November 26, 2013 – 4:50 am

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West Germany 1970 [William Tell Edition 090, 1CD]

Live at the Open Air Festival, Bodensee Stadion, Konstanz, West Germany; August 9, 1970. Good to fairly good audience recording.

Down memory lane…

Originally formed in 1966, this London, England-based quintet comprised Steve Ellis (vocals), Morgan Fisher (keyboards), Rex Brayley (guitar), Mick Jackson (bass) and Maurice Bacon (drums). Although Ellis was barely 16 years old, the band performed frequently in clubs on a semi-professional basis. Fisher was briefly replaced by Lynton Guest and the following year Ellis, backed by session musicians, recorded a sparkling cover version of Robert Knight’s ‘Everlasting Love’ for CBS Records. By January 1968, the single unexpectedly hit No. 1 in the UK and Love Affair became instant pop stars with Ellis’s cherubic looks gracing teen magazines throughout the nation. With Bacon’s father Sid overseeing the management, the band resisted the solicitations of more powerful entrepreneurs, yet failed to exploit their potential. Four more Top 20 hits followed, ‘Rainbow Valley’, ‘A Day Without Love’, ‘One Road’ and ‘Bringing On Back The Good Times’, but by 1969 Ellis had left to start a solo career.

Thanks to Doctor Robert for recording the tracks; William Tell for providing the tracks; and to luciferburns who shared them at Dime. luciferburns added: “Special thanks to Dime member ‘Zubbid’ for help with the song titles as well as the lineup!”

Hitachi Low Noise Cassettes > ITT Schaub-Lorenz: SL54 Automatic > Philips Mic EL 3782
Hitachi Low Noise Master Cassettes > Nakamichi 682 ZX Cassette Tape deck (normal eq/no noise reduction) > Tascam FireOne > iMac 3.06 GHz Intel Core Duo > Audacity > normalize > FLAC

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. I Put A Spell On You (Screaming Jay Hawkins) 4:29 (7.5MB)
Track 02. Walking Down The Road 3:44 (6.3MB)
Track 03. Gypsy 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 04. Thank You Bean 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 05. Speak Of Peace, Sing Of Joy 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 06. Gee’s Whiz 4:45 (8.0MB)
Track 07. Captain Kind Untitled 5:55 (10.0MB)
Track 08. Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones) 6:10 (10.3MB)
Track 09. Sea Of Tranquility 7:39 (12.9MB)
46 mins

Gus Yeadon (aka August Eadon) - vocals/flute (1970-1971)
Rex Brayley - guitar (1967-1971)
Morgan Fisher - organ (1968-1971)
Mick Jackson - bass (1967-1971)
Maurice Bacon - drums (1967-1971)

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  1. 10 Responses to “LOVE AFFAIR - WEST GERMANY 1970”

  2. Thanks for this Big-o I sent this to Morgan who has never heard it!…also from Morgan:BTW I checked, and track 7 is called “Captain Kind”, written by our singer Gus Eadon (who is not in the photo).

    By Stlouielou on Nov 26, 2013

  3. I had almost forgotten how an organ could be an integral part of a band, it’s heyday was 50’s and 60’s. Here we have flute too. This is very nice psychedelic stuff with slight hints of Jethro Tull and Doors. There is one dynamite cover of Paint It Black. Not a bad recording, but I could wish for better because the material is quite interesting. The cover is off-putting with no hint of their power - they look like forerunners of the Bay City Rollers!

    By Job Hunter on Nov 26, 2013

  4. Stlouielou, can Gus Eadon provide a 1970 photo of himself or him with the band for inclusion? I was listening to Captain Kind when your comment came in, LOL! Tell him I like his playing, btw.

    By Job Hunter on Nov 26, 2013

  5. Stlouielou, I meant please ask Morgan if he had Gus’ photo, and it was his playing on the organ that I appreciated.

    By Job Hunter on Nov 26, 2013

  6. where`s darth i need a laugh

    By pitts top on Nov 27, 2013

  7. I sent him this link this morning so maybe he will check back in????…I checked his facebook and didn’t see any photos w/ Love Affair

    By Stlouielou on Nov 27, 2013

  8. also I did a google image search and there are quite a few there, hope this helps

    By Stlouielou on Nov 27, 2013

  9. Hello Stlouielou

    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 27, 2013

  10. this was the only item on sugarmegs site of them.

    By darth on Nov 27, 2013

  11. Gus Eadon was previously the lead singer/flute/organ of The Elastic Band from England in the late 60’s. This incarnation of Love Affair sounds much like the Elastic Band. Under Steve Ellis, they were more pop influenced. I like both versions, but the latter better than the former.

    By Job Hunter on Nov 28, 2013

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