Label: Sanctuary Records - CMEDD1047 • Format: 2x, CDr Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock
John "Walk On Gilded Splinters". Housed in nifty card packaging with individual cardboard sleeves for each CDthis new package includes detailed sleeve-notes with quotes from Steve Ellis. This album was first released inentitled "A Sort Of Innocence" now withdrawn. The edition has been re-mastered, and it also includes an alternate version of "Everlasting Love".
This 2CD, 43 track anthology contains A- and B-sides of all the singles he cut with Love Affair 7Ellis 4 and Widowmaker 2plus seven solo singles, many which have never been available on CD before. This CD has since been withdrawn. This sported a new cover and included an alternate version of "Everlasting Love" plus a revised tracklisting. Demonstration CD copies are in circulation and they show that this really is a great album which should have seen the light of day!
When producers Meehan and Courtney had a dispute, the finished album was cancelled, although a few cassette and 8-track tapes were issued Indian Rope Man - Steve Ellis - An Everlasting Soul - The Anthology Ariola in May White label vinyl Gavião - Abel Ferreira - 20 Selecionadas pressings from also exist.
The front and back covers of the LP are pictured middle left - I am still looking for a colour scan! The "Last Angry Man" album finally saw the light of day in with seven bonus tracks recorded inSpanish Harlem Orchestra - Tambori / La Banda 'Basement Days', referring to the 2-track studio they were recorded in.
Steve Ellis got a call from his manager shortly after he'd left the Love Affair inasking if he would like to sing on a film soundtrack. When Steve learnt that Keith Mansfield who had produced all the Indian Rope Man - Steve Ellis - An Everlasting Soul - The Anthology Affair hits was commissioned to write the film score he jumped at the chance.
The soundtrack LP was ever issued in the US, but the movie was released on home video pictured below left. Young men manage to steal money from a bank vault, attempt to hide it in a coffin that already holds a body, remove the body, and then are stuck attempting to hide both.
Hywel Bennett plays Dennis, one of the young robbers, who lays every woman in sight; Milo O'Shea plays his father; Richard Attenborough is the inspector on the bank case; and Lee Remick plays a sexy nurse caring for Dennis' mother and looking for a rich man. The soundtrack album carries with it short extracts of dialogue. The combination of Mansfield's writing and arrangements and Ellis' performance produces a groovy blend of funky rock, plenty of Hammond and stomping beats.
IV. The Divine Fire Of The Archangel - Luca Turillis Rhapsody - Prometheus (Symphonia Ignis Divinus, China White - Scorpions - Deadly Sting, Poco Più Mosso Subito (Tempo II) - Mahler*, Bernstein*, New York Philharmonic* - The Complete Sympho, Devil Or Angel - Various - Disc/Coveries