David Clayton,Author of 'Heavy Load-The Free Story writes: Until about a year or so ago David Elliott was just a name on one of the tracks on the 'Koss' compilation album to me. At that time, and for an afternoon and an evening, he was the keyboard player on 'You've Taken Hold Of Me', the track written by Eddie Baird for Paul's proposed solo album 'Love Is The Lord'. So I was surprised when David got in touch to say he was trying to get the masters to a track of his featuring Paul, recorded during the same session. It took some time but I gave him the tape box and reference numbers I had, and he diligently worked the business necessary to get the multi-tracks he needed to finish the song and mix it for an album he was putting together. And when everything was coming together I was happy to provide sleeve notes for his new CD In fact, initially David Elliott was signed to Island Publishing in London by Lionel Conway, and a deal with Atlantic Records produced two albums back in the days before his meeting with Kossoff. It was a brief liaison, but it certainly left an impression on him, and he speaks with great pride at being able to record with Koss, even if a band never did ensue from the short assocation. David's first Atlantic album hosts a wealth of musical talent and positively drips with celebs including Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray from Elton John's band. Caleb Quaye later worked on Elton's 'Captain Fantastic'. Albert Lee is on here; Tim Renwick, veteran of KKTR; B.J. Cole'; Mick Grabham (Procol Harum). Even Rick Wills, later of Foreigner and Bad Company. It's an impressive list and shows the weight Atlantic was throwing behind their signing. The album has 11 cuts, nothing over 5 minutes in length, and really shows the songs and the writing. It's very US sounding, lots of acoustic guitars and finger picking stuff. 'Some' is very Nick Drake and my favorite cut. It comes complete with a nice string arrangement by none other than Robert Kirby, who actually did the beautiful stuff on Nick's 'Five Leaves Left'. In that respect it's a good Sunday afternoon type record and that's not a bad thing. Some of Elton's early stuff falls into that category too. His second album 'Solid Ground' sounds much for confident and has a nice cohesive feel lacking somewhat in the debut. Nothing counts more than a little experience when you are making records. The sound is still tilted towards the west coast of the US with B.J. Cole's pedal steel slipping between the acoustic guitars and strings, but the production is better and that makes quite a difference. 'Railway Line' is particularly good and would have made a great US single I'd have thought, but the track here that counts is 'I'm On Fire For You Baby', recorded at Muscle Shoals, using all the usual suspects (David Hood, Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett, Pete Carr, and Jimmy Johnson), and produced by Brad Shapiro (see Andy Fraser's 'In Your Eyes'). It was later covered by Canadian band April Wine, and they took it too the top ten. With Shapiro's production this would easily slip onto Fraser's album and I can actually imagine a whole bunch of people covering this. 'Solid Ground' is a good album and well worth investigation. 'All One' shows David updating his treatment of the track April Wine took into the charts and also giving some of his collaborations an airing. There's a track in here co-written bith Tim Hardin ('If You Sell One Acre'), and also his version of 'I've Got A Bet With Myself', originally recorded by Levon Helm of The Band. This current album is much more pushy than the laid back Atlantic releases, and benefits from more raunchy sounds. There's still the feeling that David is happier as a songwriter than a 'solo artist', but at least here you get the feeling that he's pushing himself into the spotlight a little more. His voice has gotten better with time too. The Kossoff track ('All One') is obviously our main interest here and Paul provides all the thrills and licks we'd expect. You can tell it's from the 'Taken Hold Of Me' sessions by the guitar tone and it's release is very welcome as another piece in the jigsaw of what was happening during the lost period of broken bands and uncompleted albums. David took the track down to Muscle Shoals to finish it and it was well worth the effort as far as I'm concerned. ANY new Kossoff is always welcome. How it would have sounded if the sessions had been fully realized is debatable and had Kossoff been more together, the track may have been issued back then-better late than never. David Elliott, with two albums on Atlantic Records under his belt, has also had his original songs recorded by well known artists, such as Levon Helm (drummer/singer with 'The Band'), April Wine (established Canadian band that had a hit with David's song 'I'm On Fire For You Baby') and Mick Grabham (lead guitarist for Procul Harum). David has toured with Gordon Lightfoot, Randy Newman, The Kinks, Roxy Music, King Crimson, and Jose Feliciano, to name a few. He has recorded with various well known artists such as Paul Kossoff, lead guitarist for the group 'Free'. He has also co-written songs with such legendary songwriters as Tim Hardin, of 'If I Were a Carpenter' and 'Reason To Believe' fame.
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