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 .

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