VA - Invictus Soul Box Set Remastered Limited Edition (2006)
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VA - Invictus Soul Box Set Remastered Limited Edition (2006)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Invictus Soul Box Set
Year Of Release: 2006
Label (Catalog#): Castle Music ‎[CMETD1414]
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco, Rhythm & Blues
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 3:51:59
Full Size: 562 mb / 1.56 gb
It's sure hard to call Castle's 2006 triple-disc box a "deluxe" release -- it has the drab title of Invictus Soul Box Set and it's just slapped together in a CD-sized cardboard box, containing good liner notes by Peter Doggett but little else in the way of packaging (there are no photos from the label, either of the artists or the singles, anywhere to be found). This stands in contrast to Castle's previous treatment of the Invictus catalog, when they released a bunch of stellar single-artist retrospectives in the early 2000s, but ultimately it doesn't matter: on a sheer musical level, Invictus Soul Box Set is superb. It follows no strict chronological order, jumping from year to year within each disc, but it roughly breaks down to having the biggest hits on the first disc, follow-ups and neglected treasures on the second, with the funkiest stuff reserved for third. This gives the box a flow, but the truth is, this music could be played in random order and it would still be satisfying because each cut was designed to stand on its own merits as a single. Ironically, several of the versions showcased here are album versions -- such as Flaming Ember's dynamic "Westbound Number Nine" -- instead of singles, but these are subtle differences that do not change the overall effect of this box's addictive onslaught of soul. Holland-Dozier-Holland's skills as writers, producers, and overall talent scouts and shepherds were not diminished at all. Invictus released some of the first Parliament recordings, after all. What is most impressive is the sheer variety of sound and style here: there's the exuberant, colorful Chairmen of the Board, the female empowerment soul of Freda Payne, the Honey Cone, and Laura Lee, the smooth seduction of Holland-Dozier-Holland's own work, the ferocious blue-eyed soul of Flaming Ember, the down-n-dirty funk of Ruth Copeland, and the bright, big, poppy soul of the 8th Day and 100 Proof Aged in Soul. This is certainly '70s to its very core -- all flared pants, afros, paisleys, wah-wah guitars, sweeping strings, and horny horns -- but while it effortlessly evokes its time, it also transcends it, never sounding dated. There is an abundance of imagination in the production, and if it was neither as seismic, influential, or popular as Motown, this is a body of work that stands proudly alongside it -- and there has never been a better place to get immersed in the glory of Invictus than on this splendid box.
TRACKLIST:
Disc 1
01. Fresa Payne / Band Of Gold 02:55
02. Chairmen Of Board / Give Me Just A Little More Time 02:42
03. Holland-Dozier Feat Lamont Dozier / Why Can't We Be Lovers 03:45
04. The Honey Cone / Want Ads 02:47
05. Chairmen Of The Board / Finders Keepers 03:34
06. The Flaming Ember / Watbound # 9 03:33
07. 100 Proof Aged In Soul / Somebody's Been Sleeping (in My Bed) 03:07
08. Freda Payne / Deeper And Deeper 03:04
09. Chairmen Of The Board / Working On A Building Of Love 02:56
10. Laura Lee / Women's Love Rights 03:15
11. The Honey Cone / Stick-Up 03:02
12. Chairmen Of The Board / Everything's Tuesday 02:50
13. Thw 8th Day / She's Not Just Another Woman 03:05
14. The Flaming Ember / I'm Not My Brother's Keeper 03:06
15. Chairmen Of The Board / Elmo James 04:21
16. The Glass House / Crumbs Off The Table 02:48
17. The Honey Cone / One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Part 1) 03:30
18. Chairmen Of The Board / Pay To The Piper 03:09
19. The 8th Day / You've Got To Crawl (Before You Walk) 02:53
20. Chairmen Of The Board / (You've Got Me) Dangling On A String 02:59
21. Laura Lee / Rip Off 03:17
22. The Honey Cone / The Day I Found Myself 03:00
23. Freda Payne / Bring The Boys Home 03:30
24. Chairmen Of The Board / I'n On My Way To A Better Place 04:08
Disc 2
01. Chairman Of The Board / Patches 03:32
02. Eloise Laws / Love Factory 03:24
03. The Hi-Lites / That's Love 03:09
04. The Honey Cone / While You're Out Looking For Sugar 03:15
05. The Barrino Brothers / I Shall Not Be Moved 02:27
06. The Jones Girls / Taster Of The Honey 02:54
07. Earl English / Wanting You 02:46
08. Tyrone Edwards / Can't Get Enough Of You 03:00
09. Freda Payne / Cherish What Is Dear To You 03:57
10. Brian Holland / I'm So Glad 03:59
11. Scherrie Payne / V.i.p. 03:14
12. 100 Proof Aged In Soul / Everything Good Is Bad 04:53
13. Holland-Dozier / New Breed Kinda Woman 03:51
14. Chairman Of The Board / Try On My Love For Size 03:28
15. Brenda Holloway / Let Love Grow 02:40
16. Melvin Davis / You Made Me Over 03:31
17. Tv Hunter / Don't See Me In Your Eyes Anymore 03:46
18. The Silent Majority / Something New About You 02:50
19. The Jones Girls / Your Love Controls Me 02:45
20. Brotherly Love / Mama's Little Baby 02:45
21. Ruth Copeland / The Music Box 03:39
22. Holland-Dozier Ft Brian Holland / Don't Leave Me Starvin' For Your Love 03:23
23. Freda Payne / You Bought The Joy 02:55
24. Smith Connection / I've Been In Love 03:28
Disc 3
01. Ruth Copeland / Gimme Shelter 08:05
02. Chairmen Of The Board / Life And Death 03:08
03. Parliament / Come In Out Of The Rain 02:57
04. Freda Payne / The Unhooked Generation 02:30
05. Natural High / Bump Your Lady 03:55
06. The Politicians / Free Your Mind 02:50
07. Raynel Winglas / Bar-B-Q-Ribs 02:43
08. Harrison Kennedy / Sunday Morning People 03:09
09. Lucifer / Time Gonna Change Everything 06:11
10. Lee Charles / Sitting On A Time Bomb 02:51
11. Laura Lee / I Need It Just As Bad As You 02:59
12. Flaming Ember / Stop The World And Let Me Off 03:04
13. Chairmen Of The Board / Hanging On To A Memory 04:13
14. Smith Connection / I'm Bugging Your Phone 02:37
15. The 8th Day / Cheba 04:29
16. Freda Payne / Mother Misery's Favorite Child 05:08
17. Chairmen Of The Board / Chairmen Of The Board 03:35
18. Parliament / I Call My Baby Pussycat 04:24
19. Newyork Port Authority / I Got It 03:32
20. The Just Brothers / Sliced Tomatoes 02:21
Compiled By – John Reed
Liner Notes – Peter Doggett
Remastering: The Town House
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