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5.0 out of 5 stars 60s music at it's best., 29 July 2008
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This review is from: Love Affair - The Best of the Good Times (Audio CD)
What a fantastic album, from, one of Englands most talented, yet less well known bands,although their music is very familiar, being used in Tv ads, and films, such as, Bridget Jone's Diary ect. that most people will recognise.

A London based band, formed in 1966, and headed by talented singer, Steve Ellis, Their music ranges from pop, to pure, Motown, Northern soul,type sounds, to, R& B, and psychedelic sounds of the late 60s.

The album is made up of,their biggest hits, Bringing on back the good times, and their No1 hit in the uk, Everlasting Love.probably their best known hit. The song writing skills of this band, are simply superb. The arrangements, and orchestration stunning. I love the Brass. The latter two songs mentioned, are sung from the heart, and get to your emotions, very uplifting,happy, and great to dance too.
This album also contains, other classic hits, and tracks, from the bands albums. The song Hush being used on at least two, recent uk TV ads. Rainbow valley, A day without you,Baby I Know,and many other great songs, feature the bands styles, and versatility.
At least two songs, have been coverd by, Rod Stewart. The first cut is the deepest, and, Handbags and gladrags. the latter being coverd by the Stereophonics.

This album is somewhat of a rarity, I love every track. It seems to cover their best work, Why this band never had the acclaim of other bands such as, The Kinks, The small faces,of that decade today, Ill never know.
as a songwriter myself, they will always be something to aspire to, but,never equaled. For this is how great music sounds like, sadly many bands today, simply don't have the talent, or originality , although there are exceptions. music lacking in haert and soul. as one track on the album entitled, Gone are the songs of yesterday clearly suggests.

Pitty no sleeve notes about the band as stated by fellow reviewers state, but this is a real gem of a album, with, pure classic 60s indulgence of sheer class, and great to dance too.

Best few quid iv'e ever spent, a treat to the ears, a joy to the soul.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2010 21:27:15 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Oct 2010 20:41:24 BDT
STEVE666 says:
Not sure that you're aware of this, but 'The First Cut...' and 'Handbags and Gladrags' were only covers when the Love Affair sang them; originally written by Cat Stevens and Mike d'Abo, respectively.
The irony with the Love Affair was that it was their big chart-topping hits that actually brought forth their eventual demise. They were plucked from obscurity by the record company simply as `pretty boys' to `front' those lavish big hit productions--- Everlasting Love, Rainbow Valley, etc. Apart from vocalist, Steve Ellis, none of the band actually played a single note on them. That's were the tension lay---in the fact that they could play but weren't deemed capable enough by the record company. A similar parallel, in fact, to the Monkees early stuff.
If you want to hear the REAL Love Affair, buy their one and only studio album, The Everlasting Love Affair. (I got it on one of Amazons market stalls for a couple of quid). Although this album also boasts their big hits, amongst them there are a couple of crackers, written AND performed by the band. Namely `The Tree' and `Once Upon a Season'. Those two with a couple of others, to me, show the true worth of the band, not the lavish big production hits that they're remembered for.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2011 18:27:05 GMT
Lady H says:
Thank you, couldn't have put it better myself :)
The original poster could use a spellchecker, makes reading hard work..

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2012 03:16:39 BDT
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