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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Label


Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year 
CS001 Super Rhythm Trax  album cover Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax CS001 US 1985 Sell This Version
JS 9993 Wanna Dance ?  album cover Le' Noiz Wanna Dance ?(12") Trax Records JS 9993 US 1985 Sell This Version
PRL 8521 Wanna Dance?  album cover Le' Noiz Wanna Dance? PRL 8521 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX101 Wanna Dance?  album cover Le' Noiz Wanna Dance? TX101 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX102 Girls Out On The Floor  album cover Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor TX102 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX 103 I'm Scared  album cover Le' Noiz I'm Scared(12") Trax Records TX 103 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX104 Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick  album cover Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* Jack Master Funk* / Jack Master Dick* - Jack The Bass / Jack The Dick TX104 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX106 Funkin With The Drums Again  album cover Farley Jackmaster Funk* Funkin With The Drums Again TX106 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX106 Funkin With The Drums Again / Jack The Dick  album cover Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Jack Master Dick* Farley Jackmaster Funk* / Jack Master Dick* - Funkin With The Drums Again / Jack The Dick(12") Trax Records, Trax Records TX106 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX108 Super Rhythm Trax  album cover Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax TX108 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX109 Sensation  album cover Ron Hardy Sensation TX109 US 1985 Sell This Version
TX110 My Main Man  album cover Screamin' Rachel* My Main Man(12") Trax Records TX110 US 1985 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
TX105 Ride The Rhythm (Remix)  album cover Marshall Jefferson Ride The Rhythm (Remix) TX105 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX 107 Virgo Tracks Again  album cover Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Tracks Again TX 107 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX111 Sensuous Woman Goes Disco  album cover Jackmaster Dick's Revenge* Sensuous Woman Goes Disco TX111 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX112 No Way Back  album cover Adonis No Way Back TX112 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX113 I've Lost Control  album cover Sleezy D. I've Lost Control TX113 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX114 Free Yourself  album cover Virgo Free Yourself TX114 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX114 Free Yourself / Virgo Trax Again  album cover Virgo / Vincent Lawrence* Virgo / Vincent Lawrence* - Free Yourself / Virgo Trax Again(12") Trax Records, Trax Records TX114 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX115 Dum Dum Part Two  album cover Fresh (2) Dum Dum Part Two TX115 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX116 Give Your Self To Me  album cover The Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley* / The Rude Boy Farley Keith The Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley* / The Rude Boy Farley Keith - Give Your Self To Me TX116 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX117 The House Music Anthem  album cover Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem TX117 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX118 When You Hold Me  album cover Master C & J When You Hold Me TX118 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX118 Master C & J / Fresh (2) Master C & J / Fresh (2) - When You Hold Me / Dum Dum Part Two(12", MP, M/Print) Trax Records, Trax Records TX118 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX119 Thank Ya  album cover Sweet D Thank Ya TX119 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX120 We're Rocking Down The House  album cover Adonis We're Rocking Down The House TX120 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX121 Ride The Rhythm  album cover On The House With Marshall Jefferson On The House With Marshall Jefferson - Ride The Rhythm TX121 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX122 What Is House?  album cover Willie Wonka What Is House? TX122 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX124 Jackin' Me Around  album cover Farm Boy Jackin' Me Around TX124 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX125 Beat Me Till I Jack  album cover Fat Albert Beat Me Till I Jack TX125 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX126 Work The Box  album cover Santos (3) Work The Box TX126 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX127 Washing Machine  album cover Mr. Fingers Washing Machine TX127 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX128 House Beat Box  album cover Sampson "Butch" Moore House Beat Box TX128 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX129 The Jungle  album cover Jungle Wonz The Jungle TX129 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX130 Hey Rocky!  album cover Boris Badenough Hey Rocky!(12") Trax Records TX130 US 1986 Sell This Version
TX45-102 Hey Rocky! / Jackin' Me Around  album cover Boris Badenough / Farm Boy Boris Badenough / Farm Boy - Hey Rocky! / Jackin' Me Around(7", Single) Trax Records TX45-102 US 1986 Sell This Version
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
828 053-1 The "House" Sound Of Chicago Vol. 1 - Chicago Trax  album cover Various The "House" Sound Of Chicago Vol. 1 - Chicago Trax(LP, Comp, M/Print) London Records, London Records, Streetwise 828 053-1 Nigeria 1987 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
J TRAX 3 Jack Trax - The Third Album  album cover Various Jack Trax - The Third Album(2xLP, Album, Comp) Jack Trax, Jack Trax J TRAX 3 UK 1987 Sell This Version
LEFT C2 Rob Olson's Chicago Jack Beat Vol. Two - The House That Jack Built  album cover Various Rob Olson's Chicago Jack Beat Vol. Two - The House That Jack Built(Cass, Comp) Rhythm King Records, Rhythm King Records LEFT C2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
LEFT LP2 Rob Olson's Chicago Jackbeat Vol Two  album cover Various Rob Olson's Chicago Jackbeat Vol Two(LP, Comp) Rhythm King Records LEFT LP2 UK 1987 Sell This Version
LON 136 Do It Properly / No Way Back  album cover Adonis Do It Properly / No Way Back (Single) LON 136 UK 1987 Sell This Version
LONX 136 No Way Back / Do It Properly  album cover Adonis No Way Back / Do It Properly(12") London Records LONX 136 UK 1987 Sell This Version
none Trax Records Sampler  album cover Various Trax Records Sampler(Cass, Comp, Smplr) Trax Records none US 1987 Sell This Version
TX123 What You Deserve  album cover Radio Fashion What You Deserve(12") Trax Records TX123 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX131 Party People Jack Your Body  album cover Liddell Townsell* Party People Jack Your Body(12") Trax Records TX131 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX132 Housemaster  album cover Terry Baldwin Housemaster(12", MP, M/Print) Trax Records TX132 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX132 Bring Down The Walls  album cover Robert Owens Bring Down The Walls TX132 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX133 Housemaster  album cover Terry Baldwin Housemaster(12") Trax Records TX133 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX134 Move My Body  album cover 2 House People* Featuring Cynthia M 2 House People* Featuring Cynthia M - Move My Body(12") Trax Records TX134 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX135 Time Marches On  album cover Jungle Wonz Time Marches On TX135 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX136 Give Me Back The Love  album cover On The House Give Me Back The Love(12") Trax Records TX136 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX137 I Can't Forget  album cover Mr. Lee I Can't Forget TX137 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX138 Mystery Girl  album cover Mystery Mystery Girl TX138 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX139 Your Love  album cover Eric Bell Your Love TX139 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX140 Come To House  album cover Mr Lee* Come To House TX140 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX141 I'll Never Let You Go  album cover William S* I'll Never Let You Go TX141 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX142 Acid Tracks  album cover Phuture Acid Tracks TX142 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX144 Rock Steady  album cover Dalis Rock Steady TX144 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX145 Children Of The Night  album cover Kevin Irving Children Of The Night TX145 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX 146 Somewhere In West Hell / Fuck Charley  album cover Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl / Pleasure Zone Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl / Pleasure Zone - Somewhere In West Hell / Fuck Charley(12", W/Lbl) Trax Records, Trax Records TX 146 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX 146 Somewhere In West Hell  album cover Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl - Somewhere In West Hell(12") Trax Records TX 146 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX 147 Fuck Charley  album cover Pleasure Zone Fuck Charley(12") Trax Records TX 147 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX 148 Dance Doctor  album cover Doctor Derilict* Dance Doctor(12") Trax Records TX 148 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX 149 Don't Stop  album cover Dean Anderson Don't Stop(12") Trax Records TX 149 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX150 Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love  album cover Frankie Knuckles Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love TX150 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX150 Baby Wants To Ride / Bad Boy  album cover Frankie Knuckles Baby Wants To Ride / Bad Boy(12", MP, W/Lbl) Trax Records TX150 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX151 It's A Cold World  album cover Frankie Knuckles It's A Cold World TX151 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX152 Lost In The Groove  album cover Hercules Lost In The Groove TX152 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX153 Am A Dog  album cover Dancer Am A Dog TX153 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX156 House This House  album cover Mr. Lee House This House TX156 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX157 G. T. B.  album cover Pierre's Pfantasy Club G. T. B. TX157 US 1987 Sell This Version
TX5002 Chicago Trax - Volume 2  album cover Various Chicago Trax - Volume 2 (Comp) TX5002 US 1987 Sell This Version
T.X. 33-5001-43 Chicago Trax - Volume 1  album cover Various Chicago Trax - Volume 1(2xLP, Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records, BCM Records T.X. 33-5001-43 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
T.X. 33-5003-45 Chicago Trax Megamix  album cover Various Chicago Trax Megamix(LP, Mixed) BCM Records T.X. 33-5003-45 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
TX 33-6001-43 Chicago Trax - Volume 1  album cover Various Chicago Trax - Volume 1 (Comp) TX 33-6001-43 US 1987 Sell This Version
T.X. 50-5001-44 Chicago Trax (Volume 1)  album cover Various Chicago Trax (Volume 1)(CD, Comp) BCM Records, Trax Records T.X. 50-5001-44 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
TXC 5002 Chicago Trax - Volume 2  album cover Various Chicago Trax - Volume 2(Cass, Comp) Trax Records, Trax Records TXC 5002 US 1987 Sell This Version
UPFT 6 Upfront 6 - The Cat's Whiskers  album cover Various Upfront 6 - The Cat's Whiskers(LP, Comp) Serious Records (2) UPFT 6 UK 1987 Sell This Version
041 765 2 The Evil Acid Baron Show  album cover Various The Evil Acid Baron Show 041 765 2 Germany 1988 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
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
CDTRX001 We Call It Hallucinates  album cover Various We Call It Hallucinates(CD, Comp) Westside Records (2) CDTRX001 UK 1988 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
DRUG 1 Acid Trax  album cover Various Acid Trax(LP, Comp) Serious Records (2) DRUG 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DRUG 2 Acid Trax Volume 2  album cover Various Acid Trax Volume 2(2xLP, Album, Comp) Serious Records (2) DRUG 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DRUG 3 Acid Trax Volume 3  album cover Various Acid Trax Volume 3(2xLP, Comp) Needle Records DRUG 3 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DUIX 1 Acid Trax Megamix Volume 1  album cover Various Acid Trax Megamix Volume 1(LP, Album, Comp, Mixed) Serious Records (2) DUIX 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
HOHI 88 House Hits  album cover Various House Hits(2xLP, Comp) Needle Records HOHI 88 UK 1988 Sell This Version
hsea 9002 House Hallucinates Pump Up London Volume One  album cover Various House Hallucinates Pump Up London Volume One(2xLP, Comp, Gat) Breakout, Breakout hsea 9002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
hsec 9002 House Hallucinates Pump Up The World Volume One  album cover Various House Hallucinates Pump Up The World Volume One(Cass, Comp) Breakout, A&M Records hsec 9002 UK 1988 Sell This Version
HTRAX 2 House Trax 2  album cover Various House Trax 2(LP, Comp) Street Sounds HTRAX 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
LD 8823 House Hallucinates - Pump Up Europe  album cover Various House Hallucinates - Pump Up Europe(2xLP, Comp, Gat) LD Records LD 8823 Benelux 1988 Sell This Version

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raive27

raive27

June 4, 2020
Please, do not buy the re-issues in any case. Artists are not being paid : https://www.facebook.com/adonis303/posts/10156975337097115?hc_location=ufi

Shame on those guys
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).
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 14 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 14 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 15 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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