- Audio CD (26 May 2014)
- Number of Discs: 14
- Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
- Label: Harmless
- ASIN: B00HEXWUPO
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Holland, Dozier, Holland - The Complete 45S Collection Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
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2014 marks the 45th Anniversary of the launch of the Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant labels – the trio of labels that Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland launched following their acrimonious split from Berry Gordy’s Motown Empire. Since the 45rpm record was the fulcrum of the new operation, we thought this would be the perfect excuse to celebrate the 45th anniversary by pulling together every single 45 release from the discography of Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant - both A and B sides. That’s 96 x Invictus 45s, 44 x Hot Wax 45s and 17 x Music Merchant 45s – 157 singles and 269 original recordings total. In addition to the above we also scoured the world for many of the legendary unreleased singles and a number of extremely rare acetates now residing in private collections. We managed to unearth previously unreleased recordings and unreleased singles by the Chairmen Of The Board, Eloise Laws, Honey Cone, the Barrino Brothers, the Jones Girls, Satisfaction Unlimited and 100 Proof Aged In Soul, so we’ve popped these in as a bonus. So another 16 tracks there. Oh and did we mention the 3 unreleased Tom Moulton remixes we found on Chairmen Of The Board’s “Give Me Just A Little More Time” and “You’ve Got Me Dangling On A String” and Freda Payne’s “Unhooked Generation” plus the 3 instrumental versions which we’ve supplied on an exclusive download card? We recruited Dean Rudland to write the 80 page accompanying booklet and scoured the world for some interesting scans and pieces of memorabilia and we’ve housed everything inside a deluxe user-friendly box designed for quick reference. This is the most comprehensive re-issue project ever undertaken on this important part of Soul music history. The Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant labels continued Holland-Dozier-Holland’s golden touch with back to back international hits like Freda Payne’s iconic “Band Of Gold” and Chairmen Of The Board’s “Give Me Just A Little More Time” and then went to further huge successes with Honey Cone and Laura Lee among many others. Now, for the first time ever, you can own the whole catalogue in one superb and lavish box set.
Top Customer Reviews
The package is nicely presented although the sleeve notes by Dean Rudland are poor. He misses out some artist's information(completely in some instances) and as for mention of the musicians who contributed to these fine tracks, almost unbelievably you won't find anything. There is no new research based on contemporary interviews that could have added so much to the presentation and I found the notes he produces boring. A real shame and avoidable.
On a positive note, much of the music stands up well in the forty years since the labels of Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant were running and the main reason for that is the trio of Eddie and Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier,were still hitting with iconic songs that included Chairmen of the Board's "Give Me Just a Little More Time" and Freda Payne's "Band of Gold".They couldn't immediately claim all the credit as contractual wrangles with Motown meant they had to write under the assumed name Edythe Wayne (or sometimes Edith).Read more ›
The set was on pre-order for a time, (if I remember correctly), but I waited until it was properly available.
I get the feeling that if there are any of you who are still making up your minds over this lot, I wouldn't wait too long. I don't know how many of this set are kept at a time, but get your mitts on it now, if I were you. It's a huge thing for music lovers to be able to grab stuff from a label we all adore.
I don't quite know how you can get everything from these labels on only 14 discs, especially as all A- and B-sides are quoted as being there. I'll have to do a more thorough check later. But this package looks awesome when you first break into it. Discs are mounted in 'book-form', and there's a big book inside the front cover of the hard disc case.
So, what have we got? 8 CD's covering Invictus; 2 covering the Buddah label (which Gladys Knight featured on, I seem to remember); Two Hot Wax discs and two Music Merchant discs.
I've already got the Chairmen Of The Board disc set, so I know this HDH set will be a huge thrill to listen to. Years covered: from 1969-1977. Music: delicious.
Need any more prompting?
handled both of them. In 1972 HDH introduced a third label Music Merchant which ran for little over a year and never appeared in the UK. Now down to the music. Being in my sixties I must admit to preferring the earlier material on the sets, and I think the best output from the labels was released from 1969 to 1972 after that I feel a lot of the songs were not to such a high standard. There was some fantastic writing and producing talent from the start with General Johnson, Greg Perry, Ronald Dunbar, William Weatherspoon, Angelo Bond, etc and of course HDH themselves who for the first year or so used the pseudonym Edith Wayne because of some legal dispute with Motown. The great songs from the first three years of the label are too numerous to mention and have stood the test of time wonderfully. Now for the set itself. Wonderful to have every single included as well as all the flip sides. This set also includes a couple of singles licensed from independent labels by Billie Sans and Johnn Billy West, so this really is as complete collection, in like the Complete Motown Singles box sets which do have a few omissions. Also included is fair sized booklet which is very informative.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I must have bought at least half of these tracks when they were released in the UK - although I hear a few from time to time, there are alot on these CD's I hadn't heard for ages... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ms. Mary Onoufriou
Waited a long time for this, and in the main it was well worth it. The scope of the completed project is excellent and if you want post Motown HDH this really is it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by flynn43
After many compilations over many years here we have the ultimate collection of this iconic group of labels. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mr D