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Soul - Released February 8, 2005 | Rhino - Elektra

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In contrast to the 1970s -- when artists ranging from Curtis Mayfield to Parliament/Funkadelic were praised for their albums -- singles defined soul music in the 1960s. It has often been pointed out that many Stax and Motown albums of the '60s had their share of filler -- nonetheless, others were full of gems that should have been released as singles. Reissued on CD in 1991, Knock on Wood is one of Eddie Floyd's best albums. The soul shouter successfully embraced sleeker northern soul on other projects, but here he sticks to the type of raw, hard-edged Memphis soul that Stax was first known for. From the unforgettable title song (a number one R&B hit) to covers of J.J. Jackson's "But It's Alright," Jerry Butler's "I Stand Accused," and Wilson Pickett's "634-5789," this CD beautifully illustrates the splendor of down-home Southern R&B. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 1993 | Stax

A pair of remarkable soul hits, "Knock on Wood" and "I've Never Found a Girl," enabled Eddie Floyd to attain national success in 1968. But the longtime singer and composer, whose roots dated back to the Detroit group the Falcons in the late '50s, was a steady, if not spectacular, performer for many years before and after those two songs. Several of Floyd's finest pieces are compiled on the 25-track CD Rare Stamps, including a wonderful testimonial to Otis Redding, "Big Bird." There are also two super duets with Mavis Staples, "Never Let You Go" and "Ain't That Good," which rank with anything that the label issued. © Ron Wynn /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 2006 | Stax

As part of the Stax Profiles series, soul vocalist Eddie Floyd is spotlighted with material recorded between 1966 and 1971 for the Memphis-based label. Actor/comedian, Blues Brother, and super fan Dan Aykroyd, who made sure the singer had a part in the Blues Brothers 2000 flick, selected the 13 cuts on this compilation and did an admirable job of combining the hits "Knock on Wood" and "I've Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" with several lesser-heard gems. For the curious, the disc offers a trimmed yet balanced overview of Eddie Floyd's time at Stax, backed up in various settings by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Con Funk Shun, the Memphis Horns, and Booker T. & the MG's, which not only makes this a quality introduction to the vocalist but to the overall Stax sound as well. © Al Campbell /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 2007 | Stax

Although he is far from a household name in the 21st century, as a songwriter, producer, and performer Eddie Floyd made regular visits to the R&B charts from the mid-'60s through the mid-'70s while he was a part of the legendary Stax Records family. Floyd was originally hired by Stax as a writer and, paired with MG's guitarist Steve Cropper, he wrote several hits for the label, including one for himself, the classic "Knock on Wood" (based on the chord progression for "In the Midnight Hour" reversed), which was Floyd's second single when it was released in 1966. Later, Floyd began writing with another MG's member, Booker T. Jones, and his stay at Stax neatly divides into a Cropper era and a Jones era, both of which are covered in this fine 20-track set. Included are "Knock on Wood," the poignant "Big Bird" (written in the wake of Otis Redding's death, it should have been a bigger hit and remains a favorite of many collectors of vintage soul sides), and a strong cover of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," as well as essentially every key track Floyd sang lead on for Stax. He did much more behind the scenes as a writer and producer, but this set makes a solid introduction to Floyd as a performer, and while he might not have bottled dynamite on-stage quite as famously as Redding or Wilson Pickett, he certainly knew what to do with the recipe. The very definition of unsung, Eddie Floyd truly deserves a wider contemporary audience. © Steve Leggett /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 2008 | Stax

As a songwriter, producer, and performer, Eddie Floyd made regular visits to the R&B charts from the mid-'60s through the mid-'70s while he was part of the legendary Stax Records family. Floyd was originally hired by Stax as a writer and, paired with MG's guitarist Steve Cropper, he wrote several hits for the label, including one for himself, the classic "Knock on Wood" (based on the chord progression for "In the Midnight Hour" reversed), which was Floyd's second single when it was released in 1966. Now in his seventies, Floyd has released a new album on the freshly revived Stax imprint that finds him revisiting some of his classic songs from the old Stax days and reaching even further back to songs he wrote when he was a member of the Falcons in the 1950s. Produced by Michael Dinallo and Ducky Carlisle (collectively known as the Tremelo Twins), Eddie Loves You So is perfectly imagined, sounding like it could have come out in 1967 with that wonderfully funky loose vintage Stax soul sound and nary a synth, drum loop, or any kind of hip-hop flavoring present. There has been no attempt here to update Floyd's sound, which is a definite plus. It means he's in his element, and while his voice is just a bit shopworn these days, it actually adds a certain charm to things (he is, after all, in his seventh decade). The bottom line is that this guy has been a top-notch R&B songwriter for a long time, and the evidence here is compelling. "Since You Been Gone," written in 1957 and demoed (but never officially recorded) by the Falcons, is a brilliant song and Floyd pins it to the wall in this new version. Other gems on this heartwarming set are Floyd's take on "You Don't Know What You Mean to Me," written by Floyd and Cropper for Sam & Dave, who recorded it in 1968; "You're So Fine" (another song from the Falcons' catalog, actually written by Willie Schofield and Lance Finney); and the beautiful, smooth, and comforting "Consider Me." Eddie Loves You So is a complete delight and all the more so for never attempting to be current or up to date. It is Eddie Floyd doing what Eddie Floyd does best. He sings his heart out. © Steve Leggett /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 1997 | Stax

Floyd's seventh and last album for Stax contained a tiny R&B hit in the title track. The record employed the Con Funk Shun rhythm section that would soon rise to soul stardom on their own. But there wasn't much special about the tunes, which revealed some influences from the sounds of Philadelphia and Hi Records, both of which were then peaking in popularity. The CD reissue pairs the album and its predecessor, Baby, Lay Your Head Down (Gently on My Bed), onto one disc, although it's sequenced so that the earlier LP plays first. © Richie Unterberger /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 2007 | Stax

Although he wasn't getting massive hits, Eddie Floyd continued to make solid Southern soul material in the late '60s. This album did have three moderately successful singles, but more importantly, every track features effective wailing leads and country/blues arrangements. An excellent example of the Stax sound. © Ron Wynn /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 1, 1970 | Stax

Eddie Floyd got the '70s underway in fine form with this release. The title track and two other singles, including a good version of "My Girl," made their way into the charts, and Floyd got good mileage out of the album, even though there were danger signs ahead for the Stax label. © Ron Wynn /TiVo
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Soul - Released March 3, 2009 | CW Music - EMG

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Soul - Released January 1, 1990 | Fantasy Records

Like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket, and Rufus Thomas, Eddie Floyd was among the artists who epitomized tough, rugged Southern soul in the 1960s. The Alabama native wasn't oblivious to what soulsters were doing up north -- in fact, he successfully embraced Northern-style soul on some of his albums. But because "Knock on Wood," Floyd's biggest hit, was such a definitive example of Memphis soul, he will forever be identified with Stax records and Southern R&B. Quite appropriately, this 48-minute best-of CD opens with "Knock on Wood," which soared to number one on Billboard's R&B singles chart in 1966 and received a disco-soul makeover from singer Amii Stewart in 1978. But not everything on Chronicle: Greatest Hits is as overtly Southern as "Knock on Wood." Spanning 1966-1974, this is a diverse CD -- one that ranges from very Memphis-sounding gems like "Soul Street," "Love Is a Doggone Good Thing," and "Raise Your Hand" to sleeker, more Northern-influenced treasures such as "I've Never Found a Girl" (a number two R&B hit) and "California Girl." One of the most interesting tracks is a remake of the Temptations' "My Girl," which started out as Motown soul but gets a very Stax-sounding makeover from Floyd. The singer/producer was quite capable of performing Detroit soul, but when he covers a song that Smokey Robinson co-wrote for the Temptations, he is in a Memphis state of mind. Technically, Chronicle: Greatest Hits is a misleading title for this 16-song CD because not all of these recordings were hits. But all of them are excellent, and Chronicle: Greatest Hits is a fine starting point if you are exploring Floyd's work for the first time. © Alex Henderson /TiVo
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Soul - Released January 10, 2017 | HHO

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Soul - Released July 23, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released February 8, 2016 | Shami Media Group 3

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Soul - Released June 2, 2012 | New Generation Doo Wop Soul

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Soul - Released November 18, 2012 | New Generation Doo Wop Soul Records

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Soul - Released October 9, 2020 | CLASSIC WORLD ENTERTAINMENT

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Soul - Released February 8, 1983 | StreamWorld Entertainment Classics

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Soul - Released June 22, 2008 | LocoBop

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Soul - Released July 30, 2002 | Rock House Records

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Soul - Released May 19, 2009 | LocoBop