For You ... LP Motown, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Solid 70s work from EddieKendricks – still super-strong in the vocal department, but perhaps a bit less spectacular on the arrangements, at least in comparison to some of his other work at the time. The cuts are less in the boogie mode than in a complicated lush soul style – and although the record's got plenty of work by dancefloor arrangers like Leonard Caston or Frank Wilson, many of the tracks are in a mellow intimate mode. The biggest exception to this might be the groover "Let Yourself Go" – but the easy side comes through more than enough on tracks like "If", "If You Think", and "Time In A Bottle". Other tracks include "Shoeshine Boy" and "Please Don't Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining and waviness from moisture along the opening and a bit of pen on the front, back and labels.)
Slick ... LP Tamla/Motown, 1977. Very Good ...
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Smooth mellow grooves, in the style that Eddie pioneered, and which he still did better than most. The album's a great batch of tracks with production by Leonard Caston, who also produced some of Eddie's earlier works, and the set's pretty darn great all the way through. With the cuts "Something Shady", "You Got It", "Intimate Friends", "Diamond Girl", and "California Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
EddieKendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it can on a ballad – and which has a way of linking an earlier generation of fragile male soul vocals with a new sense of 70s masculinity – of which Kendricks was one of the leading lights in soul! There's moments here that might well match some of the best late 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson – and the strong arrangements are by Andrew Louis Smith – a name we don't really know at all, but who should be thanked for helping the record avoid any disco cliches. Titles include "How's Your Love Life Baby", "One Of The Poorest People", "Love Love Love", "The Best Of Strangers Now", "Don't Underestimate The Power Of Love", "Ain't No Smoke Without A Fire" and "Maybe I'm A Fool To Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Strong work from GC Cameron – really making a bold mark here on his own – working in a smooth, rich, masculine style that's a bit like some of the best early 70s material from EddieKendricks! Arrangements are by James Carmichael, Paul Riser, Wade Marcus, Gene Page, and other smooth soul talents – and GC's got this edgey vocal approach that strikes out from the backings very strongly, with a hip dope sound on the best cuts, almost in a blacksploitation soundtrack mode – with a sharper edge than on his previous group recordings. Titles include a great version of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", plus the cuts "Me & My Life", "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday", "Strong Love", "Share Your Life", "Truly Blue", and "Don't Want To Give It Up". LP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a gimmick – but a good one! The title track to the album is a famous 6 minute version of "Stand By Me" – one that has Spyder singing the track in styles that imitate EddieKendricks, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Billy Stewart, and others. The rest of the album continues in a similar mode – as Spyder does a fantastic job with famous soul tunes, and a few obscure ones, not always singing in an imitative style, but always doing a great job, in a mode that's sure to please anyone that's a fan of Detroit 60s Northern soul. Titles include "I Can't Make It Anymore", "I'm Alive With A Lovin Feeling", "I Don't Want To Cry", "I Can't Wait To See My Baby's Face", "Morning Morning", and "Don't Hold Back". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Vinyl plays with a faint click through Side 1. Cover has wear and aging.)