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