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Sounds Of The Street

06 JUL 09 DAVID NATHAN

Eddie Floyd, former member of Detroit vocal group The Falcons, didn't enjoy consistent chart honors as a recording artist, but he did cut some eight albums for Stax from 1967-1974. His final two sets for the label are now available in digital format only under the collective title Soul Street.

In spite of his massive 1966 now-classic "Knock On Wood" and subsequent hits like "I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)" and a cover of Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me," singer/songwriter Floyd never achieved the level of success afforded Stax colleagues like Otis Redding and Johnnie Taylor. He did however contribute a considerable amount of material to the Stax catalog through compositions recorded by others (from Carla Thomas to William Bell) and his writing prowess is such that he has over 10 pages of credits at All Music Guide covering a myriad of artists from Esther Phillips to David Bowie.

The first 10 tracks on Soul Street originally appeared on Eddie's 1973 LP Baby Lay Your Head Down, the title track of which (co-written with members of The MG's) achieved a modicum of success as a single on the R&B charts. The balance of that album includes compositions by Floyd as well as contributions from another former Falcon, Sir Mack Rice and well-known Memphis songwriter Homer Banks.

The other tracks, from the original Soul Street album issued in 1974, feature a rhythm section that would form the basis for the funk band Con Funk Shun and once again, mostly Floyd originals including a version of "Stop, Look What You're Doing To Me," a hit for Carla Thomas some years earlier along with a solid soul version of Jesse Belvin's classic "Guess Who," a nice showcase for Floyd's smooth vocal style.

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