Eddie Floyd: I Stand Accused (1967)

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Eddie Floyd: I Stand Accused (1967)

Although best known for his backbeat-driven hits Knock on Wood and Raise Your Hand in 1967 -- both of which came from his Knock on Wood album -- and for writing 634-5789 with Steve Cropper for Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd was also a deep and moving soul singer.

On that album (in a ridiculously literal cover, right), Floyd went deep into his own heartacher Got to Make a Comeback and in fact his light and warm voice was more at home on material like Warm and Tender Love than on High-Heel Sneakers.

And there was this this quiet gem which was made famous by its writer Jerry Butler and later by Otis Redding.

But Floyd gets to the soul and heart of the lyric, and doesn't deliver it as smooth as Butler or as over-wrought like Hayes.

He just nails it in this truthful and moving version, and the Knock on Wood album is one of those in that exceptional box Atlantic Soul Legends which was a recent Bargain Buy (see here). 

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