Eddie Floyd – 1968 – I’ve Never Found A Girl

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You should all be really happy that we have Mr.Moo within our contributors cause he shares with us great albums like this one. Eddie Floyd‘s 2nd LP “I’ve Never Found A Girl”, a Southern Soul diamond.

In 1966, Floyd recorded a song intended for Otis Redding. Wexler convinced Stax president Jim Stewart to release Floyd’s version. The Steve Cropper/Eddie Floyd “Knock On Wood” launched Floyd’s solo career and has been cut by over a hundred different artists from David Bowie to Count Basie. It became a disco hit for Amii Stewart in 1979.

Floyd was one of Stax’s most consistent and versatile artists. He scored several more hits on his own, including “I Never Found a Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)” and “Raise Your Hand”, which was covered by both Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen.

This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Mr.Moo) of the original Stax Records Lp including covers.

A1. Bring It On Home To Me 2.29
A2. Never Give You Up 2.40
A3. Girl I Love You 3.15
A4. Hobo 2.55
A5. I Need You Woman 2.13
A6. I’ve Never Found A Girl 2.40
B1. I’ll Take Her 2.33
B2. Slip Away 3.21
B3. I’m Just The Kind Of Fool 3.13
B4. Water 3.03
B5. Sweet Things You Do 2.10

Review by Soulmakossa

The fantastic, highly original spin on Sam Cooke’s “Bring It on Home to Me” opens Eddie Floyd’s second album with the same fire and passion that exuded out of Floyd’s own classic, “Knock on Wood“. The Memphis Horns and Booker T. and his M.G.’s cook up a monster of a groove here, and the track rightfully became a big R&B hit when released on single. But there is so much more on this highly underrated album…

Eddie’s take on Jerry Butler’s “Never Give You Up” is fantastic: Al Jackson keeps the beat right in the pocket, while strings and even the French horn are put to use here, wonderfully embellishing this solid tune. “Girl I Love You” is rooted more firmly in the blues-drenched Memphis tradition. Steve Cropper churns out some mighty fine guitar fills while the Memphis Horns wail on infectiously behind him. “Hobo” surely ranks as one of Floyd’s finest soulful rock compositions (along with the classic “Big Bird”), with its incessant beat and catchy backing vocals. Nonetheless, it was relegated to LP-only status forever, and thus is one of Eddie’s least known soulful stompers. Even stronger is the high powered “I Need You Woman“, one of those inimitable Stax-gems with the entire band and Floyd ripping it up. Especially tantalizing ’bout this tune is the clever incorporation of some elements of Sam & Dave’s massive “Soul Man” in the middle of the song.

The title tune is just gorgeous. Soul perfection. Eddie’s huge voice, the thick, steady rolling bass, and those irrestistible strings rightfully turned this into Floyd’s second biggest hit ever. What’s more remarkable about this tune is that aside drummer Al Jackson and the Memphis Horns, all instruments are played and arranged by Booker T. Jones, including the right-on-the-money, sweet guitar solo. A Southern Soul must! The upbeat mood doesn’t falter after that; the busy, horn-infected “I’ll Take Her” – featuring superb harmony vocalizing – and Floyd’s spin on Clarence Carter’s “Slip Away” are energetic, stomping slices of supreme, grade A Southern Soul. But when Floyd decides to slow things down a bit, he really goes for broke. The indescribably beautiful “I’m Just the Kind of Fool” is, in my opinion, almost the equal to James Carr’s “Dark End of the Street”. Eddie’s lamenting voice, the moody, hazey beat, the wailing horns and Booker T.’s haunting, gospelish Hammond fills certainly created someting very VERY special here. A track that will not let you go. Essential. And despite “Water” being upbeat, jolly and almost carefree in its sound, the lyrics are completely in sync with the despair uttered in “I’m Just the Kind of Fool”. Nonetheless, Eddie’s the kinda guy that is, from the heart, an optimist. And the LP ends on a likeminded note, with the rockin’, supergroove of “Sweet Things You Do“, a joyous celebration of sweet, sweet lovin’.


Biography, discography and more from AllMusic here.

This album wasn’t reissued, except as part of this 1993 combi CD release here.

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  • jean paris
    Posted at 17:19h, 05 March 2010 Reply

    yes….another beautiful contribution from mr moo…ty dude….stax is my label for life

  • JTF
    Posted at 21:00h, 05 March 2010 Reply


  • George
    Posted at 01:03h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    That is Soul!

  • Ken
    Posted at 01:12h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    I totally agree that “I’m Just The Kind Of Fool” is the essential track of the album. Really amazed me. Thank you Mr Moo and Nikos for another quality post.

  • jozemo
    Posted at 03:40h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    thanks for the soul!

  • Josh
    Posted at 04:24h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    Ah yes, great album! Thank you!

  • Mister Awesome
    Posted at 07:22h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    This is gooooood stuff! Thanks x1010110930234823423948234029384203948230492834029348203948230492834029384203948230492384!

  • Desmond
    Posted at 12:39h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    Eddie wrote some great songs and helped put Stax on the map. Excellent.

  • Bill
    Posted at 14:40h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    Perfect southern soul. Thank you.

  • jaguar
    Posted at 15:04h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    Wonderful LP from a great singer.

    Many thanks.

  • Leonard
    Posted at 16:54h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    CLASSIC! the world should listen to this brilliant singer.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 18:07h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    thanks once again!!!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 23:00h, 06 March 2010 Reply

    Great Album!!! Much thanks Mr. Moo and Nikos!! Soulmakossa too for the nice review.

  • jos
    Posted at 14:13h, 07 March 2010 Reply


  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 15:29h, 07 March 2010 Reply

    STAX!!!!The label was a major factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles, also releasing gospel, funk, jazz, and blues recordings. While Stax is renowned for its output of African-American music, the label was founded by two white businesspeople, Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton, and featured several popular ethnically-integrated bands, including the label’s house band, Booker T. & the MG’s. Otis Redding,Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Sam and Dave, Carla Thomas, William Bell, Booker T. & the MG’s, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Kays, Albert King, The Mad Lads, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus Thomas,Staple Singers …..

  • Len
    Posted at 05:06h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    Hey Guys!! Thanks again for posting another gem from the Stax label…..I have never gotten to hear this before now and it is truly a shame that this is not out amongst the other label core catalog reissues!! This should be available like all the Otis and Sam Cooke reissues are. You gotta just love that groove of the backing band……has a similar feel/sound like alot of the Sam And Dave band backing. Simply FANTASTIC!!! Thanks again!!

  • FES
    Posted at 10:54h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    great stuff. i had no idea of this great singer. thanks so much mr moo.

  • hooch
    Posted at 15:26h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    Thanks Mr Moo & Nikos – lovely album!

  • Brox
    Posted at 20:18h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    Thanks brother!

  • rich
    Posted at 22:37h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    mr.moo many thanx for this wonderful lp

  • Roy
    Posted at 22:37h, 08 March 2010 Reply

    The Amazing Stax label and the brilliant Eddie Floyd. What’s better? Get it fast. It is fascinating….

  • ednom
    Posted at 01:00h, 09 March 2010 Reply

    thank you for the album guys

  • SoulmanT
    Posted at 21:06h, 09 March 2010 Reply

    Excellent post. Bravo..

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 02:03h, 10 March 2010 Reply

    Great album, thanks for the link. One quibbling error though, “Never Give You UP” was orginally a Jerry Butler hit, not Gene Chandler.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 10:41h, 10 March 2010 Reply

    Thank you for the correction. Of course “Never Give you up” is Jerry Butler’s song.

  • dj85
    Posted at 07:10h, 11 March 2010 Reply

    Thanks. this one looks good. i cant wait to hear.

  • pedro
    Posted at 07:24h, 11 March 2010 Reply

    thanks NIKOS for ed’s 2nd album i saw him perform this and many others when i was dam sight younger brought this single at the time , very talented man to say the lease and you just love the memphis dig backing him even royal studios could’nt of done it better thanks again

  • Paul R
    Posted at 10:35h, 11 March 2010 Reply

    Damn, another great album in the best soul site ever. Thank u Mr.Moo.

  • Heartlocker
    Posted at 15:20h, 11 March 2010 Reply

    When you listen to amazing songs like these, then hear the garbage that passes for black music today, it makes you want to weep.

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 15:21h, 11 March 2010 Reply

    Stax man Eddie Floyd had great down home songs and was in the tradition of many southern soul men. Thank your for honoring him.

  • 3rdEye
    Posted at 03:01h, 12 March 2010 Reply

    Eddie the man!!!Appreciate the post Nikos!

  • Julian
    Posted at 11:36h, 12 March 2010 Reply

    It doesn’t get much than better this. Wonderful blog. Congrats.

  • Alfredo
    Posted at 17:47h, 13 March 2010 Reply

    Ah Man! A lot of us re discovered so many classics into this amazing soul funk magazine! Bless you.

  • damian
    Posted at 22:24h, 14 March 2010 Reply

    “What would I give for just … ” some tunes like this. Made my day. Best, Damian

  • Chris (Divided Souls Ent)
    Posted at 07:11h, 02 April 2010 Reply

    Can you ever really have enough Stax product??? LOL Thanks again and GOD BLESS

  • El Slick
    Posted at 04:16h, 12 April 2010 Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity to hear this again. This was the jam that got us a good slow drag back in the day.

  • spc
    Posted at 20:42h, 18 April 2010 Reply

    Thanks – I enjoyed this. Also realised that one of my old reggae tunes (‘Ain’t No Love’ by U Roy,Little Sport & The Acoustic Shadows) is a version of ‘I Never Found A Girl’ – you can check it out here if you’re interested: http://rootsfromyard.blogspot.com/2009/07/deejay-week.html

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:22h, 23 May 2011 Reply

    great stuff man…northern soul!!!

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