Eddie KendricksThe Thin Man (The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 2)

Label:Hip-O Select – B0007397-02, Motown – B0007397-02, Tamla – B0007397-02
3 x CD, Compilation, Remastered, Limited Edition
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk, Disco


Boogie Down!
1-1The Thin Man3:37
1-2Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need4:29
1-3Son Of Sagittarius3:39
1-4Boogie Down7:02
1-5Hooked On Your Love3:19
1-6Honey Brown
Saxophone [Solo]Wilton Felder
1-7You Are The Melody Of My Life
Written-ByDon Daniels, Terri McFaddin
1-8Trust Your Heart4:14
1-9Girl Of My Dreams3:28
1-10Loving You The Second Time Around3:11
The Hit Man
1-11If Anyone Can3:27
1-13Get The Cream Off The Top
Arranged ByJames Carmichael*
ProducerBrian Holland
1-14Body Talk
Arranged BySanford Shire, Wade Marcus
1-15Fortune Teller
Written-ByBarrett Strong
1-16Skippin' Work Today
Arranged BySanford Shire, Wade Marcus
Written-ByJ. Christopher Fox
1-17You Loved Me Then2:35
1-18I've Got To Be7:55
He's A Friend
2-1He's A Friend
Arranged ByNorman Harris
2-2A Part Of Me
Arranged ByVince Montana*
2-3I Won't Take No
Arranged ByNorman Harris
2-4Never Gonna Leave You
Arranged ByNorman Harris
2-5Get It While It's Hot
Arranged ByT.G. Conway
Written-ByMichael Holden*, Theodore Life
2-7The Sweeter You Treat Her4:58
2-8It's Not What You Got
Arranged ByT.G. Conway
Written-ByAllan Felder, T.G. Conway
2-9On My Way Home2:53
2-10All Of My Love
Arranged ByRon "Have Mercy" Kersey*
Written-ByAllan Felder, Bruce Gray
Goin' Up In Smoke
2-11Goin' Up In Smoke
Arranged ByNorman Harris
2-12The Newness Is Gone
Arranged ByNorman Harris
2-13Sweet Tenderoni
Arranged ByNorman Harris
Written-ByAllan Felder, Norman Harris
2-14Born Again
Arranged ByNorman Harris
2-15Don't You Want Light
Arranged ByT.G. Conway
2-16Music Man5:36
2-17Thanks For The Memories
Arranged ByT.G. Conway
Written-ByBruce Gray, Philip Hurtt*
2-18To You From Me3:06
2-19Don't Put Off Till Tomorrow3:58
2-20Skeleton In Your Closet2:34
3-1Something Shady (Is Going On)6:17
3-3I Want To Live (My Life With You)4:46
3-4You Got It3:33
3-5Intimate Friends
Written-ByGary Glenn*
3-6Diamond Girl
Written-ByJim Seals-Dash Crofts*
3-7Then Came You7:45
3.8I'll Have To Let You Go
Alto Saxophone [Solo]Larry Nozero
3-9California Woman3:35
Bonus Tracks: Motown Lost & Found
3-10Let Now Be Now, Let Love Be Love3:52
3-11I Need You More Now Than Ever3:50
3-12That's All Behind You3:53
3-13Go On With Your Bad Self
Written-By, ProducerBobby Miller
3-14Johnny Faraway
Written-By, ProducerBobby Miller
3-15If I Can't Love You Then I Can't Love Me
Written-By, ProducerGloria Jones, Pamela Sawyer*
3-16Nothing Is Real2:39
3-17I'll Be Your Servant
BassHenry Davis
DrumsJames Gadson
Engineer [Recording Engineers]Brian Holland, Lawrence T. Horn*
PianoJoe Sample
Piano [Fender Rhodes]Clarence McDonald
ProducerBrian Holland
Vibraphone [Vibes]Jack Arnold

Companies, etc.



(Wilton Felder appears courtesy of The Crusaders and Chisa Records, Inc.)

Boogie Down Originally released as Tamla T-330V1, February 1974; #1 R&B, #30 Pop

Singles from the album

Boogie Down / Can't Help What I Am [from "Eddie Kendricks"], Tamla 54243, December 1973; #1 R&B (3 weeks), #2 Pop (2 weeks)

Son Of Sagittarius b/w Trust Your Heart, Tamla 54247, April 1974; #5 R&B, #28 Pop

Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need b/w Loving You The Second Time Around, Tamla 54249, July 1974; #8 R&B, #50 Pop

The Thin Man was later issued as the B-side of One Tear, Tamla 54255, November 1974

Hooked On Your Love was later issued as the B-side of Shoeshine Boy, Tamla 54257, January 1975

Honey Brown was later issued as the B-side of Get The Cream Off The Top, Tamla 54260, June 1975


The Hit Man album information page (pg. 15).
Originally released as Tamla T6-338S1, June 1975; #9 R&B, #63 Pop

Singles from the album

Get The Cream Off The Top b/w Honey Brown [from "Boogie Down!"], Tamla 54260, June 1975; #7 R&B, #50 Pop

Happy b/w Deep And Quiet Love [from "For You"], Tamla 54263, September 1975; #8 R&B, #66 Pop


He's A Friend album information page (pg. 19).
Recorded at Stigma Sounds Studios, Philadelphia, PA. Original vinyl LP Mastered at Frankford/Wayne Studios, Philadelphia, PA. "A Very Special Thanks to "Papa" Fill and Dave Harris." Originally released as Tamla T6-343S1, January 1976; #3 R&B, #38 Pop

Singles from the album

He's A Friend b/w All Of My Love, Tamla 54266, January 1976; #2 R&B (3 weeks), #36 Pop

Get It While It's Hot b/w Never Gonna Leave You, Tamla 54270, June 1976; #24 R&B

He's A Friend / It's Not What You Got / Chains charted as LP cuts at #7 Dance/Disco


Goin' Up In Smoke album information page (pg. 23)
Recorded and Mixed at Stigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA. Original vinyl LP mastered at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, Philadelphia, PA.
Originally released as Tamla T6-346S1, September 1976; #22 R&B, #144 Pop

Singles from the album

Goin' Up In Smoke b/w Thanks For The Memories, Tamla 54277, October 1976; #30 R&B

Born Again b/w Date With The Rain [from "People...Hold On"], Tamla 54285, April 1977; did not chart

Goin' Up In Smoke / Music Man / Born Again / Thanks For The Memories charted as LP cuts at #11 Dance/Disco


Slick album information page (pg. 27). "It all began to happen in a certain place for both Eddie and me, so it seemed fitting that on our joint effort that it be done in that place... Detroit. Thanks to all for making it a pleasant and fruitful decision... especially the wonderful and talented musicians of Detroit. To the engineers, Steve Osterlund, Michael Grace and Peter Granet - you're terrific! A special thanks to my companion, the one who sees me as I am and accepts me for what I want to be, P.T.L."

"Many thanks to the Kendricks' family, KNMH, INc., Zach Garrett, Ron Sobel, Mark Anthony Christini, Rick Unger, Allan H. Siegel, Joe Lodatto, Tom Chavey, Herman Fink, my son, Paris, daughters Aika and Ten-E" -Eddie

Recorded at United Sound and Sound Suite, Detroit, Michigan. Mixed at Wally Heider Recording, Hollywood, California. Mastered at Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, California.
Originally released as Tamla T6-356S1, August 1977; #47 R&B

Singles from the album

Baby b/w I Want To Live (My Life With You), scheduled as Tamla 54289, August/September 1977; release cancelled

Intimate Friends b/w Baby, Tamla 54290, December 1977; #24 R&B


Bonus Tracks: "Motown Lost & Found" information page (pgs. 28 & 29)

#10-17 previously unreleased
#10, 12, 14-16 previously unknown compositions


Release credits page (pg. 30)

Digitally remastered by SUHA GUR at Universal Mastering Studios-East

Photographs courtesy of Motown Records Archives

"Bilboard" chart information courtesy BPI Communications Inc. and Joel Whitburn's Record Research Inc.

Thanks to Jimi Dougans

(C) 2006 Motown Records, a Divison of UMG Recordings, Inc.


"Non-release notes"

From Hip-O Select: CD Edition limited to 5000 non-numbered limited edition copies.

UK release date: June 4, 2007

Exact US and UK release dates taken from external sources.

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  • Barcode: 602517048348
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  • isaacmusicman's avatar
    This is the second half of Eddie Kendricks career as a solo man at Motown. It has nothing on Vol. 1, but that's only because his better albums came early. Besides "Boogie Down", there are songs like, "Goin' Up In Smoke", "Skippin' Work Today", and my favorite on this volume, "Intimate Friends". I have to admit that most of these songs at times can go stale, by I still can overlook a lot of them. Besides Eddie's creative juices were slowing down. Hey, you give half of your life to the Tempataions and see how you would fair. I think he did great, much better than David Ruffin.


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