Love Keys

Love Keys

by Eddie Kendricks


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Love Keys

After leaving the Temptations in 1971, Kendricks had nearly a decade of success as a solo act. But by the late '70s he began to experience a commercial decline. A promising stint with Arista resulted in two fair albums, although "I Never Used to Dance" from Something More surely had hit potential. He signed to Atlantic for this effort and the label didn't exactly roll out the red carpet for him. Unfortunately by the time this was recorded, Kendricks was well on the way to losing his voice. Although he still had his warm phrasing and tone, the vocals often became shaky -- a fact made even more clear on his less than stellar efforts. "(Oh I) Need Your Loving," written by Eddie and Brian Holland has a percolating groove but threadbare lyrics. "Old Home Town" is an unassuming country styled ballad where Kendricks sings, "I'm a child again in a pile of leaves
unning through the snow on Christmas Eve." That will put a smile on anyone's face, but despite some nice melodic changes, the track eventually bogs down as well. Love Keys is like the rest of his later solo albums: Kendricks' voice seems to be out of sync with the backing track, either mixed down or way too high. "Never Alone," in contrast, is disconcerting because his voice sounds so good, most of the pieces are in place, except for the lyrics, which eventually doom the song. Kendricks closes the effort out with the best song; the ballad "In Love We're One" has melody that seemed to be custom made for his voice -- he seems animated, offers unbelievable melisma, and doesn't hit one false note. The album was recorded in his hometown, Birmingham, Alabama, and some key members from the Muscle Shoals sound are in the backing band. Even for a Kendricks fan, there is little here to recommend here.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002468
catalogNumber: 400246

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Kendricks   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Controllers   Background Vocals
Muscle Shoals Horns   Horn
Ken Bell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kathy Burdick   Background Vocals
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Davis Causey   Electric Guitar
Ronnie Eades   Baritone Saxophone
Owen Hale   Drums
John Jarvis   Piano
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano
Randy Richards   Background Vocals
Charles Rose   Trombone
Harvey Thompson   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Walk   Organ
Bob Wray   Bass
Veronica Williams   Background Vocals
Lady Love   Background Vocals
Rick Kurtz   Electric Guitar
Michael Panepento   Percussion
John Hug   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Matos   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Lou Courtney   Composer
Harrison Calloway   Horn Arrangements
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
David Pomeranz   Composer
Randy Richards   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements
Johnny Sandlin   Producer,Engineer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
David Pinkston   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Ronn Matlock   Composer
Roger Williams   Artwork
Stuart Mitchell   Composer
Victor Orsborn   Composer
David Kennedy   Cover Photo
Eric Robinson   Composer
Susan Joseph   Management
Rod Harrison   Composer
Robert Kendrick   Management
Billy Bannister   Management

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