Eddie Floyd - Eddie Loves You So

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    Eddie Floyd has always been a more than adequate soul singer without reaching the heights of some of his ‘60s colleagues. The former member of The Falcons (the Detroit group that also gave us Wilson Pickett and Joe Stubbs of The Contours) may not be the most intense or passionate soul man when it comes to hardcore vocalizing (think Otis, Wilson, Solomon), reminiscent somewhat of stylist Brook Benton. That said, his first new album in six years ("Eddie Loves You So") is a reminder that he's one helluva songwriter! His credits cover literally pages of the "All Music Guide" and it's easy to forget that Eddie contributed more than just "Knock On Wood" to the Stax catalog, penning tunes for everyone from Carla Thomas to Sam & Dave.

    Produced by the Boston team of Michael Dinallo and Ducky Carlisle, "Eddie Loves You So" (the title taken from an ad-libbed line on "I Will Always Have Faith In You") contains the Alabama-born Floyd's first recorded versions of songs he's written for others including "Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone" (cut by both William Bell and Esther Phillips), given a stark, almost chilling reading, the uptempo "You Don't Know What You Mean To Me" (a Top 20 R&B hit for Sam & Dave) and the aforementioned "Faith In You," a mid-sized R&B ‘60s for ‘Queen Of Stax,' Carla Thomas, here given an almost Caribbean-like touch by Floyd.

    The album also includes the lilting "I Don't Want To Be With Anybody But You," a Floyd composition recorded in 1976 by Dorothy Moore (of "Misty Blue" fame); plus new versions of "You're So Fine" (the Falcons '59 hit single), "Never Get Enough Of Your Love" (a song Eddie recorded after leaving The Falcons just prior to his arrival at Stax) and "Consider Me," a standout ballad co-written with Booker T, Jones and originally included as a track on one of Eddie's Stax albums (1969's "Rare Stamps"). Eddie's performance on this, the new CD's last cut, is probably the finest on the record, showcasing his ability to get ‘deep' vocally when needed; his version of "Til My Back Ain't Got No Bone" is also a highlight on an album that is well-rounded without being exceptional. At a time when traditional soul singing is at a premium, it's just good to hear an original R&B man still making records almost fifty years after he started!

    By David Nathan  (A/k/a "The British Ambassador of Soul")
    Owner www.soulmusic.com

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