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The career of the New Orleans singer Eldridge Holmes, one of the great forgotten talents of 1960s Southern soul, is highlighted on this best-of, which follows his development, overseen by producer Allen Toussaint, throughout the 1960s and early '70s. Tracks like the impassioned "Love Problem," a mid-'60s recording of "If I Were a Carpenter" using the Four Tops' arrangement, and 1969's impeccably funky "The Book" show a master vocalist at work, and as a bonus he's backed by the legendary Meters on the deep blues of "Cheatin' Woman."

Holmes is considered by Soul Music scholars to be one of the greatest southern Soul singers to come out of New Orleans. In his heyday (1962-72), he recorded almost exclusively with producer Allen Tousaint. This is the first ever complete Eldridge Holmes release and features those famed tracks produced by Allen Tousaint including his legendary Alon, Jet Set, Desu and Sansu recordings. 19 tracks. Aim. 2006.