Frederick Knight – ‘I’ve Been Lonely For So Long’: A Retro Review

July 24, 2011

Frederick Knight - I've Been Lonely For So LongListening to the Top 40 from 1972 on Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) Satellite Radio, I heard the song “I’ve Been Lonely For So Long” which peaked at #27 in 1972. The album release has the same title. Ranging from falsetto soul to right down the middle, this long lost gem shines all across the board.

“Pick ‘um Up Put ‘um Down” is really great old school R&B. Some other great songs here are “Take Me Home Witcha”, “Trouble” and the funky ballad “I’ll Sing My Song of Love to You”, which features a sound the single showcases so well. This song is just as good. It also has a better beat.

“Now That I Found You” is another love song on the slow side to give a whirl. “I Let My Chance Go By” is great old school soul for the retro R&B crowd. At any rate, it’s all systems go musically. “You’re Love’s All Over Me” is a classic guitar R&B song.┬áNot too shabby is the song “Someday We’ll Be Together”. “Lean on Me” is another great song and not the same as the big hit. “I Let My Chance Go By” and “This is My Song of Love to You” also shine on this obscure classic.

A long time ago, listening to the Top 40 with Casey Kasem was the only source for obscure hits. The top ten of that time was all huge songs as you can imagine. There is joy in the obscure of every era. Music services such as Rhapsody and the new kid on the block in the USA Spotify make it all come home. Right now, Spotify has less player compatibility. Rhapsody players, although not perfect, can download alot of songs in a hurry. I already have multiple Rhapsody players so Spotify is less compelling for me as a massive music consumer, but for average consumer Spotify is a great option for exploring obscure retro classics. Get your free invite at

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