Complete 45s Collection: Invictus, Hot Wax, Music Merchant 1969-1977

The Complete 45s Collection: Invictus, Hot Wax, Music Merchant 1969-1977

by Holland-Dozier-Holland
     
 

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As their contracts with Motown came to a close in 1967 and 1968, the songwriting and production trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, Jr. decided to set up shop on their own. This didn't please Berry Gordy, Jr. He sued

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As their contracts with Motown came to a close in 1967 and 1968, the songwriting and production trio of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, Jr. decided to set up shop on their own. This didn't please Berry Gordy, Jr. He sued the trio for breach of contract and they, in turn, countersued, sparking a legal struggle that lasted well into the '70s, by which time Invictus, Hot Wax, and Music Merchant -- the three labels HDH started after leaving Motown -- were all beginning to wind down. It's difficult to separate the lawsuit from the histories of Invictus, Hot Wax, and Music Merchant because throughout this legal fight HDH were prevented from either writing or producing for another label -- a considerable roadblock considering the very reason the trio broke from Motown was to get greater creative control in hopes of it leading to large financial rewards. During the lawsuit, no songs or productions were billed to HDH; instead, "The Corporation" were the producers and a variety of staffers were credited with the songwriting, including one Edith Wayne, who was ubiquitous until the lawsuit was settled and then disappeared into the ether. All this subterfuge suggests how wild and loose things were behind the scenes of Invictus and Hot Wax (these were the two major imprints; only a handful of singles showed up on Music Merchant). Holland-Dozier-Holland designed these labels to tackle contemporary sounds such as funk, psychedelia, bubblegum, deep soul, and rock in a fast fashion Motown generally avoided. Invictus and Hot Wax lacked major stars -- of their initial roster, Chairmen of the Board and its lead singer General Johnson and Freda Payne would become soul stars, while Parliament would later find solid footing once they left the label -- which meant that The Corporation, aka Holland-Dozier-Holland, wound up being the auteurs of their indie imprints. That's why Demon's mammoth 14-disc 2014 box of all the A- and B-sides released by Invictus, Hot Wax, and Music Merchant is called Holland Dozier Holland -- The Complete 45s Collection: a handful of other writers and producers may be responsible for individual tracks here and there but HDH were the ones with vision. They're the ones who wanted to drape the joyous, passionate melodies of their Motown hits with fuzz guitars and candied strings; they wanted to vary the rhythms beyond the bounce of the Funk Brothers so the singles sometimes felt seductive, sometimes grimy and funky; they're the ones who wanted to write riskier lyrics, evidenced by Freda Payne's pair of hits, "Bring the Boys Home" and "Band of Gold"; they're the ones who wanted to embrace everything the dawn of the '70s had to offer. This 14-disc box -- which is dotted with rarities but whose main attraction is simply serving up all the singles the three imprints released -- shows the trio did fully embody their time, creating some of the best, most imaginative music of their era. Like any label designed to serve a certain time, Invictus and Hot Wax had a finite life: once smooth and psychedelic soul turned into disco, HDH stopped having hits or even trying, for that matter. Some of that decline can be heard here but this wonderful box celebrates that wild, weird, glorious time when perhaps the greatest soul songwriting team that ever lived decided to stretch themselves to the limit. Their time has passed but this music will never be anything less than thrilling.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5014797890367
catalogNumber:
1008448
Rank:
15098

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Crumbs Off The Table
  2. The Music Box
  3. The Unhooked Generation
  4. Give Me Just A Little More Time
  5. Band Of Gold
  6. I Can't Be You (You Can't Be Me)
  7. Little Ole Country Boy
  8. (You've Got Me) Dangling On A String
  9. Everything's Tuesday
  10. Deeper And Deeper
  11. Pay To The Piper
  12. If It Ain't Love (It Don't Matter)
  13. Trapped In A Love
  14. I Shall Not Be Moved
  15. Cherish What Is Dear To You (Whilst It's Near To You)
  16. Chairmen Of The Board
  17. She's Not Just Another Woman
  18. Haré Krishna
  19. Hanging On To A Memory
  20. Touch Me Jesus
  21. Red Hot Mama
  22. Bring The Boys Home
  23. I'm In Love Darling
  24. Old Mother Nature

Disc 2

  1. Bad Bill Of Goods
  2. A Gift Of Me
  3. The Easiest Way To Fall
  4. Since The Days Of Pigtails (And Fairy Tales)
  5. He's In My Life
  6. I Call My Baby Pussycat
  7. I'll Come Crawling
  8. Patches
  9. Bless You
  10. Stealing Moments (From Another Woman's Life)
  11. When Love Was A Child
  12. The World Doesn't Owe You A Thing
  13. When Will She Tell Me She Needs Me
  14. I Can't Fool Myself
  15. No Commitment
  16. Tricked & Trapped (By A Tricky Trapper)
  17. I Shall Not Be Moved
  18. Savannah Lady
  19. What I Am

Disc 3

  1. Breakdown
  2. Gimme Shelter
  3. Look What We've Done To Love
  4. You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk)
  5. Try On My Love For Size
  6. You Brought The Joy
  7. Nothing But A Devil
  8. Solo
  9. Men Are Getting Scarce
  10. I Had It All
  11. Bittersweet
  12. All We Need Is Understanding
  13. If I Could See The Light In The Window
  14. We Gotta Go
  15. I'm Not Getting Any Better
  16. Don't Leave Me
  17. Playing Games
  18. Sunday Morning People
  19. V.I.P
  20. I'm Worried
  21. Let Me Ride
  22. Rocks In My Head

Disc 4

  1. Heaven Is There To Guide Us
  2. It's Instrumental To Be Free
  3. Working On A Building Of Love
  4. Suddenly It's Yesterday
  5. Yeah, I'm A Devil
  6. I Don't Want To Lose A Good Thing
  7. Bravo Hooray
  8. Elmo James
  9. If I Could See The Light
  10. Don't You (Think The Times A-Comin')
  11. The Road We Didn't Take
  12. Don't Leave Me
  13. Let It Flow
  14. Up-The Organization
  15. Bloodshot Eyes
  16. It Ain't The World (It's The People In It)
  17. Just As Long
  18. It Didn't Take Long
  19. Eeny-Meeny-Miny-Mo (Three's A Crowd)

Disc 5

  1. Giving Up The Ring
  2. Come Together
  3. Hey There Lonely Girl
  4. Try It, You'll Like It
  5. Come In Out Of The Rain
  6. I Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely)
  7. Why Can't We Be Lovers
  8. Let Me Down Easy
  9. He's In My Life
  10. Thanks I Needed That
  11. Livin' High Off the Goodness of Your Love
  12. Everybody's Tippin'
  13. Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love, Pt. 1
  14. Finder's Keepers
  15. Only Time Will Tell
  16. Slipping Away
  17. New Breed Kinda Woman
  18. Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right
  19. Born On The Wild
  20. Mother Miser's Favorite Child
  21. I'm Gonna Hijack Ya, Kidnap Ya, Take What I Want

Disc 6

  1. I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore
  2. Everybody's Got A Song To Sing
  3. Good Book
  4. I Can't Find Myself
  5. Through The Memory Of My Mind
  6. I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore
  7. Livin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love
  8. Roller Coaster
  9. Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love, Pt. 2
  10. Finder's Keepers
  11. Only Time Will Tell
  12. Can't Get Enough
  13. If You Don't Want To Be In My Life
  14. We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love
  15. Born On The Wild
  16. For No Reason
  17. You Took Me From A World Outside

Disc 7

  1. You Made Me Over
  2. Sittin' On A Time Bomb (Waitin' For The Hurt To Come)
  3. Life & Death, Pt. 2
  4. I Need It Just As Bad As You
  5. I'm So Glad, Pt. 1
  6. Bump Your Lady, Pt 1
  7. Everybody Party All Night
  8. Can't Get Enough Of You
  9. Let's Have Some Fun
  10. Let's Get Together
  11. Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love
  12. That's Love
  13. Wanting You
  14. Skin I'm In
  15. Touch Me
  16. You've Got Extra Added Power In Your Love
  17. I Got It, Pt. 1
  18. Love Goes Deeper Than That
  19. I Don't Want To Work Today

Disc 8

  1. Get Your House In Order
  2. Live With Me, Love With Me
  3. I'm So Glad, Pt. 2
  4. Bump Your Lady, Pt. 2
  5. Morning Glory
  6. You Took Me From A World Outside
  7. Love At First Sight
  8. Superwoman (You Ain't No Ordinary Woman)
  9. (If You Want To Try Love Again) Remember Me
  10. That's Love
  11. Wanting You
  12. Stay With Me
  13. Someone Just Like You
  14. I Got It, Pt. 2
  15. Put A Little Love Into It (When You Do It)
  16. Camoflage
  17. Guess I'm Gonna Cry

Disc 9

  1. While You're Out Looking For Sugar
  2. Mind, Body And Soul
  3. Girls It Ain't Easy
  4. Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)
  5. Shades Of Green
  6. Take My Love
  7. Westbound #9
  8. Somebody's Been Sleeping
  9. When Will It End
  10. I'm Not My Brothers Keeper
  11. Wedlock Is A Padlock
  12. Frightened Girl
  13. One Man's Leftovers (Is Another Man's Feast)
  14. Stop The World And Let Me Off
  15. Want Ads
  16. Love Machine, Pt. 1
  17. Sunshine
  18. Driveway
  19. Women's Love Rights
  20. Stick Up
  21. 90 Day Freeze (On Her Love)
  22. If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)

Disc 10

  1. The Feeling's Gone
  2. Filet De Soul
  3. Not Enough Love To Satisfy
  4. Don't You Wanna Wanna
  5. Take Me With You
  6. Why Don't You Stay
  7. I've Come To Save You
  8. Deserted Village
  9. Her Picture Matches Mine
  10. Colors Of My Love
  11. If I Could See The Light In The Window
  12. Robot In A Robot's World
  13. We Belong Together
  14. Love Machine, Pt. 2
  15. 1200 Miles
  16. Love is Sweeter (The Second Time Around)
  17. V.I.P.
  18. If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)

Disc 11

  1. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
  2. Love And Liberty
  3. Something New About You
  4. The Day I Found Myself
  5. Free Your Mind
  6. I Don't Want Nothing Old
  7. Everything Good Is Bad
  8. Rip Off
  9. Sittin' On A Time Bomb (Waitin' For The Hurt To Come)
  10. Don't Scratch Where It Don't Itch
  11. If You Can Beat Me Rockin' (You Can Have My Chair)
  12. Innocent 'til Proven Guilty
  13. Crumbs Off The Table
  14. Since You Been Gone
  15. Ace In The Hole
  16. If I Can't Fly
  17. Somebody's Gonna Hurt You, Like You Hurt Me
  18. I'll Catch You When You Fall
  19. My Piece Of The Rock
  20. Somebody Is Always Messing Up A Good Thing
  21. I'm Mad As Hell (Ain't Gonna Take No More), Pt. 1

Disc 12

  1. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show, Pt. 2
  2. Since I Fell For You
  3. I'd Rather Fight Than Switch
  4. Two Lovely Pillows
  5. It's Better To Have Loved And Lost
  6. If I Could See The Light In The Window
  7. If I'm Good Enough To Love (I'm Good Enough To Marry)
  8. Don't Send Me An Invitation
  9. You've Got To Save Me
  10. Nothing Sweeter Than Love
  11. O-O-O Baby, Baby
  12. Woman Can't Live By Bread Alone
  13. I Just Want To Be Loved
  14. I Can't Hold On Much Longer
  15. My Piece Of The Rock
  16. The Truth Will Come Out
  17. I'm Mad As Hell (Ain't Gonna Take No More)

Disc 13

  1. Let Love Grow
  2. Tears Ago
  3. Come Back
  4. Mama's Little Baby (Loves Lovin')
  5. You've Been My Rock
  6. Big Train
  7. Growing Pains
  8. Things Will Be Better Tomorrow
  9. Your Love Controls Me
  10. Tighten Him Up
  11. I Can't Hold On Much Longer
  12. Love Factory
  13. I've Come To Stay
  14. I'm Bugging Your Phone, Pt. 1
  15. Bar B Q Ribs
  16. Taster Of The Honey (Not Keeper Of The Bee)
  17. What's The Use
  18. Trapped In A Love
  19. (You're Mine) Baby Doll
  20. Something About You
  21. Don't Burn The Bridge
  22. Bright City Lights
  23. Since You've Been Gone
  24. Unhooked Generation

Disc 14

  1. Some Quiet Place (To Rest My Mind)
  2. Sliced Tomatoes
  3. You're The Only Bargain I've Got
  4. Bingo
  5. The Judgement Day
  6. 1984
  7. I Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore
  8. You've Got The Love To Make Me Over
  9. You Made Me An Offer I Can't Refuse
  10. (I've Been A Winner, I've Been A Loser) I've Been In Love
  11. Stay With Me
  12. The Day You Leave
  13. I'm Bugging Your Phone, Pt. 2
  14. Where There Is Faith, There Is Hope
  15. If I Can't Fly
  16. I Want To Give You All The Love You've Been Giving Me
  17. Come Back
  18. The Easiest Way To Fall
  19. Don't Be Sorry Be Careful
  20. I Think You Need Love
  21. Why
  22. Give Me Just A Little More Time
  23. You've Got Me Dangling On A String

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