The southern soul gem Knock On Wood by Eddie Floyd came out in 1967 on Stax Records. Backed by the Stax House Band, Booker T. & The MGs, the album relishes the gritty sound that defined the label, from its rifle-crack snare, to its punchy rhythm section, complete with swaggering horns and chromatic guitar progressions. Here I’m featuring the opening two songs of the album, the title track and "Something You Got". The former features the same progression as Wilson Pickett’s famous “Midnight Hour” but played in reverse, talk about getting bang for your buck.
Eddie Floyd’s “Knock On Wood” is a timeless Stax classic. Don’t let the new movie Easy A tell you otherwise (its the featured number near the end of the movie) everything about “Knock On Wood” is in a groove, the rhythm guitar is warm and pounding, the vocal performance is electric and those horns are as pumping as ever. If you want to download it, stay tuned after the jump.