With Eddie Kendricks second album, People...Hold On, he stepped it up even further. There's a little more of an edge to it, politically ("My People...Hold On", which is a plea for African-Americans to keep their sanity during those troubled times in the community), musicially (definitely funkier on some tracks than the previous album, and with "My People...Hold On" heavier percussion, chanting vocals). Overall, a more experimental album but also with some great straight-ahead soul songs, including "Date With The Rain", which is a soulful number but is almost a precursor to disco as well. This is one of the greatest soul albums of all-time!These two albums are almost impossible to find, as they are out-of-print, which is truly unfortunate. The best way to get ahold of these is the compilation Eddie Kendricks Keep on Truckin': The Motown Solo Albums, Vol. 1, which contains his first four solo albums on two discs (his third and fourth albums, Eddie Kendricks and For You are not as good but contain a few songs well-worth checking out). I own this, but had to pay $$$ on ebay to buy this, as it's not too easy to find. However, it's well-worth the purchase. Regarding the Eddie Kendricks album People...Hold On, if I had to make a top 10 list of all-time favorite soul albums, this album would definitely be up there.
Eddie Kendricks--criminally underrated soul singer and the creator of some of the greatest soul music, from his career with The Temptations onto his solo career in the 70's.