Thursday, June 22, 2006

Dave Ellis

Album (1973)

Dave Ellis is an influential English folk guitarist, singer and composer whose music is extremely difficult to categorise, due to its unique diversity and combination of styles. His early instrumental influences include guitarist Bert Jansch.
Ellis' first vinyl album called "Album" (1973) won strong critical praise and is regarded as a classic, but the opportunity presented by acclaimed national TV and radio appearances (on such now-legendary TV shows as The Old Grey Whistle Test) was inexplicably never seized by his record company, at a time when the solo acoustic guitarist/singer-songwriter needed all the promotion they could get, no matter how good the material or performances.
As result of the lack of promotional follow-up at that time, Ellis's guitar prowess has remained one of the best kept secrets of the guitar fraternity, influencing such successful artists as Mark Knopfler.

01. I Have Been Amazed (lyric)
02. I Don't Know (lyrics)
03. Foxtrot
04. Can You Tell Me (lyrics)
05. Autumn Love Skip
06. Let Me Sing You Psalms (lyrics)
07. Interlude
08. Something Wrong (lyrics)
09. The Last Girl (lyrics)
10. Five Knuckle Shuffle
11. Smile for Me (lyrics)
12. Jingle
13. You I Love You (lyrics)
14. Nose Rag

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this record. the instrumentalparts are absolutely brilliant. do you have the marc brierley record?

25 June, 2006 10:28  
Blogger Lizardson said...

I know him only from web-site informations. wanna listen...

25 June, 2006 11:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brierley's "Welcome To The Citadel" is patchy, but when it's good it's as good as acid-folk gets. Fantastic cover, too, one of the best of the era.

26 June, 2006 16:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, do you have any idea of the value of this lp. i have a really nice copy.
egibbs@maine.rr.com

thanks
jason

ps, thanks for the post.

22 July, 2006 05:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I saw Dave Ellis perfom in Brussels, Belgium in 72 or 73 and was blown away by his fantastic show and guitar playing. Immediately bought the album, but I don't have it anymore. Any chance of a re-post? I still remember him play an amazing Robert Johnson-blues as an encore + a great instrumental using retuned harmonics!
Keep up the good work, I find your blogspot a great help as I'm rebuilding a lost collection of old folk lp's...
thanks a lot
Eddy, Belgium

24 November, 2006 16:25  
Blogger Dave said...

I remember that trip to Belgium! You can buy my old Dave Ellis 'Album' remastered on CD for £15 from http://www.daveandboo.com/onlineshop.html#anchordavealbum
I'd appreciate it if you had a listen to what I'm doing now with Boo Howard while you're there... it's depressing when people don't want to listen to something more up to date. I've never played better!

02 April, 2010 19:26  
Blogger Lizardson said...

Thanks for your comment, Dave!
"Album" is one of my top 10 favorite album :)

02 April, 2010 22:18  
Blogger bertie said...

Merry Christmas, Dave! I very much remember your stunning playing from Guildford (Surrey) University circa 1973. I was playing in an acoustic original trio (Pride )on same bill. You certainly left your mark even though you didn`t receive the recognition you deserved. Good luck with your current line of work.
Pete S.

25 December, 2010 21:00  

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