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Keep on Truckin: The Motown Solo Albums 1 [Original recording remastered, Limited Edition]

Eddie KendricksAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Limited Edition
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000BPGIZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

As Motown groups such as The Temptations and The Supremes moved into the Seventies, their lineups proved to be fluid, and members left to establish solo careers. Three years after David Ruffin was gone from the Temptations' lineup, co-lead singer Eddie Kendricks followed him into a solo career. His departure was certainly less acrimonious than Ruffin's had been, as evidenced by the fact that all the Tempts gave warm testimonials on the sleeve of All By Myself, his solo debut. Keep On Truckin': The Motown Solo Collection, Vol. 1 collects four of Kendricks' early albums - All By Myself, People... Hold On, Eddie Kendricks, and For You - produced by Frank Wilson. All of them feature both Eddie's classic high tenor and his natural voice in beautifully sympathetic settings. It's part of a plan to see all of Kendricks' catalogue reissued; these albums were digitally remastered in 2005 from the original master tapes to bring out every last measure of soul goodness. Incredibly, only People... Hold On was ever issued on CD - a disc that has long been out of print. This set contains not only Kendricks' pop- and R&B chart-topping "Keep On Truckin'," but also his No.1 R&B smash "Shoeshine Boy" and the influential dance cuts "Date With The Rain" and "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind." Other treats hidden in the middle grooves of these records are some unexpected surprises, such as covers of Bread's classic "If," and Jim Croce's "Time In A Bottle." Less unusual, perhaps, but beautifully rendered, is his cover of Chuck Jackson's "Any Day Now." Like his former Tempts partner David Ruffin, Kendricks exited the scene far too early, dying of cancer in October 1992 at the age of 52. Fortunately, he left behind a rich legacy of recordings. As liner note writer Brian Chin observes, "In these four albums, a great artist, surrounded by other great artists, is called again to greatness, and responds like a champion."

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word - EXCELLENT!! March 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
For years, we fans of the legendary Eddie James Kendricks (1939-1992) have prayed, written Motown endless letters and even waged an online petition to have this come to pass - to have all of Eddie's original albums reissued on CD. I've always felt that Eddie's career as a soloist was never given its proper due because in the eyes of the industry, his work with the Temptations seemed to supercede everything he did on his own, and that was truly not fair. They wanted to boil his career down to two hits - "Keep On Truckin'" and "Boogie Down" - and like nothing else he did was worthwhile. Motown continued to contribute to this mode of thinking as well. Please! That is as far from the truth as you can get!

But finally, after so very long, some of Eddie's original albums are now available on CD. In this collection, we have four remastered EJK CDs from the 1970s:

FOR YOU (1974)

These four albums are chock full of quality material by Eddie, all produced by the team of Frank Wilson and Leonard Caston (except Eddie's debut LP, which was produced by Wilson alone). Looking for early popular cuts by EJK like "Can I", "This Used To Be The Home Of Johnnie Mae", "If You Let Me", "Girl You Need A Change of Mind", "Keep On Truckin'" and "Shoeshine Boy"? Well, like the compilation of hits CDs that Motown has issued previously, those songs are all here...but these are the albums where those choice cuts came from. Chronologically, the album BOOGIE DOWN from late 1973 - early '74 was completed and issued before FOR YOU. But due to the timing of the tracks on that album, BOOGIE DOWN couldn't be included here...but it will be in the next volume of Eddie's works, which will be released later on in '06.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.I.P. Eddie...Thanks for the great memories!! August 28, 2006
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Now whoever said that Eddie was all ballads and no funk surely hasn't heard this wonderful set of 4 of his albums: ALL BY MYSELF, PEOPLE...HOLD ON, EDDIE KENDRICKS, and FOR YOU. It brings a tear to my eye just to relive the wonderful moments I remember as a child in the 70s when my mum used to play these in the house almost on a constant basis!

ALL BY MYSELF, released in April 1971 (#6 R&B, #80 Pop) was Eddie's first solo album after leaving the Temptations. LET'S GO BACK TO DAY ONE is a funky opening with Eddie's vocal multi-layered ala Marvin Gaye! THIS USED TO BE THE HOME OF JOHNNIE MAE was the B-side of IT'S SO HARD FOR ME TO SAY GOODBYE (#37 R&B, #88 Pop) and I DID IT ALL FOR YOU, a popular Quiet Storm tune, was the B-side to CAN I (#37 R&B, #101 Pop), another popular Quiet Storm staple also performed by Brenda Holloway and most recently covered by Phil Perry. SOMETHING'S BURNING starts off slow and ends with a funky ending and the Jimmy Webb composition, DIDN'T WE close this set! What's wonderful is that the Temptations' notes to Eddie originally printed on the back of the album are reprinted for this release!

PEOPLE...HOLD ON, with its eye-catching photography by Weldon A. McDougal III, was originally released in May 1972, which fared better on the charts (#13 R&B, #131 Pop). According to the liner notes, Frank Wilson said in an interview for Eddie's ULTIMATE COLLECTION (1998) that it was a concept album dedicated to black America. It opens with IF YOU LET ME (#17 R&B, #66 Pop), originally performed by Jimmy Ruffin. LET ME RUN INTO YOUR LONELY HEART is the funky B-side to EDDIE'S LOVE (#35 R&B, #77 Pop) while on DAY BY DAY, Eddie's vocals are once again multi-layered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Compilation on 2 cd's! October 18, 2005
By rollo
Format:Audio CD
Here we have another prime example of the Hip O Select Motown music. Eddie Kendricks first 4 albums. Super hit songs with fine arrangements sung by the greatest R&B falsetto that ever lived. He is accompanied by the funkiest of brothers in the band. The 24 bit stereo remastering is super solid. Only 5000 sets available. What more can I say? Some people say that they like Motown music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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For Motown fans the world over, this November 2006 American HIP-O SELECT 2CD set represents something of a long overdue treat - Eddie Kendricks forgotten and hard to find US album catalogue finally on CD - and in a top quality manner...

Here's the breakdown:

Disc 1 (72:04 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 7 are his debut US solo album, "All By Myself", issued April 1971 on Tamla TS 309
Tracks 8 to 18 are his 2nd US album, "People...Hold On", issued May 1972 on Tamla T 315L

Disc 2 (74:14 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 8 are his 3rd US album, "Eddie Kendricks", issued May 1973 on Tamla T 327L
Tracks 9 to 16 are his 4th US album, "For You", issued November 1974 on Tamla T6-33551
(There are no single versions nor any previously unreleased tracks of any kind on this set - they feature on the last disc of the companion volume - "The Thin Man" - The Motown Albums Vol.2" (reviewed separately)

Both CDs are Brown & Yellow with the Tamla World logo - aping the way the US LP labels would have looked, The 28-page booklet pictures both the LP sleeves front and rear in full colour, gives detailed notes on the song-writer and session players involved, lists US singles and their B-sides that came off each album (details from the actual Motown session logs) and there's an essay on Hendricks' career by noted Motown writer BRIAN CHIN. In between the exact reproduction of album sleeves are high-quality colour pictures of Kendricks from the early Seventies - in fact the booklet like the silver digipak that houses the whole thing - has an overall classy feel about it. But the best bit - as always with HIP-O SELECT - is the wonderful SOUND...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth collective Eddie K in one big package.
All my favorites, the chartbuster classics and the ones you may have forgotten about are in this collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by steve huston
5.0 out of 5 stars Former but First lead tenor of the Temptations.
This is one of Eddie Kendrick's only CD he did before he died I believe from cancer. Eddie Kendrick was a very shy but excellent singer and the Temptations lost a legend when they... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Storms
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish you love.
Published 7 months ago by gvpt
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Collection combining his Earliest Efforts
Eddie Kendrick(s) had the most successful solo career of all the members of The Temptations. "All By Myself", his debut may not have had a strong single to lead but Mr. Read more
Published 16 months ago by L. Boki
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Kendricks
Wowwwwwwwwwww one of the original Temptations. The best of the best. We will miss him but thank goodness we have his music.......
Published on January 18, 2011 by Julia Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars "E" IS FOR EXCELLENT
Published on April 24, 2010 by Salayo Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Kendricks Is The One
I have always been a fan of the late Eddie Kendricks and I had his albums on vinyl. It took years for me to find this set on CD and I am truly grateful. Read more
Published on May 9, 2009 by Terri M. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Some love for Eddie.
Finally, Motown has packaged and released Mr. Kendrick's albums. Mr. Kendricks sound was definitely Motown, but Frank Wilson knew how to find the right mix and arraignments to fit... Read more
Published on December 19, 2007 by OB1
5.0 out of 5 stars More More More
Please release more of Eddie Kendrics solo works. Especially Boogie Down, his best solo effort.
Published on May 10, 2006 by Jimbo G.
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