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Holland Dozier Holland – The Complete 45s Collection

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2014 marks the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of the Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant labels – the three brands that Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland launched following their unpleasant break from Berry Gordy’s Motown Kingdom. Given that the 45rpm record was the fulcrum of the new operation, Demon Music thought that this might be the perfect excuse to commemorate the 45th anniversary by pulling together each and every 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 unique recordings overall.

Together with the above they also scoured the globe for many of the mythical unreleased singles and a number of incredibly rare acetates now residing in private collections. Demon was able to unearth previously unreleased recordings by the Chairmen Of The Board, the Jones Girls, Honey Cone, the Barrino Brothers, Eloise Laws, and 100 Proof Aged In Soul, and they’ve popped these in as an added bonus. Hence another 16 tracks there. Not to mention the three unreleased Tom Moulton remixes that were found on Chairmen Of The Board’s “You’ve Got Me Dangling On A String” and “Give Me Just A Little More Time” and Freda Payne’s “Unhooked Generation” ? Or the three exclusive Tom Moulton instrumental mixes of the above only obtainable via an enclosed Download card?

Dean Rudland was enlisted to author the 60 page accompanying booklet and he scoured the planet for a number of intriguing scans and pieces of memorabilia and everything has been encased inside a deluxe user-friendly box designed for quick reference.

This really is the most extensive re-issue project ever carried out on this significant part of Soul music history. The Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant labels extended 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 enormous successes with Honey Cone and Laura Lee among many others. Now, for the first time ever, you can own the entire catalogue in one exquisite and lavish box set .

Holland Dozier Holland – The Backbone of Motown

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No matter how old you are, where you were born or what type of music you listen to, chances are you’ve bobbed your head to a Holland Dozier Holland song. Don’t know who they are? Don’t worry, your not alone. However, Holland Dozier Holland were responsible for some of the greatest hits throughout the 60’s and 70’s. Without them, we might not have The Supremes, Dianna Ross or The Temptations. In the following article, we’ll tell you a little bit more about this amazing songwriting and production team. Read on and learn.

Holland Dozier Holland was a songwriting group that consisted of brothers Brian and Eddie Holland and their good friend Lamont Dozier. They formed in 1962, at the beginning of the Motown takeover. Brian Holland and Dozier were the ones who composed and produced each song, while Eddie was the driving force behind the lyrics. While they originally formed as performing musicians themselves, they soon realized that they much preferred creating music for others and staying behind the scenes. This was particularly true for Eddie who happened to suffer terribly from stage fright.

During their tenure at Motown, the trio would create and produce 25 number 1 hits including popular songs like “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” for the Four tops and “Heat Wave,” “Baby Love,” “Stop In The Name Of Love,” and You Keep Me Hanging On” for the Supremes. It was as if practically every hit song that came from Motown Records was a Holland Dozier Holland song.

As is the case with a lot of musical acts, money became an issue between the song writing team and Motown executive Berry Gordy. In 1968, they left the label and decided to venture out on their own, creating Invictus and Hot Wax Records. However, in the legal preceding that followed their departure, the trio could not put out any more music under the name Holland Dozier Holland. For this reason, they began to use aliases until the lawsuit was finally settled in 1977.

It should be noted that even though there was a large lawsuit between the trio and Motown records, there was no love lost between the two. In fact, Dozier would often collaborate with Motown artists such as Michael Jackson and Dianna Ross. Holland Dozier Holland were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and they have won countless BMI pop awards for the masterpieces they created.

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