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In the past few years the folks over at Universal's specialty imprint Hip-O-Select have been doing stunning work bringing forgotten corners of the Motown catalogue back into print, and they've now taken it upon themselves to reissue the long neglected solo work of former Temptation Eddie Kendricks in this excellent two album package. Kendricks left the Temptations in 1971 following the success of his heart-stopping showcase “Just My Imagination.” That song, with its gentle loping funk and wistful harmonies provided something of a blueprint for his subsequent career and Kendricks’ debut solo album, All By Myself, which makes up the first seven tracks of this compilation, was an exercise in silky lover man balladry. But if All By Myself was somewhat predictable, Kendricks’ sophomore LP, the storming People Hold On, was a singular masterpiece that sounds like nothing else in Motown’s catalogue. It found Kendricks delivering fiery sermons, delirious ballads and indignant protest songs over breakbeat heavy backing from the Senators, an ambitious young funk combo from Washington DC. Tracks from his follow up records, Eddie Kendricks and Boogie Down are also included here, and though they rarely reach the heights of People Hold On, standout numbers like “Each Day I Cry A Little” are indispensable for Kendricks fans.

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depth of a man

so glad to see most of his People Hold On album, it's a real gem, through looking at his catalogue you can see the depth of this man.

Simply Beautiful

In constructing the soundtrack of my life, I could not leave out the mellow sound of "Can I?" by Eddie Kendricks. It's soft, pleading intro pulls you in to the jazzy bridge, which then fades back to the music that initially asked the question, "Can I?" The answer? "Yes, yes, yes!"


I'm listening to People Hold On as I write this...and it's not the air conditioner that's giving me chills. Very powerful music, for any genre, any time, anywhere.


Born: December 17, 1939 in Union Springs, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Known for both his years with the Temptations and his major solo hits of the 1970s, Eddie Kendricks was among the many soul legends who did his part to put Motown on the map. The expressive vocalist (who often sang in a falsetto), born Edward James Kendrick, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, but it was Detroit's Motown label that made him a star. Kendricks was still living in Alabama in the late '50s when he formed the Primes with Kell Osborne and Temptation-to-be Paul Williams. After moving from Alabama...
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