What does it sound like?:
Not, as you might assume (well I did), an umbrella collection of the legendary songwriting team’s great hits for The Supremes, The Isley Brothers et al. Instead this handsome box contains 14 discs (269 tracks) collecting The HDH’s post-Motown releases as label impresarios (the labels being Invictus, Hot Wax and Music Merchant). As a “complete” (well, very nearly) collection there are duplicate versions of songs, instrumentals and in-house covers, but what’s striking is how strong the b-sides are; the discs are arranged so that all of disc 1 is As and all of disc 2 is Bs and so on, but you do not feel a dip in quality listening to those b side discs. If there was a “Canon” of classic soul singles, there’s not a lot here beyond Freda Payne’s “Band Of Gold” and The Chairmen Of The Board’s “Give Me Just A Little More Time” that would be guaranteed inclusion, but in a short time I’ve really fallen in love with the great bulk of these songs (I do have a soft spot for the late 60s- mid 70s period when the familiar Motown shuffle was transforming into sinewy funk and » Continue Reading.