Trax Records

Trax Records

Profile:
One of the larger two original Chicago house-music labels (the other being D.J. International Records). Founded in the early 1980s by Larry Sherman, Screamin'Rachael, Jesse Saunders, and Vince Lawrence. Responsible for the release of "Acid Tracks" by Phuture, "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson, and many many other records that shaped the Chicago and acid house sounds through till the early 1990's.

Some releases were licensed to Westside Records (2) / Radical Records (5) (and other labels) in Britain, BCM Records in Germany, and Mirakkle Records in France; single releases were licensed to different labels worldwide.

They had a shortlived London, UK dependence via PRD Labels Ltd between 1996 and early 1998.

Reborn with the help of Screamin' Rachael, in the new millennium it was a subsidiary of a Canadian corporation called Casablanca Media Acquisitions Inc. New catalog numbers reflect the subsidiary nature of Trax.

In a Chicago Court ruling on June 6, 2008 Trax Records was returned to its original owners Rachael Cain and Larry Sherman.
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Contact Info:
Trax Records
505 N Lakeshore Dr. #3009
Chicago, Il. 60606, USA
Phone: 312 - 404 - 1660
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2C TRAX 701 Chicago Trax Vol 1  album cover Various Chicago Trax Vol 1(Cass, Comp, Ltd) Radical Records (5), Trax Records, Radical Records (5), Trax Records 2C TRAX 701 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12TEK6 Baby Wants To Ride (X-rated Swemix Version)  album cover Jamie Principle Baby Wants To Ride (X-rated Swemix Version)(12", Ltd) Btech 12TEK6 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
1, 2, 5 to 7,9 to 11 Various Church Of Danceology(CD, Comp) Eurostates Of Dance 1, 2, 5 to 7,9 to 11 France 1999 Sell This Version
5013 Joey Beltram Trax Classix(16xFile, WAV, Comp) Trax Records 5013 Canada 2005
26174 Chicago Trax Megamix  album cover 'Mic Mac' Meyers* Chicago Trax Megamix(CD, Mixed) BCM Records 26174 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
33220 Acieed Inferno Volume 2  album cover Various Acieed Inferno Volume 2(LP, Comp) BCM Records 33220 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
041 765 2 The Evil Acid Baron Show  album cover Various The Evil Acid Baron Show 041 765 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
354600 Baby Wants To Ride   album cover Frankie Knuckles Baby Wants To Ride (2xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354600 US Unknown
354607 You Used To Hold Me  album cover Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* - You Used To Hold Me(5xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354607 US Unknown
354610 Jack The Bass  album cover Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Jack The Bass(3xFile, AAC, 256) Trax Records 354610 US Unknown
354611 Virgo Trax Again  album cover Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Trax Again(7xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354611 US Unknown
354616 No Way Back  album cover Adonis No Way Back(2xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354616 US Unknown
354617 Dream Girl  album cover Pierre's Pfantasy Club Dream Girl(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354617 US Unknown
354625 Best Of Master C & J  album cover Master C & J Featuring Liz Torres Master C & J Featuring Liz Torres - Best Of Master C & J(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354625 US Unknown
354626 Acid Tracks  album cover Phuture Acid Tracks 354626 US Unknown
354627 Can You Feel It  album cover Mr. Fingers Can You Feel It(2xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354627 US Unknown
354641 The Complete Can You Feel It  album cover Mr. Fingers The Complete Can You Feel It 354641 US 2009
354826 Girls Out On The Floor  album cover Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor(2xFile, AAC, 256) Trax Records 354826 US Unknown
354828 M.C.M.  album cover Mind Control Music* M.C.M.(4xFile, MP3, 320) Trax Records 354828 US Unknown
354834 We Are Phuture  album cover Phuture We Are Phuture(3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354834 US Unknown
828 052-4 Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Vol. II - Chicago Trax(2xCass, Comp) London Records, London Records 828 052-4 1987 Sell This Version
3026462 Chicago Trax - Volumes I & II  album cover Various Chicago Trax - Volumes I & II(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026462 France 1997 Sell This Version
3026464 Chicago Trax  album cover Various Chicago Trax(Cass, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026464 France 1997 Sell This Version
3026472 House Anthems Volumes I-II  album cover Various House Anthems Volumes I-II(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026472 France 1997 Sell This Version
3027382 Mad On Acid (A Comprehensive History Of Acid House Music)  album cover Various Mad On Acid (A Comprehensive History Of Acid House Music)(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3027382 France 1998 Sell This Version
3027392 The Big Apple Bites Back  album cover Joey Beltram / Steve Stoll / Frankie Bones Joey Beltram / Steve Stoll / Frankie Bones - The Big Apple Bites Back(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3027392 France 1998 Sell This Version
3036602 Ultimate House Volume 1  album cover Various Ultimate House Volume 1(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3036602 France 1998 Sell This Version
3036604 Ultimate House Volume 1  album cover Various Ultimate House Volume 1(Cass, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3036604 France 1998 Sell This Version
3039642 Best Of Frankie Knuckles  album cover Frankie Knuckles Best Of Frankie Knuckles(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3039642 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043302 House  album cover Various House(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records, Mirakkle Records 3043302 France 1999 Sell This Version
3043312 Les Parrains De La House - Marshall Jefferson  album cover Marshall Jefferson Les Parrains De La House - Marshall Jefferson(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3043312 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043322 Les Parrains De La House - Ralphi Rosario  album cover Ralphi Rosario Les Parrains De La House - Ralphi Rosario(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3043322 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043332 Les Parrains De La House - Larry Heard (Mr Fingers)  album cover Larry Heard Les Parrains De La House - Larry Heard (Mr Fingers)(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records, Mirakkle Records 3043332 France 1998 Sell This Version
828052.2 The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax  album cover Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp) London Records, London Records 828052.2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
74321559852 Chicago House Fever  album cover Various Chicago House Fever(CD, Comp) Omnisonus, Apricot Records, BMG France 74321559852 France 1998 Sell This Version
191018279905 Moon Rocks  album cover Hiroko Yamamura Moon Rocks(4xFile, MP3, WAV, EP) Trax Records 191018279905 US 2016
191018281205 Some Other Time  album cover Pour Le Plaisir Some Other Time(3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 191018281205 US 2016
191018590901 Gotta Have House   album cover Lois Plugged & Fruckie Feat. Bravo* Lois Plugged & Fruckie Feat. Bravo* - Gotta Have House (3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 191018590901 US 2016
191018830335 Trax 4 Life  album cover Carlos Nilmmns Trax 4 Life(3xFile, MP3, 320) Trax Records 191018830335 US 2017
191018977900 Warehouse: The Remixes  album cover Jorge Cruz (3), Carmelo Carone Jorge Cruz (3), Carmelo Carone - Warehouse: The Remixes(6xFile, WAV, EP) Trax Records 191018977900 US 2017
192562849668 Waste Your Time  album cover Hand In Hand (3) Waste Your Time(2xFile, WAV) Trax Records 192562849668 US 2018
888003399297 Trax Classix   album cover Armando Trax Classix (16xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Trax Records 888003399297 US 2010
888003418776 Move Your Body  album cover Marshall Jefferson Move Your Body(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 888003418776 US Unknown
889845003342 Jack The Bass (Remixes)  album cover Farley Jackmaster Funk* Jack The Bass (Remixes)(4xFile, WAV) Phuture Trax (3), Trax Records 889845003342 US 2015
5032698671700 The House Music Anthem  album cover Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem(3xFile, WAV, RM) Harmless 5032698671700 UK 2013
ACIDLP 801 Son Of Acido  album cover Various Son Of Acido(2xLP, Comp) Trax Records, Radical Records (5) ACIDLP 801 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ARMA429 Oldskool (Mini Album)  album cover Armin van Buuren Oldskool (Mini Album)(CD, Album) Armada (4) ARMA429 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
AZCD13 Choice - A Collection Of Classics  album cover François K* Choice - A Collection Of Classics(2xCD, Comp) Azuli Records AZCD13 UK 2002 Sell This Version
B.C. 12-2011-40 You Got What You Deserve  album cover Radio Fashion You Got What You Deserve(12") BCM Records B.C. 12-2011-40 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
B.C. 33-2044-45 Chicago Trax Megamix / House Sound Of Chicago Megamix  album cover Various Chicago Trax Megamix / House Sound Of Chicago Megamix(LP, Mixed, Pic) BCM Records B.C. 33-2044-45 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
BLAT 7-4 Just Stay The Night  album cover Evie Just Stay The Night(7", Single) Blatant (2) BLAT 7-4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BRUTAL 2 Acidtraxtoo  album cover Various Acidtraxtoo(2xLP, Album, Comp) Hardcore BRUTAL 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ПРЗ CD59060 Acid Masters  album cover Various Acid Masters(CD-ROM, Comp, MP3) World Club Music ПРЗ CD59060 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
CDACID 801 Son Of Acido  album cover Various Son Of Acido(CD, Comp) Trax Records, Radical Records (5) CDACID 801 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 1 Acidtrax  album cover Various Acidtrax(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 2 Acidtraxtoo  album cover Various Acidtraxtoo(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD FING 2 Ammnesia  album cover Mr Fingers* Ammnesia(CD, Album) Jack Trax, Jack Trax CD FING 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDHIHO 1 The Best Of Hip House  album cover Various The Best Of Hip House(CD, Comp) Street Sounds CDHIHO 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDMTS 1 MTS  album cover MTS* MTS(CD, Album) Radical Records (5) CDMTS 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDNN 1 Party Time Lovers  album cover Nouveaux Nation Party Time Lovers(CD, Album) Radical Records (5) CDNN 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDRAPT 1 This Is War!  album cover Various This Is War!(CD, Comp) Radical Records (5) CDRAPT 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDTRAX 702 Frankie Knuckles Presents  album cover Frankie Knuckles Presents Various Frankie Knuckles Presents Various - Frankie Knuckles Presents(CD, Comp) Radical Records (5) CDTRAX 702 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDTRX001 We Call It Hallucinates  album cover Various We Call It Hallucinates(CD, Comp) Westside Records (2) CDTRX001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD WATSIT D1 What Does It All Mean?  album cover Over 2 You What Does It All Mean?(CD, Maxi) Trax Records CD WATSIT D1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CFV 05252 The Evil Acid Baron Show  album cover Various The Evil Acid Baron Show(VHS, P/Mixed) Channel 5, PolyGram Music Video CFV 05252 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHAMP 90 As Always  album cover Farley "Jackmaster" Funk As Always(7") Champion CHAMP 90 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHAMP 12-90 As Always  album cover Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard - As Always(12") Champion CHAMP 12-90 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Chicago House Hallucinates - Pump Up The World Volume One  album cover Various House Hallucinates - Pump Up The World Volume One(Cass, Comp) Vendetta Records (2), A&M Records, Vendetta Records (2), A&M Records Chicago US 1989 Sell This Version
CLP4009 This Is House - Chicago Trax  album cover Various This Is House - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp + CD, Comp + CD, Comp + Box, Comp, Ltd, R) Big Eye Music CLP4009 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRCL-2004 Can You Feel It - Trax Classics  album cover Larry Heard Can You Feel It - Trax Classics(CD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2004 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CRCL-2005 The Godfather Of House Music - Trax Classics  album cover Frankie Knuckles The Godfather Of House Music - Trax Classics(CD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2005 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CRCL-2006/7 The Anthology Of Trax Records  album cover Various The Anthology Of Trax Records(2xCD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2006/7 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CS001 Super Rhythm Trax  album cover Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax CS001 US 1985 Sell This Version
CTX 486 Don't Make Me Lonely  album cover Screamin' Rachael Don't Make Me Lonely CTX 486 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 487 Lost In Ituri  album cover Black Mamba (2) Lost In Ituri(12") Trax Records CTX 487 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 488 Acid Pitch / Ha-Ha  album cover James Bryant Acid Pitch / Ha-Ha CTX 488 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 489 Fluk Dat  album cover Robert Armani Fluk Dat (Single) CTX 489 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 490 We Live This Life  album cover Paul Johnson We Live This Life CTX 490 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 491 The Classic K.  album cover K-Alexi The Classic K. (EP) CTX 491 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 492 Disco Acid 4  album cover Joe Smooth Disco Acid 4 CTX 492 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 494 Picture This  album cover Ant Dub Picture This CTX 494 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 495 Whip Raff  album cover D.J. Rush* Whip Raff CTX 495 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 496 I Can't Believe It  album cover Matt Warren I Can't Believe It CTX 496 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 497 Klassic K2  album cover K-Alexi Klassic K2(12") Trax Records CTX 497 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 498 Perfect Love  album cover Jere McAllister Featuring Reggie Hall Jere McAllister Featuring Reggie Hall - Perfect Love CTX 498 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 499 King Of The Party Records  album cover Lidell Townsell King Of The Party Records CTX 499 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 500 Disco Acid Vol. V  album cover Joe Smooth Disco Acid Vol. V(12") Trax Records CTX 500 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 501 Keep It Moving  album cover Nyles Arrington & Boyd Jarvis Nyles Arrington & Boyd Jarvis - Keep It Moving (Single) CTX 501 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 503 Duh Duh Da  album cover Lidell Townsell Duh Duh Da CTX 503 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 504 Follow This Beat  album cover Paul Johnson Follow This Beat (Maxi) CTX 504 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 504 X Follow This Beat  album cover Paul Johnson Follow This Beat(CDr, Single, Promo) Trax Records CTX 504 X US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 505 Alternative 3  album cover Joe Smooth Alternative 3 CTX 505 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 506 Please Don't Go  album cover Screamin' Rachael Please Don't Go (Single) CTX 506 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 507 Bad Boy / Baby Wants To Ride  album cover Frankie Knuckles Bad Boy / Baby Wants To Ride(12") Trax Records CTX 507 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 511 Sister Sister  album cover Screaming Rachael* Sister Sister (Single) CTX 511 US 2005 Sell This Version
CTX 5086 Welcome Home  album cover Gene Hunt Welcome Home(2x12") Trax Records CTX 5086 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5002 Trax Records - The Next Generation  album cover Various Trax Records - The Next Generation(CD, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp) Trax Records CTX-CD-5002 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5003 Trax Records - Acid Classics  album cover Various Trax Records - Acid Classics(CD, Comp, RM) Trax Records CTX-CD-5003 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5004 Queer Trax - Coming In Loud & Queer  album cover Various Queer Trax - Coming In Loud & Queer (Comp) CTX-CD-5004 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5005 Trax Records (Rarities & B-Sides From The Vaults Of Trax Records)  album cover Various Trax Records (Rarities & B-Sides From The Vaults Of Trax Records) (Comp) CTX-CD-5005 US 2004 Sell This Version

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Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

November 29, 2018
Be advised that in the 80s and 90s, Trax had basically no quality control for it’s 12” pressings and used really dodgy quality vinyl formulations. Even brand new sealed copies will probably sound bad, so be advised when buying these on Discogs (aka don’t blame the seller for a VG+ rated record sounding bad).
grecoref

grecoref

October 5, 2015
What trax record was "are you done mixing yet" on. i had a lot of my house records stolen in the 90's
dylaf

dylaf

February 10, 2014
I feel its irrelevant to worry about, or concern yourself with the current 'state' of the Trax label/back catalogue/Management e.t.c. It has already provided- It provided at the time, during the era from when it found fame. What is of relevance however, is just to look back on it fondly- to continue to enjoy the music, hunt down stuff you care about when it comes up for sale, and just celebrate the good times. It just doesn't matter whats going on now with it.
popdensity

popdensity

August 7, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I have to say, even with the terrible label info and sound quality, it's good to see the trax catalogue still in print. It looks like they have basically dumped a large percentage of the back catalogue onto the digital music site Emusic, and I've been digging through and grabbing lots of it (presuming that it won't be there forever). So many dance music labels just vanish, leaving some of their records as priceless collectibles, and mostly leaving them lost to any sort of future. It's sad that it's essentially a dead label, and only part of the story of the era it represents, but there are some amazing gems that at least are being given a place in the digital age...
Turbo123

Turbo123

June 6, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
I have known and worked with Trax Records for 20+ years...in that time I have heard just about every story going...I would also say that Trax was not the only Chicago label to have artists claiming they were never paid. In 1999 four very senior artists won back their rights from a major player...it seemed that for 14years this label had claimed all sorts of things that it did not own and the courts sided with the artists...unfortunately not every artist can afford a lawyer and has therefore became a victim...I also know that many artists did in fact sign contracts, despite the fact they claim they did not...these contracts were by all accounts massively in Trax's favour but the fact remains that at the time the artist was happy to sign. FACT the Canadian's know diddly squat about house music...but when they bought into Trax (50%) they didn't need to as Larry and co were going to continue to run the label. Unfortunately for them Larry and co were not quite, let's say Kosher, the result being a court case that found the Canadian's taking 100% control of a label they knew Zero about...honestly not a clue they have no idea what they have. But to give them their due they are trying to put some of the past wrongs right but it's going to be a long and very hard job. What is the future for Trax...well as a catalogue it will continue to be worked and with a bit of luck we will see a Legends tour in the next 12 months...also new compilations are being released and several new mixes are in production. Look out for remixes of "Love Can't Turn Around", "Can You Feel It", "We're Rockin Down The House", "You Used To Hold Me", "House Nation", "Move Your Body", "Do It Properly" & "Boys & Girls" A big shout to my good friends Joe Smooth, Adonis, Bam Bam, Paris Brightledge, Sterling Void, Darryl Pandy, Jesse Saunders, DJ Pierre, Fast Eddie, Tyree Cooper, Marshall and Farley JMF. Love to all...
dancerecords-net

dancerecords-net

November 24, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
All love to the old Trax Records from Chicago, but what these canadians have done to the backcatalog of Trax is to cry about! The recent mix CD's have a terrible soundquality. Old records have been recorded in a very cheap way without any soundimprovement. New tracks from recent years have been mixed with old tracks and this just sounds horrible. Don't know what these canadians are doing (milking an empty cow) but this is a disgrace!
djfrankiebones

djfrankiebones

May 18, 2004
Chicago Trax - To witness a label operation first hand, could not be any more animated as walking into Larry Sherman's operation in the mid-nineties. Most electronic music lovers know this is the original label of the house movement. Not one to follow any rules or regulations, Trax had a reputation to not pay its artists and how the label is able to still operate and put out product is nothing short of a miricle. These days with a joint venture deal with C.W. Paas, your Trax records will not glow under a blacklight, have ring impressions or bits of paper pressed into the vinyl. Post 2K, you will not be buying your "No Way Back" 12" in a Motown jacket and sealed, but the 80's & 90's worked different.
Halff the warehouse was burned down, Only 2 of the 6
presses worked, and Re-grinded vinyl would be recycled with the labels not punched out. Ghetto to say
the least, but still a legacy, nevertheless. Larry Sherman owes millions in unpaid royalties ($2000 to myself, is still in the mail....Joey Beltram presenting Geoffrey Mack is neither, it was Khan (Bizz O.D.) and countless other artists were left strapped for cash. But after all the bad business, is one of the most animated & classic labels of electronic music. For that we all do respect......
eiskristall

eiskristall

February 27, 2002
Warehouse, Chicago Trax and DJ International as creators of the original house-sound have its place in music history forever. Milestones as Mr. Finger's "Can You Feel It", Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body", Phuture's "Acid Tracks" and Farley Jackmaster Funk's "Love Can't Turn Around" are unforgetable classics

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