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 â€˜60s for â€˜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 â€˜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")