He Said Goodbye

Following the trail of the song I wrote about last post, Hypnotic’s “Are You Lonely,” I came across this compilation on Discogsentitled Blessed Blackness: The Second Coming, which contained both the Hypnotic track and another old favorite, the Lovelites’ “Love So Strong” (which I first encountered on soul-sides, back in college). So I started looking into the other artists on the compilation that I hadn’t heard of, and came across this 1975 (some places say ’74) release by Eleanore Mills, This Is Eleanore. Again, this seems to be her only album, and there’s hardly any information out there about Ms. Mills, but she put together 2/3 of a great record. The Blessed Blackness comp picked “How Can I Love You,” which is a tragic power-ballad, but I prefer “He Said Goodbye.” The hook is mournfully harmonized (the backing singers sound fantastic), the horns are on point, and somewhere there is a bass player doing crazy things. It’s the kind of song that makes you wonder, why’d the idiot say goodbye? I’m convinced the only reason this release isn’t better known is because the cover has ugly wallpaper on it.


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