The Everlasting Love Affair. All The Love Affair’s recordings with Steve for CBS are contained on CD1 of this collection.  

 

Steve left in December 1969 to pursue a solo career and made the recordings on CD2 with the Love Affair’s arranger Keith Mansfield, and some with the band Hookfoot. Only a couple of singles (including a cover of Jimmy Webb’s ‘Evie’) were released at the time. Keith Mansfield also enlisted Steve to sing the vocals on his soundtrack for the film version of Joe Orton’s ‘Loot’(CD3).   

 

Steve next formed the band Ellis with Zoot Money in 1972. That year they released the Roger Daltrey-produced album Riding On The Crest Of A Slump, which was followed in 1973 by Why Not (both feature on CD4). Next up was the band Widowmaker, formed in 1976 with Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor – ex-Spooky Tooth and Mott The Hoople) and Huw Lloyd Langton (ex-Hawkwind), that same year they released a self-titled (CD5). 

 

1977 saw the release of the solo album, The Last Angry Man (CD6), produced and arranged by Dave Courtneyand Tony Meehan, and featuring Albert Lee and Henry McCullough on guitars. Steve took a break from recording before returning with Basement Days in 1983 (CD7). Best Of Days (CD8) was released in 2008 and features an acoustic live version of ‘Everlasting Love’ with Paul Weller. Ten Commitments came along in 2011, and this CD (CD9) also features Steve’s wonderful performances of three Small Faces songs at a Steve Marriott memorial concert.  

 

The last CD features Steve’s most recent album Boom! Bang! Twang!, co-produced in 2018 by Paul Weller, and featuring two co-writes by Steve and Paul. Also featured is the aforementioned new recording with Paul Weller. The CDs also include bonus tracks, featuring many of Steve’s collaborations.

CD 1:  

THE LOVE AFFAIR [1967-69] 

1. Everlasting Love  

2. Rainbow Valley  

3. A Day Without Love  

4. One Road  

5. Bringing On Back The Good Times  

6. Baby I Know  

7. Build On Love  

8. Handbags And Gladrags  

9. Please Stay  

10. Could I Be Dreaming  

11. Someone Like Me  

12. Gone Are The Songs Of Yesterday  

13. First Cut Is The Deepest  

14. Another Day  

15. Once Upon A Season  

16. So Sorry  

17. Tale Of Two Bitters  

18. Hush  

19. I'm Happy  

20. Let Me Know  

21. The Tree  

22. Accept Me For What I Am  

23. Tobacco Road  

24. 60 Minutes (Of Your Love)  

 

CD 2:  

STEVE ELLIS "ROLLIN’ WITH THE ‘69 CREW" [1969-70]  

1. Good Time Livin' 

2. Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart 

3. It's A Man's Man's Man's World  

4. Bread And Wine 

5. Lean On Me 

6. Rainy Night In Georgia  

7. Holly Holy 

8. Sympathy 

9. Evie  

10. Take Your Love  

11. Charley Patton Rides The Delta 

12. I Don't Know Why 

13. Gimme Shelter 

14. Fat Crow  

15. Pisces Apple Lady 

16. Way Up On A Hill 

17. I Got A Feelin' 

18. Can't Stop Worrying Can't Stop Loving 

19. Take Me To The Pilot 

20. Have You Seen My Baby [aka Hold On] 

21. Jingle Jangle Jasmine  

22. Goody Goody Dancing Shoes  

 

CD 3:  

STEVE ELLIS “LOOT” ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK [1970] 

1. More, More, More  

2. Loot's The Root  

3. Hey, Hey, Hey  

4. Where It's At  

5. Stealth In The Night  

6. Oh Fay!  

7. We Nearly Were Lovers  

8. Police Barricade 

9. Mother's Waltz  

10. The Undertaker Song  

11. Eyeball Serenade  

12. Loot's The Root  

13. And More, More, More  

THE LOVE AFFAIR: Bonus Tracks 

14. Un Giorno Senza Amore (A Day Without Love)  

15. Io Senza Te (Rainbow Valley)  

16. Time Hasn't Changed Us  

PETER BARDENS [Steve Ellis – vocals] 

17. The Answer 

 

CD 4:  

ELLIS “RIDING ON THE CREST OF A SLUMP” [1972] 

1. Good To Be Alive  

2. El Doomo  

3. You're The Only Reason  

4. Tune For Brownie  

5. Your Game  

6. Three Times Corner  

7. Morning Paper  

8. Wish I Was Back Home  

9. Angela  

ELLIS “WHY NOT” [1973]  

10. Goodbye Boredom  

11. Opus 17¾  

12. Future Passed  

13. Loud And Lazy Love Songs  

14. Open Road  

15. All Before  

16. Leaving In The Morning  

17. Mighty Mystic Lady  

18. We Need The Money Too  

19. Gyupp  

 

CD 5:  

WIDOWMAKER “WIDOWMAKER” [1976] 

1. Such A Shame  

2. Pin A Rose On Me  

3. On The Road  

4. Straight Faced Fighter  

5. Ain't Telling You Nothing  

6. When I Met You  

7. Leave The Kids Alone  

8. Shine A Light On Me  

9. Running Free  

10. Got A Dream  

BONUS TRACKS: Live at the Paris Theatre, London 

11. Come On Up  

12. Too Late  

13. El Doomo  

 

CD 6:  

STEVE ELLIS “THE LAST ANGRY MAN” [1977] 

1. Life User  

2. Hear Your Woman  

3. Hang On Joey  

4. Rag And Bone  

5. Everlasting Love  

6. Blackmail  

7. Wind And A Lady  

8. Soothe Me  

9. Why Do The Good Guys Die  

10. The Last Angry Man  

BONUS TRACK 

11. Save All The Encores  

 

CD 7:  

STEVE ELLIS “BASEMENT DAYS” [1983] 

1. El Doomo  

2. Shark Shoes  

3. I Lost My Feelings  

4. She's Leaving  

5. War Train  

6. Hold On  

7. Warm Love  

UNRELEASED SINGLES 

8. When A Man Loves A Woman 

9. Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache 

10. Hot Lips  

11. Hot Lips [demo] 

12. Hot Lips [alternate mix] 

STEVE ELLIS “BASEMENT DAYS 2” [1996] 

13. Back In Your Arms [live, Steve Ellis’ Love Affair] 

14. Open Up Your Heart [demo] 

15. Blue World [demo] 

16. Dance With The Gypsies [demo] 

17. Your Heart Is Safe [demo] 

18. Ready For Love [demo] 

19. Candy In His Pocket [demo] 

 

CD 8:  

STEVE ELLIS “BEST OF DAYS” [2008] 

1. Everlasting Love [acoustic]  

2. Brand New Start  

3. As The Crow Flies  

4. Step Inside  

5. Requiem For A Tyrant  

6. Nu Clear Blues  

7. Little One  

8. Modesty  

9. Yellow Rose Of Texas  

10. Turn To Stone  

11. Heaven's Word  

12. El Doomo  

13. Best Of Days  

14. Everlasting Love [live]  

BONUS TRACKS 

15. Indian Rope Man 

16. I'm Alive  

17. Some Kinda Fool 

18. Step Inside My Love [dance mix] 

 

CD 9:  

STEVE ELLIS “TEN COMMITMENTS” [2011]  

1. Don't Let Me Be The Only One  

2. Healing Touch  

3. Hit The Spot  

4. Never Say Never  

5. On The Way Home  

6. Perfect Sunday  

7. Please Please Me  

8. Thank You Baby For Loving Me  

9. War Train  

10. We Got It  

BONUS TRACK 

11. War Train [Ashley Beedle remix]  

THE MODS AND STEVE ELLIS  

AT THE STEVE MARRIOTT MEMORIAL CONCERT [2001] 

12. Understanding 

13. Song Of A Baker 

14. Afterglow (Of Your Love)  

 

CD 10:  

STEVE ELLIS “BOOM BANG TWANG” [2018] 

1. Black Sheep Boy  

2. Sitting in Limbo  

3. Soul Trek (Holy Blue)  

4. Tobacco Ash Sunday  

5. Forever  

6. I Forgot To Be Your Lover  

7. Lonely No More  

8. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying  

9. Cry Me A River  

10. Glory Bound  

11. Oh Death  

BONUS TRACK 

12. Just To Simplify [2021 recording with Paul Weller] 

STEVE ELLIS + COW 

13. Up  

14. Rise  

NORMAN BEAKER BAND WITH STEVE ELLIS 

15. Time And Tide