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Rollin' With The 69 Crew: The Lost Masters
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
i highly recommend this album, this is steve ellis after he left love affair,
cd 1 steve recorded with the arranger and musician from the love affair recordings, songs that he had personally chosen to record, and there's some excellent covers, steve's rendition of something's gotten hold of my heart far out does gene pitney's original, it's a man's man's man's world is a great version and only steve could have pulled this off the way he did, steve is an amazing blue eyed soul singer and this album does him alot of credit, but, it took 43 years to materialise, steve has tried numerous times to locate these tapes and have them released, they are finally available, and they are worth the wait,
cd 2 is recorded with the band hookfoot, and a couple of chas chandler productions along with guests zoot money, jimmy mcculloch, johnny steele and canadian band eggs over easy, this disc is more rockier, but, steve's voice still shines through, there's more great covers here, the rolling stones gimme shelter and elton john's take me to the pilot,
do yourself a favour, buy this, you will not regret it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2013
This album is the culmination of a search, lasting over ten years, to find missing tapes of a series of recording sessions undertaken by Steve Ellis after he departed from chart toppers, Love Affair. The idea was to release a Steve Ellis solo album in 1970, which would establish him as a performer in his own right. What did appear at that time, was the soundtrack to the film "Loot", which has had a cult following in the ensuing years and then albums by the band, Ellis. This collection of songs got left behind and gathered dust in the CBS vaults. Listening to this now, one can see how Steve made the musical transition from the sound of Love Affair to the sound of the Ellis band.

The first CD features ten songs that utilize the musicians and backing that was present on the Love Affair hit singles, including orchestral arrangements by Keith Mansfield. This is the closest thing to a second Love Affair album, with a selection of well chosen covers and even includes a song written by Philip Goodhand-Tait, the man responsible for most of Love Affair's hit singles, to keep hardcore fans of the band happy. It also includes one of the first covers of Rainy Night in Georgia, which latterly became something of a standard, but Steve got in there first with his version and a mighty fine one it is too.

The second CD features the band, Hookfoot, along with various guest musicians and presents Steve in a Rock setting. Steve contributes four songs to the the ten featured here, which includes a very early cover of a Elton John and Bernie Taupin song, "Take Me To The Pilot". The overall sound of this collection of songs is somewhat reminiscent of The Band, which very much lends an air of maturity to the whole proceedings.

What you get from this double CD release is proof that Steve can handle a wide variety of musical styles with aplomb and it leaves you in no doubt that he is amongst the best singers this country has produced. Overall, this is a very worthy release and a very worthwhile addition to your record (ok, ok, CD ) collection. Steve still treads the boards on a regular basis and if you want to hear that soaring three and a half octave voice in action, check out the gig listing online, you will not be disappointed.Rollin' With The 69 Crew: The Lost Masters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2014
Through YouTube I rediscovered my favourite group of my teens, always loved steve ellis's voice ,some fantastic tracks , it's a man's man's world, Gimme shelter and my favourite Evie worth every penny.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2014
I absolutely love this CD. All the tracks are out of this world and Steve's voice is just wonderful - brings back lots of memories from my teenage years! I would highly recommend this CD especially to anyone who was into music in the late sixties!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2013
This album is amazing, it takes me back to the time I listened to the "EVERLASTING LOVE AFFAIR" over and over when it came out, and Steve's voice on this new album obviously sounds the same...So good.
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on 3 June 2015
Great Album
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