Mainstream Records Appreciation

fishmongerfunkfishmongerfunk 4,154 Posts
edited March 2016 in Music Talk
bob shads label (especially the 1970s ones with the red lion) seems to get little to no respect from anyone i have ever known but i think that some of the best jazz/fusion sets of the 70s can be found on it. maybe this is sort of a useless thread but i am trying hard to avoid reality. rep your fave mainstream titles. heres my top 6

1. curtis fuller-crankin
2. buddy terry-awareness
3. roy haynes-senyah
4. frank foster-loud minority
5. mike longo-the awakening (hard as fuck
6. hal galper-wild bird
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  • Blue Mitchell had some really nice records on Mainstream. Blue's Blues, Graffiti Blues.

  • no doubt, i love his self-titled one with that dope version of walter bishop:s "soul village",

  • Alice Clark is by far my favourite LP on mainstream. But the fairly cheap leon huff lp is also quite good to me.

  • KineticKinetic 3,738 Posts

    5. mike longo-the awakening (hard as fuck)

    Indeed it is.

    Also love the staple Afrique - soul mokossa LP.

    Oh, and I have 2 realy good Charles Kynard LPs on Mainstream too.

  • wasn't the delegates convention 72/funky butt on mainstream too? dope 45 not to hard to find either.

  • cpeetzcpeetz 2,112 Posts
    You are forgetting the most sought after Mainstream lp,
    ALICE CLARK!

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    Dude, no doubt - Mainstream is an amazing label.

    Can't forget that they were in many ways the premier psychedelic
    label in the late 60's - they put out tons of the stuff,
    and many of the most sought after and best psych albums are
    on Mainstream. I called Mainstream a "jazz label" around a bunch
    of 50 year old rock headz and they looked at me like I had two heads!

    I am always finding oddball stuff on Mainstream, weird 45's, etc.

    A cool one I copped lately that I never hear about is "King Kong"
    by the Electric Ladies on 45 from 1974 - raw fuzztone funky girl
    group sound that is heavy and soulful.

    There's also a budget LP with an ugly ass cover of floating guitars
    that has some heat on it - tracks from Jack Wilkins, Jay Berliner, etc.
    If you find it, it will be $2 - and well worth copping.

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    You are forgetting the most sought after Mainstream lp,
    ALICE CLARK!

    Except for the 3rd reply above.

    And Alice Clark is far from the most sought after Mainstream LP,
    although it is up there.

  • m_dejeanm_dejean Quadratisch. Praktisch. Gut. 2,946 Posts
    the fairly cheap leon huff lp is also quite good to me.

    I think you mean Terry Huff, Seb. Cross eyed with a handlebar moustache, right?

  • upskibooupskiboo 2,396 Posts
    not freddie but dave hubbard who played on classic lonnie liston smith records has his first album on mainstream, with albert dailey on electric piano, has acouple funky tunes

  • upskibooupskiboo 2,396 Posts
    the pete yellin records are good too!

  • Don't forget this dude:






    His Version of "Red Clay" kills me. First time I heard it, my spine locked up. "Sucka Nigga" was always one of my favorite Tribe songs, but when I heard the original I was like. "FUK!"

  • cpeetzcpeetz 2,112 Posts
    You are forgetting the most sought after Mainstream lp,
    ALICE CLARK!

    Except for the 3rd reply above.

    And Alice Clark is far from the most sought after Mainstream LP,
    although it is up there.

    Ooops me no read so good.
    Alice Clark consistantly goes for $100-$200.
    What other Mainstream lp goes for that much?

  • cpeetzcpeetz 2,112 Posts
    You are forgetting the most sought after Mainstream lp,
    ALICE CLARK!

    Except for the 3rd reply above.

    And Alice Clark is far from the most sought after Mainstream LP,
    although it is up there.

    Ooops me no read so good.
    Alice Clark consistantly goes for $100-$200.
    What other Mainstream lp goes for that much?

    Popsike just answered that question, looks like there
    are various Pysh lp's on the earlier Mainstream (pre-lion logo)
    that fetch some serious $$$. I kinda forgot about non-jazz
    stuff on Mainstream, good to know though, if I ever come
    across any of those titles in the field for cheap.

  • DelayDelay 4,530 Posts
    earlier Mainstream Psych stuff is really where it's at:

    The Maze
    Orient Express
    Nucleus

  • hcrinkhcrink 8,729 Posts
    The Amboy Dukes totally crush all that tacky funk. :headbang:

  • I called Mainstream a "jazz label" around a bunch
    of 50 year old rock headz and they looked at me like I had two heads!

    I honestly thought all that came out on this label was jazz.
    Learn something new everyday.

  • hcrinkhcrink 8,729 Posts
    I called Mainstream a "jazz label" around a bunch
    of 50 year old rock headz and they looked at me like I had two heads!

    I honestly thought all that came out on this label was jazz.

    Learn something new everyday.

    they had very good runs of both psych and avant garde/electronic records before the switch to red lion/funky jazz stuff.

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    I called Mainstream a "jazz label" around a bunch
    of 50 year old rock headz and they looked at me like I had two heads!

    I honestly thought all that came out on this label was jazz.

    Learn something new everyday.

    they had very good runs of both psych and avant garde/electronic records before the switch to red lion/funky jazz stuff.

    And they had some great jazz reissues in the 60's of classic swing-era
    stuff. One of my most cherished swing LP's is a collection of Chu Berry
    session work called "Sittin' In" on Mainstream. Those 60's jazz repops
    had great covers, too.

  • volumenvolumen 2,532 Posts
    I love this label. Big band-psych-folk-jazz-funk. What more can you ask for? And yes they did the Delegates Convention stuff.


  • RockadelicRockadelic Out Digging 13,993 Posts
    earlier Mainstream Psych stuff is really where it's at:

    The Maze
    Orient Express
    Nucleus

    The Maze was on MTA

    But you are right...lotsa great psych..

    Lincoln Street Exit
    Bohemian Vendetta
    Josephus

  • GuzzoGuzzo 8,611 Posts
    beleive it or not google and yahoo images have no picture of it but y'all need to respect

    Art Farmer "Gentle Eyes"

    the soulsides track is incredible

  • Maxine Weldon "Aint got nobody"

  • beleive it or not google and yahoo images have no picture of it but y'all need to respect

    Art Farmer "Gentle Eyes"

    the soulsides track is incredible
    I couldn't really get into that album (too snoozy).
    Soulsides is pretty good, IMO.

  • DelayDelay 4,530 Posts
    earlier Mainstream Psych stuff is really where it's at:

    The Maze
    Orient Express
    Nucleus

    The Maze was on MTA

    But you are right...lotsa great psych..

    Lincoln Street Exit
    Bohemian Vendetta
    Josephus
    my faulty memory put "Armageddon" on mainsteam for some reason.
    what about Pheonix Authority? wasnt that on mainstream?

  • GuzzoGuzzo 8,611 Posts

    what about Pheonix Authority? wasnt that on mainstream?

    yup, is this record really good? I've always slept on it

  • RockadelicRockadelic Out Digging 13,993 Posts

    what about Pheonix Authority? wasnt that on mainstream?

    yup, is this record really good? I've always slept on it

    I've never seen nor heard of this one????

    here's a few more...

    Pot Of Flowers
    Tangerine Zoo
    Jelly Bean Bandits
    Stone Circus

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts

    what about Pheonix Authority? wasnt that on mainstream?

    yup, is this record really good? I've always slept on it

    Just a bunch of covers. "come together" is decent, but the gatefold takes up to much space on the shelf so I sent it packing.

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    Also, Katmandu is a decent funky-rock lp w/ a young bobby "cat in the hat" caldwell on bass.

  • parsecparsec 5,087 Posts
    The Savage Resurrection totally crush all that tacky funk. :headbang:
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