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    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

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    (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.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 602517048348
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 1): EDC B00 073 9702CD01 01% A
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 2): EDC B00 073 9702CD02 01% B
    • Matrix / Runout (CD 3): EDC B00 073 9702CD03 01% A
    • Mastering SID Code (CD1, 2, 3): IFPI L007
    • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 0332
    • Mould SID Code (CD2): IFPI 0340
    • Mould SID Code (CD3): IFPI 0321
    • Other (Inner ring): MADE IN USA


    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.