Billy Eckstine

Senior Soul/If She Walked into My Life

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Senior Soul/If She Walked into My Life Review

by John Bush

Combining two albums Eckstine recorded for the Enterprise division of Stax Records during the early '70s, Senior Soul/If She Walked Into My Life combines the sweet Southern tilt to Memphis soul listeners expect from Stax with one of the leading proto-soul stars. Though Eckstine's rich vibrato tones were both out of fashion and much more difficult to accomplish as he neared 60, there are several solid tracks here, including updates of standards ("Please Send Me Someone to Love," "Sophisticated Lady," "The Very Thought of You") and newer classics ("When Something Wrong Is My Baby," "I Believe in Music," "I'll Always Have Faith in You") specially chosen for Eckstine's wonderfully smooth sensibilities.

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