I have often mentioned that the appeal of the songs that defined the 60s was in the main down to the energy and melodic structure of the tunes. Melody is something that ran through every artist from the Beatles to Presley, Marmalade to Tom Jones, Hollies to Dusty and so on.
The Love Affair was no exception and driven by a classic pop/rock voice in Steve Ellis, they had a period of success that still puts its marker down to this very day.
The 4 stand-out hits on this album are the massive selling "Everlasting Love" plus "Bringing on back the Good Times", "Rainbow Valley" and "A Day Without Love". All are as infectiously catchy today as they were then.
In the 60s, arrangers and producers had a knack of dovetailing guitars and drums with orchestration, which filled a song and made the sound so rich and powerful. All singles of this time and genre were precious 3 minute classics, not album tracks that promoted the release of their latest LP. Time and thought went into making them something special, hence the test of time for material such as this.
All 4 of these tracks are perfectly interpreted through Ellis' voice. The rest of the material is also good with a mixture of classic standards such as "Handbags and Gladrags" and "First Cut is the Deepest". I give it 4 stars because it just lacks enough tracks at the very top end of the quality scale to merit 5.
It's a shame that Ellis didn't have a longer extended career at the top. His anthology CD is superb, but he never had the lasting recognition that his talent deserved. However, when he and Love Affair did have their day in the sun, they turned out wonderful stuff.
This is an excellent disc to have on your shelf. Next time the nostalgic urge takes over, put it in the player and you'll get the warm glow of instant 1960s sunshine radiating through your speakers.