Intro by Dusty Groove Main Review by RDTEN1
Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos
Eddie’s masterpiece LP of late sixties soul, with the classic “Hey There Lonely Girl“, the title cut, and a lot of other great original compositions. The sound on here is perfect, and nearly every cut shines. There’s almost no filler, and Eddie’s voice is strong, beautiful, and has a raspy edge that sounds great! We love this one to death, and it’s a surprisingly great album all the way through by a star that you might mistake for a one-hit wonder.
A1 I Love You 3:11
A2 It’s All In The Game 3:13
A3 Since My Love Has Gone 2:38
A4 I Cried 2:45
A5 I’ll Be Forever Loving You 2:50
A6 Since I Don’t Have You 3:10
B1 Hey There Lonely Girl 3:19
B2 Let Me Into Your Life 2:20
B3 Four Walls 2:25
B4 Don’t Stop Now 2:55
B5 Am I A Loser 2:34
Vocalist extraordinaire Eddie Holman is among the most listened-to artists in the fields of popular and classic R&B music. His unforgettable falsetto voice and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love-song in much of the English-speaking world. ”Hey There Lonely Girl” is the beautiful tune that seems to touch every ones soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans.
Eddie’s smooth-flowing style is a reflection of the primary musical influences in his life: Jackie Wilson, who is arguably the greatest stage talent ever, and the velvet crooner himself, Nat King Cole. These two industry giants are the creative example for the younger Eddie by their boundless exhibition of class and style.
In many ways Eddie Holman stands as a perfect example of a journeyman soulster. Immensely talented, he’s been recording since the mid-1960s and continues to perform. Unfortunately, apart from a handful of minor R&B hits, he’s only enjoyed one unabashed commercial success – 1970′s# 2 pop ’Hey There Lonely Girl‘.
Having worked together during the early and mid-1960s, 1969 saw Holman renew his collaboration with Philadelphia-based producer Peter DeAngelis. The partnership was interesting in that DeAngelis’ reputation rested on his work with 1950s era teen idols such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Gawd only knows why, but the two parties somehow found a musical connection, turning 1970′s “I Love You” into an impressive set of Philadelphia soul. Surrounded by first-rate material such as the title track (co-written by wife Sheila Holman), ‘It’s All In the Game‘ and the self-penned ‘Am I A Loser‘ Holman’s instantly recognizable falsetto and measured deliveries were quite impressive. While the set would have benefited from a couple of up tempo numbers and a little less theatricality (‘Four Walls‘), the only real complaint stemmed from DeAngelis’ heavy handed arrangements and orchestration. Holman deserved considerable credit for being able to stand up to the walls of strings and nauseating backing vocalists. The bottom line is than anyone into 1970s soul groups such as The Delfonics and The Stylistics will find this worth owning.