‘When Love Calls,’ Eric Roberson Answers


I have been dying to feature this song in a Diggin' in the Crates, and the time has finally come. On the heels of getting Behind the Groove with Eric Roberson, I went into his archives and plucked this gem out of his collection of aural goodies.

"When Love Calls" is a song that can be found on Erro's rare, out-of-print release, The Vault 1.0. The song was pulled from the subsequent release of The Vault 1.5 because the track ended up being used on a Norman Brown album with another song written to it. Produced by James Poyser and the late J Dilla, fans of Left already know that this is the same production team who blessed "Pretty Girl." On both songs, Poyser killed the keys, Dilla did the damn thing on drums and Erro handled his business on vocals.  

According to Eric, "When Love Calls" was the very first song that he wrote about his fiancee, Shawn. Altogether now: Awwwwwwww. And I'm gonna let y'all in on a little secret. The first time I saw Erro in concert in October 2006 at The Black Cat in Washington, DC, he sang this song with Sol Edler on backup vocals, and it was officially a wrap. That precise moment was when I fell in love with this man's live performance, and I've been caught up in the rapture ever since.

Eric Roberson: "When Love Calls"

[Photo: Butta]

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5 Responses

  1. This is quite possibly my most favorite song of his for two reasons: the songwriting is amazing and the Poyser/Dilla production.

  2. erro can do no wrong. the production team was great also. any idea where i can find this song

  3. @Onesoulsista - That Erro joint is on his "The Vault Vol. 1.0" album. It's hard to find these days, but definitely worth the search.

  4. You can find this song on the re-release of Esoric (misspelled) and his greatest his cd that is a import.

  5. Yes, I LOVE this song! Took me forever to find it... He performs it on his live DVD as well.. with a twist