Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Sweet Soul Harmony

Eddie & Ernie - I Believe She Will

After six posts in a row featuring '70s soul, today's selection takes us back to the '60s on a sweet soul harmony tack. Eddie & Ernie's sublime harmonies and awesome songs were covered in this blog on Valentine's Day and I'll refer you to that post for more info about the great but unheralded duo.

"I Believe She Will" had a 1966 release on Shazam before it was picked up by Chess, which had a couple of years before picked up their "Time Waits for No One" and "It's a Weak Man That Cries" (both released on Checker). This is solid Southern soul, with the duo working their magic in a very gentle manner with the gospel-tinged ballad. Although the lyrics are very optimistic, there's something about the way they sing it that leaves a touch of sadness behind, which perhaps accurately portrays the anxiety that relationships sometimes bring. As the old DJ's used to say, if you don't dig this, you've got a hole in your soul.

1 comment:

Steve said...

It is amazing how strong early reggae was influenced by this type of thing - when I first heard this I thought it must be Slim Smith!