HOLLAND DOZIER HOLLAND: Rare 45s Box Set (2014)

Rare 45s Box Set Holland Dozier HollandBringing super rare Holland-Dozier-Holland tracks out on seven inch? It’s all so obvious isn’t it? Apparently not immediately – if you’re in charge of release format decisions at Harmless Records. The story goes something like this: about this time last year, UMC released a Motown 7s box set of rare and unreleased (not to mention top quality) vinyl from big names including the likes of Marvin Gaye and The Temptations, then, six months later, Harmless Records drops a mammoth 269 track compilation of rare and unreleased (not to mention top quality) post-exit-from Motown, Holland-Dozier-Holland-penned cuts and sung by everyone from Freda Payne to Laura Lee, Parliament to Chairmen Of The Board. On cd. Say what? Have Harmless Records never met any northern soul djs? They won’t even be seen dead playing 12 inch vinyl so why anyone would think the biggest potential market for rare H-D-H stuff would wear the whole cd concept is mystifying.

Anyway, in the wake of BBC documentaries about northern soul, the rise of Youtube sensation ‘Soul Girl Levanna’ and the massive way-beyond-expectation demand for Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul film (in short the stirrings of a northern soul revival), Harmless have done the decent thing, caved in to popular demand and brought out a rare 45s box set culling some of the finest Acetates, Test Pressings & Remixes from the vaults of Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant which will, “sit beautifully alongside the recent Motown Rare 7” Box Sets.” Really? No shit? Vinyl box set tracklist below plus humble Juno player for the full 144-track cd version below on which all the vinyl cuts appear.
(Out 8 December on Harmless Records)


Disc 1
A. Chairmen of the Board – ‘What’s The Use’ / Previously unreleased acetate
B. Chairmen of the Board – ‘Where There Is Faith, There Is Hope’ / Previously unreleased acetate

Disc 2
A. Barrino Brothers – ‘Trapped In A Love’ / Previously unreleased acetate
B. Barrino Brothers – ‘Something About You’ / Previously unreleased acetate

Disc 3
A. Eloise Laws – ‘(You’re Mine) Baby Doll’ / Previously unreleased test pressing
B. Eloise Laws – ‘Don’t Burn The Bridge’ / Previously unreleased test pressing

Disc 4
A. Honey Cone – ‘If I Can’t Fly’ – Unreleased Version / Previously unreleased test pressing
B. Honey Cone – ‘Come Back’ / Previously unreleased test pressing

Disc 5
A. Eloise Laws – ‘The Easiest Way To Fall’ / Previously unreleased acetate
B. Eloise Laws – ‘I Think You Need Love’ / Previously unreleased acetate

Disc 6
A. Satisfaction Unlimited – ‘Why’ – Unreleased Single Version / Previously unreleased test pressing
B. The Jones Girls – ‘Don’t Be Sorry Be Careful’ / Previously unreleased test pressing

Disc 7
A. 100 Proof Aged In Soul – Since You’ve Been Gone’ – Unreleased long version / Previously unreleased acetate
B. Barrino Brothers – ‘I Want To Give You All The Love You’ve Been Giving Me’ / Previously unreleased acetate

Disc 8
A. Chairmen Of The Board – ‘Give Me Just A Little More Time’ – Tom Moulton Remix
Previously unreleased remix
B. Chairmen Of The Board – ‘Give Me Just A Little More Time’ (instrumental) – Tom Moulton Remix / Previously unreleased remix

Disc 9
A. Chairmen Of The Board – ‘You’ve Got Me Dangling on a String’ – Tom Moulton Remix / Previously unreleased
B. Chairmen Of The Board – ‘You’ve Got Me Dangling on a String’ (instrumental) – Tom Moulton Remix / Previously unreleased

Disc 10
A. Freda Payne – ‘Unhooked Generation’ – Tom Moulton Remix / Previously unreleased remix
B. Freda Payne – ‘Unhooked Generation’ (instrumental) – Tom Moulton Remix Previously unreleased remix


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