Eddie Floyd – 1971 – Down To Earth

The bold, ambitious Down to Earth represents Eddie Floyd’s most daring break from the classic Stax sound. Produced and arranged in collaboration with the great Steve Cropper, its muscular soul sound draws heavily on psychedelic rock sensibilities, favoring extended jams, mutating tempos, and thick, bubbling rhythms. Cropper’s scorching guitar is as much a focal point as Floyd’s raw, desperate vocals. Together they transform Curtis Mayfield’s aching “People Get Ready” into electric kool-aid gospel, while the blues-rock epic “When the Sun Goes Down” owes as much to Cream as Willie Dixon. If anything, Down to Earth proves too radical a departure, pushing Floyd so far afield that critical elements feel forced and inauthentic. Still, when the risks pay off (e.g., the lysergic-minded “Linda Sue Dixon”), the record soars.

A1 People Get Ready 4:44
A2 Linda Sue Dixon 3:54
A3 My Mind Was Messed Around At The Time 3:30
A4 When The Sun Goes Down 5:46
B1 Salvation 5:29
B2 I Only Have Eyes For You 3:13
B3 Tears Of Joy 5:09
B4 Changing Love 6:29

Review by Soulmakossa

Eddie Floyd went for something different in ’71… and man does it rock! 

Heavy guitars set off a chaotic, slightly psychedelic, thumping version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready“: Stretched to almost five minutes, there’s a considerably Southern Rock feel to the tune, which also features a plodding bass solo and an overall greaziness that would not have been out of place on releases by such bands as the Buddy Miles Express, Blood Sweat & Tears and early Parliament. 

What follows may well be even weirder: Sir Mack Rice’s clever “Linda Sue Dixon“: Set to another pacey, bouncing groove, Floyd sings of a woman that gets him so high he’ll just name her LSD. What tops off the craziness is the violin-on-acid soloing throughout. 

Immediately afterward, Floyd makes plain just what drugs can do to you on the rocking, frantic “My Mind Was Messed Around at the Time” – a tune written by himself along with Steve Cropper and Sir Mack Rice. 

The A-side ends on a creepy note with the gospelish, witnessin’ belter “When the Sun Goes Down“. A full-throttled vocal by Floyd here proves just how powerful the man’s voice really was. The distorted bluesy guitar riffs and hot buttered horns turn this into a ‘testafyin’ at the juke joint’ bit that’s just INSANELY funky. 

The sweaty, greasy, down home flavour is swiftly revisited on side B, which opens with the lazy, laidback and guitar driven rocker “Salvation“, after which thangs finally cool down a bit with the sweet, almost ’50-ish throwback R&B styled “I Only Have Eyes for You“. 

The same pretty much goes for Eddie’s solo composition “Tears of Joy“, a dreamy ballad that is neatly orchestrated with more gospel-styled piano and a reoccuring horn riff that sounds strangely “Penny Lane“-esque. 

But the album ends the way it started, with another super funky, blasting piece of heavenly soulful rock. “Changing Love” has a wicked groove that reminds me of some of Buddy Miles’ hardest funk waxings. Aside that, there’s some very appealing guitar soloing runnin’ through the entire song while those fabulous Memphis Horns cook up another tasty stew that place this tune firmly in the fertile grounds of Southern Soul. Amazing stuff…


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  • Warren
    Posted at 20:27h, 05 January 2018 Reply

    awesome soul from eddie Floyd, stax magic.

  • Alanis
    Posted at 20:32h, 05 January 2018 Reply

    Could listen all night and day

  • Bariel
    Posted at 11:41h, 06 January 2018 Reply

    Great Stuff! Memphis Soul!!!

  • Michel Hanson
    Posted at 11:44h, 06 January 2018 Reply

    I grew up listening to this Wonderful Music.

  • Arthur
    Posted at 17:18h, 07 January 2018 Reply

    Nice to upgrade my old lp! thank you!

  • Larson
    Posted at 23:42h, 07 January 2018 Reply

    Wonderful share

  • Aveiro
    Posted at 19:59h, 08 January 2018 Reply

    great post , thanks for your time and effort

  • Santiago
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  • Saoul
    Posted at 23:53h, 08 January 2018 Reply

    Oh man this is amazing I’ve been hoping you guys would post this album.

  • Frances
    Posted at 10:23h, 09 January 2018 Reply

    thanks for these jewels, looking forward to sitting back and listening…

  • Mark
    Posted at 19:23h, 09 January 2018 Reply

    Thank you – very much looking forward to checking this out.

  • Kevin
    Posted at 12:21h, 10 January 2018 Reply

    Wow! This really takes me back.

  • Graig
    Posted at 21:57h, 10 January 2018 Reply

    I’m looking forward listening to this gem. Thanks for your generosity.

  • The Dragon
    Posted at 13:42h, 11 January 2018 Reply

    My favorite blog. Super info and lp’s. Much appreciated.

  • Rafael
    Posted at 19:50h, 11 January 2018 Reply

    I have the original vinyl for years.Thanks for this version, with all the great artwork.

  • Catherine
    Posted at 02:24h, 28 January 2018 Reply

    when music used to be real good music

  • Psychfan
    Posted at 04:34h, 24 May 2018 Reply

    Thank you much!

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