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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.
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 13 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 14 months ago by flynn43
After many compilations over many years here we have the ultimate collection of this iconic group of labels. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr D