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 orignal 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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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2C TRAX 701 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 Jamie Principle Baby Wants To Ride (X-rated Swemix Version)(12") Btech 12TEK6 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
5013 Joey Beltram Trax Classix(16xFile, WAV, Comp) Trax Records 5013 Canada 2005
26174 'Mic Mac' Meyers* Chicago Trax Megamix(CD, Maxi, Mixed) BCM Records 26174 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
33220 Various Acieed Inferno Volume 2(LP, Comp) BCM Records 33220 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
354610 Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Jack The Bass(3xFile, AAC, 256) Trax Records 354610 US Unknown
354626 Phuture Acid Tracks 354626 US Unknown
354641 Mr. Fingers The Complete Can You Feel It 354641 US Unknown
354826 Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor(2xFile, AAC, 256) Trax Records 354826 US Unknown
354828 Mind Control Music* M.C.M.(4xFile, MP3, 320) Trax Records 354828 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 Various Chicago Trax - Volumes I & II(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026462 France 1997 Sell This Version
3026472 Various House Anthems Volumes I-II(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026472 France 1997 Sell This Version
3027382 Various Mad On Acid (A Comprehensive History Of Acid House Music)(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3027382 France 1998 Sell This Version
3027392 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 Various Ultimate House Volume 1(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3036602 France 1998 Sell This Version
3039642 Frankie Knuckles Best Of Frankie Knuckles(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3039642 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043302 Various House(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records, Mirakkle Records 3043302 France 1999 Sell This Version
3043312 Marshall Jefferson Les Parrains De La House - Marshall Jefferson(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3043312 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043322 Ralphi Rosario Les Parrains De La House - Ralphi Rosario(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3043322 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043332 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 Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp) London Records, London Records 828052.2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
74321559852 Various Chicago House Fever(CD, Comp) Apricot Records, BMG France, Omnisonus 74321559852 France 1998 Sell This Version
888003399297 Armando Trax Classix (16xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Trax Records 888003399297 US 2010
889845003342 Farley Jackmaster Funk* Jack The Bass (Remixes)(4xFile, WAV) Phuture Trax (3), Trax Records 889845003342 US 2015
5032698671700 Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem(3xFile, WAV, RM) Harmless 5032698671700 UK 2013
ACIDLP 801 Various Son Of Acido(2xLP, Comp) Trax Records, Radical Records (5) ACIDLP 801 UK 1989 Sell This Version
BLAT 7-4 Evie Just Stay The Night(7", Single) Blatant (2) BLAT 7-4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BRUTAL 2 Various Acidtraxtoo(2xLP, Album, Comp) Hardcore BRUTAL 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ПРЗ CD59060 Various Acid Masters(CD-ROM, Comp, MP3) World Club Music ПРЗ CD59060 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
CDACID 801 Various Son Of Acido(CD, Comp) Trax Records, Radical Records (5) CDACID 801 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 1 Various Acidtrax(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 2 Various Acidtraxtoo(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD FING 2 Mr Fingers* Ammnesia(CD, Album) Jack Trax, Jack Trax CD FING 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDMTS 1 M.T.S. (2) MTS(CD, Album) Radical Records (5) CDMTS 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDNN 1 Nouveaux Nation Party Time Lovers(CD, Album) Radical Records (5) CDNN 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDNX 1 Various Aciiid Bang!(CD, Comp) Needle Records CDNX 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDRAPT 1 Various This Is War!(CD, Comp) Radical Records (5) CDRAPT 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDTRAX 702 Frankie Knuckles Presents Various Frankie Knuckles Presents Various - Frankie Knuckles Presents(CD, Comp) Radical Records (5) CDTRAX 702 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDTRX001 Various We Call It Hallucinates(CD, Comp) Westside Records (2) CDTRX001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD WATSIT D1 Over 2 You What Does It All Mean?(CD, Maxi) Trax Records CD WATSIT D1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CHAMP 12-90 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 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
CRCL-2004 Larry Heard Can You Feel It - Trax Classics(CD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2004 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CRCL-2005 Frankie Knuckles The Godfather Of House Music - Trax Classics(CD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2005 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CRCL-2006/7 Various The Anthology Of Trax Records(2xCD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2006/7 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CS001 Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax CS001 US 1985 Sell This Version
CTX 486 Screamin' Rachael Don't Make Me Lonely CTX 486 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 487 Black Mamba (2) Lost In Ituri(12") Trax Records CTX 487 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 488 James Bryant Acid Pitch / Ha-Ha CTX 488 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 489 Robert Armani Fluk Dat(12") Trax Records CTX 489 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 490 Paul Johnson We Live This Life CTX 490 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 491 K-Alexi The Classic K.(12") Trax Records CTX 491 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 492 Joe Smooth Disco Acid 4 CTX 492 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 494 Ant Dub Picture This CTX 494 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 495 D.J. Rush* Whip Raff CTX 495 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 496 Matt Warren I Can't Believe It(12") Trax Records CTX 496 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 497 K-Alexi Klassic K2(12") Trax Records CTX 497 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 498 Jere McAllister Featuring Reggie Hall Jere McAllister Featuring Reggie Hall - Perfect Love CTX 498 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 499 Lidell Townsell King Of The Party Records CTX 499 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 500 Joe Smooth Disco Acid Vol. V(12") Trax Records CTX 500 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 501 Nyles Arrington & Boyd Jarvis Nyles Arrington & Boyd Jarvis - Keep It Moving CTX 501 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 503 Lidell Townsell Duh Duh Da CTX 503 UK 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 504 Paul Johnson Follow This Beat CTX 504 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 504 X Paul Johnson Follow This Beat(CDr, Single, Promo) Trax Records CTX 504 X US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 505 Joe Smooth Alternative 3 CTX 505 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 506 Screamin' Rachael Please Don't Go (Single) CTX 506 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 507 Frankie Knuckles Bad Boy / Baby Wants To Ride(12") Trax Records CTX 507 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX 511 Screamin Rachael* Sister Sister(12", Promo) Trax Records CTX 511 US 2005 Sell This Version
CTX 5086 Gene Hunt Welcome Home(2x12") Trax Records CTX 5086 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX CD 5002 Various Trax Records - The Next Generation(CD, Comp, Mixed + CD, Comp) Trax Records CTX CD 5002 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5003 Various Trax Records - Acid Classics(CD, Comp, RM) Trax Records CTX-CD-5003 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5004 Various Queer Trax - Coming In Loud & Queer (Comp) CTX-CD-5004 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5005 Various Trax Records: Rarities & B-Sides (From The Vaults Of Trax Records) (Comp) CTX-CD-5005 US 2004 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5006 Screamin' Rachael Extacy (Album) CTX-CD-5006 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX CD 5007 Frankie Knuckles Frankie Knuckles Presents His Greatest Hits From Trax Records(CD, Comp) Trax Records CTX CD 5007 USA & Canada 2004 Sell This Version
CTX CD 5010 Various Twilight Trax(CD, Comp, Mixed) Trax Records CTX CD 5010 US 2005 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5011 Armando Trax Classix(CD, Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records CTX-CD-5011 US 2005 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5012 Farley Jackmaster Funk* Trax Classix(CD, Comp, Dig) Trax Records CTX-CD-5012 US 2005 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5013 Joey Beltram Trax Classix(CD, Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records CTX-CD-5013 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5015 Master C&J* Featuring Liz Torres Master C&J* Featuring Liz Torres - Can't Get Enough: The Classics & More(CD, Album, RE) Trax Records, Trax Records CTX-CD-5015 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
CTX-CD-5016 Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre - Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre(CD, Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records CTX-CD-5016 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
DBM3179-1 Various Acid Trax Volume 1(12", Comp) Fierce!, Trax Records DBM3179-1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
DBM3223-4 Marshall Jefferson Timeless Classics(CD, Comp) Fierce! DBM3223-4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
DJTRX 002 White Knight New World Order (Remix)(12", Promo, W/Lbl) Trax Records DJTRX 002 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DJTRX 003 R. Owens* / Mystic Bill / Jackmaster D* R. Owens* / Mystic Bill / Jackmaster D* - Album Sampler(12", Smplr, W/Lbl) Trax Records DJTRX 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DRUG 1 Various Acid Trax(LP, Comp) Serious Records (2) DRUG 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DRUG 2 Various Acid Trax Volume 2(2xLP, Album, Comp) Serious Records (2) DRUG 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DRUG 3 Various Acid Trax Volume 3(2xLP, Comp) Needle Records DRUG 3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
FING 2 Mr Fingers* Ammnesia(2xLP, Album) Jack Trax, Jack Trax FING 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
GLASS 001 Joey Beltram vs. Technasia Joey Beltram vs. Technasia - The Start It Up (Remix)(12") Glass Splinters GLASS 001 France 2000 Sell This Version
HB 097 Afrika Bambaataa Flashlight(12") Heartbeat HB 097 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
HEDKLP062 Various Back To Love(2x12", Ltd, Smplr) Hed Kandi HEDKLP062 UK 2006 Sell This Version
HH2001 Peechiz & DJ Stevie P.* Featuring Stacey G.* Peechiz & DJ Stevie P.* Featuring Stacey G.* - Dope On The Mic HH2001 US 1989 Sell This Version
HMF 102 Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* - You Used To Hold Me(12", RE) Hot Mix 5 Records, Trax Records HMF 102 US 1998 Sell This Version
hsea 9002 Various House Hallucinates Pump Up London Volume One(2xLP, Comp) Breakout, Breakout hsea 9002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
hsec 9002 Various House Hallucinates Pump Up The World Volume One(Cass, Album, Comp) Breakout, A&M Records hsec 9002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
HT1007 James "Jack Rabbit"* Featuring Pam White James "Jack Rabbit"* Featuring Pam White - Let Us Have Love (Step By Step)(12") Housetime Records HT1007 US 1989 Sell This Version
HT1013 M.T.S.3* Presents The House Boyz M.T.S.3* Presents The House Boyz - M.T.S. Mega Mix(12") Housetime Records HT1013 US 1989 Sell This Version
HT1014 Shabazz & Marcy Ice Baby Ice(12") Housetime Records HT1014 US 1989 Sell This Version

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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 9 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 9 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 10 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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