Mainstream Records

Mainstream Records

Profile:
Label founded in 1964 by Bob Shad, who also ran the Sittin' In With, Jax, Jade, Shad and Time Records (3) labels. Mainstream issued many new recordings such as the first records by Janis Joplin and Ted Nugent, though also reissued many of the titles from the Shad and Time Records catalogs.
Among the titles reissued were the 10 titles in Earle Brown's Contemporary Sound Series, to which they added 8 more titles.
In the early 1990s, Bob Shad's daughter Tamara Shad revived the Mainstream label to reissue a number of the jazz and blues recordings from the label on CD. In 1993, Sony acquired a large portion of Mainstream's catalog for reissue.
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Mainstream Records, Inc.
1700 Broadway
N.Y. 10019
USA

(address not longer active)
[l37319]

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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1T1-8494 Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hometown Blues(Cass, Album, Mono, RM) Mainstream Records 1T1-8494 US 1993 Sell This Version
1T1-8497 Lightnin' Hopkins Sittin' In With(Cass, Album, Dol) Mainstream Records 1T1-8497 US 1993 Sell This Version
20EL 5004 Sarah Vaughan & The Jimmy Rowles Quintet Sarah Vaughan & The Jimmy Rowles Quintet - Sarah Vaughan & The Jimmy Rowles Quintet(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 20EL 5004 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
20EL5007 Carmen McRae Live At Sugar Hill San Francisco(LP, Album) Mainstream Records 20EL5007 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
379 Sarah Vaughan Feelin' Good(LP) Mainstream Records 379 Unknown Sell This Version
405 Carmen McRae Too Good / Love In Vain(7", Single) Mainstream Records 405 US Unknown Sell This Version
418 Black Blood (2) Black Blood(LP, Album) Mainstream Records 418 US 1975 Sell This Version
602 Morgana King When The World Was Young / Lazy Afternoon(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 602 US Unknown Sell This Version
606 Sylvia Copeland The Portuguese Washerwoman(7") Mainstream Records 606 US Unknown Sell This Version
609 Clea Bradford I Had A Ball/The Other Half Of Me(7", Single) Mainstream Records 609 1965 Sell This Version
610 Clark Terry And Bob Brookmeyer Quintet* Blindman, Blindman / Straight No Chaser 610 US Unknown Sell This Version
611 Ruth Brown On The Good Ship Lollipop / Hurry On Down(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 611 US 1965 Sell This Version
615 Orquesta Joe Cain Mambo Au Go Go / Chunga, Au Go Go, Chunga(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 615 US Unknown Sell This Version
616 Orquesta Joe Cain Que Paso / A Balar Guajira (7") Mainstream Records 616 US Unknown Sell This Version
623 Morgana King Try To Remember(7") Mainstream Records 623 US 1965 Sell This Version
624 The Manhattan Pops Orchestra John Kennedy / Stars And Stripes Forever(7", Single) Mainstream Records 624 US Unknown Sell This Version
626 The We Three Trio 'Till Next Summer(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 626 US 1965 Sell This Version
627 Clarence Hill A Lot Of Lovin' Goin' Round (Single) 627 US 1965 Sell This Version
628 The Golden Boys (7) Mira, Mira(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 628 US 1965 Sell This Version
631 The Patriots The Prophet / I'll Be There(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 631 US 1965 Sell This Version
633 John Barry King Rat March(7") Mainstream Records 633 US 1965 Sell This Version
635 Dennis Budimir The Creeper / What The World Needs Now(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 635 US Unknown Sell This Version
639 The Capes & Masks Orchestra* The Man From T.A.N.T.A. (The Ghost & Fantastic Woman Dance) / Agent 00008 Or Our Man From Section 8(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Mainstream Records 639 US 1966 Sell This Version
642 Clark Terry The Mumbler Strikes Again / Big Spender 642 US Unknown Sell This Version
645 Johnny Mandel Harper (Main Title)(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 645 US 1967 Sell This Version
647 Jerry Goldsmith Stagecoach Theme (I Will Follow)(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 647 US 1966 Sell This Version
648 The Brandywine Singers I Remember Well / I Will Follow(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 648 US 1966 Sell This Version
649 Milton* & Anne DeLugg Milton* & Anne DeLugg - Rise Robots, Rise(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 649 US 1966 Sell This Version
650 Carmen McRae Alfie(7") Mainstream Records 650 US 1966 Sell This Version
652 The New Dawn (2) If I Can't Have Your Love(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 652 US 1966 Sell This Version
653 The Unusuals (3) Summer Is Over / I Could Go On(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 653 US 1966 Sell This Version
654 Milton & Anne Delugg Think Tall / Deedle-Dee-Dum(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 654 US 1966 Sell This Version
655 Euphoria (17) Hungry Women(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 655 US 1966 Sell This Version
657 Big Brother & The Holding Company Blindman (Single) 657 US 1967 Sell This Version
658 The Loved Ones (2) Ever Lovin' Man(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 658 US 1966 Sell This Version
660 The Underground (9) Satisfy'n Sunday (Single) 660 US 1967 Sell This Version
661 Fever Tree Hey Mister (Single) 661 US 1967 Sell This Version
662 Big Brother And The Holding Company* Down On Me(7", Single) Mainstream Records 662 US 1967 Sell This Version
664 The New Dawn (2) Funny Feeling(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 664 US 1967 Sell This Version
665 Fever Tree Girl, Oh Girl (Don't Push Me) (Single) 665 US 1967 Sell This Version
666 Big Brother And The Holding Company* Bye, Bye Baby (Single) 666 US 1967 Sell This Version
667 The Underground (9) Get Him Out Of Your Mind / Take Me Back (7", Promo) Mainstream Records 667 US 1967 Sell This Version
668 Georgia Soul Twisters* You Shot Me (Through The Grease)(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 668 US 1967 Sell This Version
668 The Fabulous Georgia Soul Twisters You Shot Me (Through The Grease) / My Love Tonight(7", Single) Mainstream Records 668 US Unknown Sell This Version
669 Rudolph Taylor Doorsteps To Sorrow / Tell Him Tonight (Single) 669 US 1967 Sell This Version
670 Candy Shuman Surrender(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 670 US 1967 Sell This Version
671 The Fun And Games Commission* Today - Tomorrow (7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 671 US 1967 Sell This Version
672 The Superfine Dandelion People In The Street(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 672 US 1967 Sell This Version
673 The Jelly Bean Bandits Country Woman(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 673 US 1967 Sell This Version
673 The Superfine Dandelion Crazy Town (Move On Little Children)(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 673 US 1967 Sell This Version
674 The Jelly Bean Bandits Country Woman(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 674 US 1967 Sell This Version
675 Big Brother & The Holding Company Women Is Losers (Single) 675 US 1968 Sell This Version
676 The Amboy Dukes Baby Please Don't Go / Psalms Of Aftermath(7", Single) Mainstream Records 676 US 1968 Sell This Version
677 The Tiffany Shade Would You Take My Mind Out For A Walk(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 677 US 1968 Sell This Version
678 Big Brother & The Holding Company Coo Coo (Single) 678 US 1968 Sell This Version
680 The Tiffany Shade An Older Man(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 680 US 1968 Sell This Version
681 Bohemian Vendetta Riddles & Fairytales / I Wanna Touch Your Heart(7", Single) Mainstream Records 681 US 1968 Sell This Version
682 The Tangerine Zoo One More Heartache(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 682 US 1968 Sell This Version
682 The Tangerine Zoo One More Heartache(7") Mainstream Records 682 US 1968 Sell This Version
684 The Amboy Dukes Journey To The Center Of The Mind (Single) 684 US 1968 Sell This Version
685 The Growing Concern A Boy I Once Knew Well(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 685 US 1968 Sell This Version
686 Ellie Pop Seven North Frederick / Can't Be Love(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 686 US Unknown Sell This Version
687 The Art Of Lovin' You've Got The Power(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 687 US 1968 Sell This Version
689 The Wrongh Black Bag Wake Me, Shake Me (Single) 689 US 1968 Sell This Version
690 The Tangerine Zoo Like People(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 690 US 1968 Sell This Version
692 The Casuals Jesamine (A Butterfly Child)(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 692 US 1968 Sell This Version
693 The Amboy Dukes You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire(7", Single) Mainstream Records 693 US 1969 Sell This Version
693 ZTSP 143840 The Amboy Dukes You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 693 ZTSP 143840 US 1969 Sell This Version
694 The Stone Circus* What Went Wrong(7", Single) Mainstream Records 694 US 1969 Sell This Version
694 The Stone Circus* Mr. Grey(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 694 US 1969 Sell This Version
695 The Pebbles Forty Miles(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 695 US 1969 Sell This Version
696 The Scarlet Letter (3) Mary Maiden(7", Single) Mainstream Records 696 US 1969 Sell This Version
697 The British Casuals* Toy(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 697 US 1969 Sell This Version
699 Pete Jolly Little Bird(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 699 US 1969 Sell This Version
700 The Amboy Dukes Good Natured Emma(7", Promo, Single) Mainstream Records 700 US 1969 Sell This Version
701 The Yeomen (3) The Chains (That Set Me Free)(7", Promo, Single) Mainstream Records 701 US 1969 Sell This Version
702 The Devil's Brigade Hey Nonnie Na(7", Single) Mainstream Records 702 US 1969 Sell This Version
704 The Amboy Dukes For His Namesake / Loaded For Bear 704 US 1969 Sell This Version
705 Life 'N' Soul Here Comes Yesterday Again (Single) 705 US 1969 Sell This Version
706 The Last Nikle She's The One(7", Mono, Promo) Mainstream Records 706 US 1969 Sell This Version
707 The British Casuals* Fool's Paradise(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 707 US 1969 Sell This Version
710 Los Iberos Summertime Girl(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 710 US 1969 Sell This Version
711 The Amboy Dukes Flight Of The Byrd(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 711 US Unknown Sell This Version
713 The Jackey Beavers Show* We're Not Too Young To Fall In Love(7") Mainstream Records 713 US Unknown Sell This Version
714 Maxx (10) 200 Years(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 714 US 1969 Sell This Version
715 Lenny McDaniel And The Last Nikle* Groove On What You’re Doin’(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 715 US Unknown Sell This Version
716 The Yeomen (3) My Girl Full Of Happiness(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 716 US 1969 Sell This Version
717 L.J. Reynolds* Call On Me(7", Single) Mainstream Records 717 US 1970 Sell This Version
718 Jeany Reynolds* Please Don't Set Me Free (Single) 718 US 1970 Sell This Version
720 The Preparations (2) (I Don't Want) Nobody But You Girl (Single) 720 US 1970 Sell This Version
722 Lincoln St. Exit Soulful Drifter (Single) 722 US Unknown Sell This Version
725 Josephus* Jimmy Jimmy (Single) 725 US 1970 Sell This Version
725 Josephus* Jimmy Jimmy(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 725 US 1970 Sell This Version
726 Future Shock (11) It's Too Late (Single) 726 US 1970 Sell This Version
727 Lion (20) Natural Man(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 727 US 1970 Sell This Version
5514 Charles McPherson Serenity / Have You Seen Her(7", Single) Mainstream Records 5514 US Unknown Sell This Version
5532 Charles Kynard Your Mama Don't Dance(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 5532 US Unknown Sell This Version
6015 Morgana King With A Taste Of Honey(LP) Mainstream Records 6015 US 1964 Sell This Version
6035 Charles Brown Ballads My Way(LP, Album, Mono) Mainstream Records 6035 Canada 1965 Sell This Version
54001 Milton* & Anne DeLugg Milton* & Anne DeLugg - Gulliver's Travels Beyond The Moon(LP, Album, Mono) Mainstream Records 54001 US 1966 Sell This Version

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shoestringrecords

April 15, 2013
Mainstream Records is a prime example of a label that had several incarnations, each one as different as the next. Formed in 1964 by Bob Shad, it primarily released jazz and soundtrack LP's, with a emphasis on jazz vocal artists like Morgana King and Billie Holiday. Fast-forward a few years to 1966, and, in a 360 spin, the label begins signing what seems to be every unsigned rock band, and thus letting each one record an LP - this is quite different than most major labels at the time, which preferred to have bands record 45's first, and then, if the 45's were successful, record an LP. Remember, just a few years ago rock n' roll LP's were mainly reasons to compile previously released 45's, with the odd outtake or two stuck in for good measure. (this is not to say the most of the majors didn't sign hundreds of groups, and let them release an LP or two - what makes Mainstream different is the volume of LP's released by seemingly unknown bands in a short amount of time (from '66 to about '70).

As mentioned above, for psych and garage fans, the period of '66 to '70 is considered the prime era of the label, releasing LP's by such bands as Bohemian Vendetta, Lincoln St. Exit, The Art of Lovin', Ellie Pop, The Tangerine Zoo, The Orient Express and The Last Nikle, as well as the V/A comp of recently signed bands "A Pot of Flowers" (some of which, like Harbinger Complex, only got to release a 45 on the label, never recording an LP). Only two groups signed during this time achieved any real success in the sales department: Big Brother & the Holding Company and the Amboy Dukes (ironically, both of these acts would eventually leave the label, Big Brother quickly, while the Amboy Dukes stuck it out for several LP's before signing to Polydor).

Now we get into Phase III: the funk era. By the early 1970s, the labels was releasing fewer rock/psych LP's, and focusing on funk/soul and jazz LP's and 45's, releasing records by Black Blood, Lenny Welch, Afrique, the Chubukos and others, as well as new recordings by Sarah Vaughan, and reissuing jazz LP's originally released on Time Records, one of Shad's earlier labels.

Sometime in the mid to late 70's the label folded, and remained dormant until the 1990s, when jazz titles began to be reissued on CD. Thankfully, in 1993, Sony acquired much of Mainstream's back catalog, and we now have excellent reissues of many of the psych & rock LP's mentioned above.

One final word: in the late 90's / early 00's, identical reissues of many of the psych LP's hit the market; some of these were pressed on color vinyl, while others on standard black vinyl. It's easy to spot a re (read: counterfeit), as the jackets are MUCH thicker than the OG releases, and look too white and crisp - thankfully, many have stickers indicating they are not the OG pressing, but a reissue. Still, if you see a sealed Mainstream LP in a record store, or for sale on Discogs for something like 14.99 or 19.99, pretty much assume it's a counterfeit reissue, and NOT a sealed OG.