Invictus' Greatest Hits & Hot Wax' Greatest Hits CD
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* Edsel presents the fourth set of re-releases from the Holland-Dozier-Holland catalogue of recordings, originally issued on the Invictus and Hot Wax labels. Set up by the famed songwriting team after they left Motown, this important catalogue features albums by Chairmen Of The Board, Freda Payne, Parliament, Lamont Dozier, Laura Lee, the Honey Cone, Ruth Copeland and many more.
* Although the individual contents of these two Greatest Hits albums have been reissued many times in the ensuing years, they have never been reissued as albums until now. Edsel is delighted to augment the two original track listings with a selection of sides that represent the whole history of the two labels - some of which were actually as big as the hits that featured on the original long playing vinyl albums.
*Stand-out songs amongst the 48 tracks include the # 1 worldwide hit, Freda Payne's "Band Of Gold", Chairmen Of The Board's "Give Me Just A Little More Time" and "Everything's Tuesday", The Honey Cone's US # 1 "Want Ads".
* The booklet is fully annotated by HDH authority Tony Rounce, and features many rare singles labels.
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However, the Hot Wax portion was deeply disappointing. The original LP was entirely in stereo and the cd version is not. While the Honeycone tracks were intact and in stereo they used the mono single edit of 100 Proof Aged In Soul's 'Somebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed' which cuts it a couple of minutes short. The original Hot Wax album used the expanded stereo version. They also used the mono version of Silent Majority's 'Frightened Girl' (which was a pleasant obscurity I came to love on the original LP).
The bonus tracks are moderate to good but do not make up for the previous transgressions. I was ready to shell out money for more of the Invictus and Hot wax reissues, but since Edsel did the shoddy work herein I'm not so sure. They may have used the single versions even on the "complete" albums.
RATING: FOUR DRIPS