Mainstream Records

Mainstream Records

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Also appears as "Mainstream" only.
Label founded in 1964 by Bob Shad, who also ran the Sittin' In With, Jax (3), Jade, Shad, Brent 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.

Early Mainstream releases used the catalog number system 5#### for Mono releases and S/#### for Stereo releases.

In 1970 Shad struck up a partnership with a Florida production company, Red Lion Productions, and relaunched the label with a new look (branded as A Red Lion Production) and new catalog numbering system with a return to focus on jazz. Mainstream also continued to reissue material from its old catalog as well as releasing new material targeted at fans of fusion and jazz-funk.

In late 1976 Shad licensed the Time and Mainstream catalog and 96 masters to Audiofidelity Enterprises, Inc. AFE sub-licensed the masters to Roulette Records, Inc. who had licensed other masters directly from Shad the same year - any release with rim text "Distributed By Roulette Records, Inc." is a reissue from 1977 or later made with these masters. Shad also consigned his inventory of 190,000 unsold copies of Time and Mainstream releases to Roulette in 1977. These copies are identified by the orange circular "Distributed by Roulette Records" stickers affixed to covers.

Bob Shad retired and closed Mainstream Records, Inc. in 1978. In the early 1990s, 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. In the early 2000s the Shad family purchased back the label and catalogue under Time / Mainstream Records Group, headed by Shad's granddaughter Mia Apatow.
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Contact Info:
Time / Mainstream Records Group
Manhattan Beach, CA
USA

Mainstream Records, Inc.
1700 Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10019
USA
Tel: (212) 247-0655
(contact info 1969 to 1978 - now obsolete)

Time-Mainstream Records
101 West 57th
New York, N.Y. 10019
USA
Tel: (212) 247-0655
(contact info up to 1969 - now obsolete)
Sites:
[l37319]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1T1-8494 Hometown Blues  album cover Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Hometown Blues(Cass, Album, Mono, RM) Mainstream Records 1T1-8494 US 1993 Sell This Version
1T1-8497 Sittin' In With  album cover Lightnin' Hopkins Sittin' In With(Cass, Album, Dol) Mainstream Records 1T1-8497 US 1993 Sell This Version
7N 25680 I'll Never Be The Same  album cover Chapter Three I'll Never Be The Same(7", Single, Sol) Pye International 7N 25680 UK 1975 Sell This Version
20EL5003 More Sarah Vaughan From Japan Live  album cover Sarah Vaughan More Sarah Vaughan From Japan Live(LP, Album) Mainstream Records 20EL5003 Japan 1975 Sell This Version
20EL 5004 Sarah Vaughan & The Jimmy Rowles Quintet  album cover 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
20EL5006 Send In The Clowns  album cover Sarah Vaughan Send In The Clowns(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 20EL5006 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
20EL5007 Live At Sugar Hill San Francisco  album cover Carmen McRae Live At Sugar Hill San Francisco(LP, Album) Mainstream Records 20EL5007 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20EL5008 Woman Talk (Live At The Village Gate)  album cover Carmen McRae Woman Talk (Live At The Village Gate)(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 20EL5008 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20EL5009 "Live" & Wailing  album cover Carmen McRae "Live" & Wailing(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 20EL5009 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
20EL5010 Live And Doin' It  album cover Carmen McRae Live And Doin' It(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 20EL5010 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
22AP 133 Send In The Clowns  album cover Sarah Vaughan Send In The Clowns(LP, Album) Mainstream Records 22AP 133 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
22AP 135 Two Jims And Zoot  album cover Jimmy Raney Two Jims And Zoot(LP, RE) Mainstream Records, CBS/Sony 22AP 135 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
22AP 142 In Person/San Francisco = イン・パースン  album cover カーメン・マックレー* In Person/San Francisco = イン・パースン(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 22AP 142 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
25AP-9 The Blues Roar  album cover Maynard Ferguson The Blues Roar(LP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records 25AP-9 Japan 1976 Sell This Version
32ED5010 Woman Talk (Live At The Village Gate)  album cover Carmen McRae Woman Talk (Live At The Village Gate)(CD, Album, RE) Century, Mainstream Records 32ED5010 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
35EL5001 "Live" In Japan  album cover Sarah Vaughan "Live" In Japan(2xLP, Album, RE) Mainstream Records, Century 35EL5001 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
45S-347-MS The Girl From Ipanema / Desafinado  album cover Skitch Henderson & His Orchestra The Girl From Ipanema / Desafinado(7", Single) Mainstream Records 45S-347-MS Japan 1968 Sell This Version
60ED5003 "Live" In Japan  album cover Sarah Vaughan "Live" In Japan(2xCD, Album, RE) Mainstream Records, Century 60ED5003 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
379 Feelin' Good  album cover Sarah Vaughan Feelin' Good(LP) Mainstream Records 379 Unknown Sell This Version
418 Black Blood  album cover Black Blood (2) Black Blood(LP, Album) Mainstream Records 418 US 1975 Sell This Version
600 A Taste Of Honey - Corcavado  album cover Morgana King A Taste Of Honey - Corcavado(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 600 USA & Canada Unknown Sell This Version
601 The House Of The Rising Sun  album cover Gene Ludwig Organ Trio* The House Of The Rising Sun(7") Mainstream Records 601 US Unknown Sell This Version
602 When The World Was Young / Lazy Afternoon  album cover Morgana King When The World Was Young / Lazy Afternoon(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 602 US 1964 Sell This Version
603 People  album cover Maynard Ferguson People(7") Mainstream Records 603 US 1964 Sell This Version
605 Too Good / Love In Vain  album cover Carmen McRae Too Good / Love In Vain (Single) 605 US Unknown Sell This Version
606 The Portuguese Washerwoman  album cover Sylvia Copeland The Portuguese Washerwoman(7") Mainstream Records 606 US 1964 Sell This Version
607 Pledging My Love / Tomorrow Night  album cover Charles Brown Pledging My Love / Tomorrow Night(7", Single) Mainstream Records 607 US 1964 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 Blindman, Blindman / Straight No Chaser  album cover Clark Terry And Bob Brookmeyer Quintet* Blindman, Blindman / Straight No Chaser 610 US Unknown Sell This Version
611 On The Good Ship Lollipop / Hurry On Down  album cover Ruth Brown On The Good Ship Lollipop / Hurry On Down (Single) 611 US 1965 Sell This Version
614 Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow  album cover Billie Holiday Strange Fruit / Fine And Mellow (Single) 614 US 1965 Sell This Version
615 Mambo Au Go Go / Chunga, Au Go Go, Chunga  album cover Orquesta Joe Cain Mambo Au Go Go / Chunga, Au Go Go, Chunga(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 615 US Unknown Sell This Version
615 / S5KM 2358 Mambo Au Go Go  album cover Orquesta Joe Cain Mambo Au Go Go(7") Mainstream Records 615 / S5KM 2358 US 1965 Sell This Version
616 Que Paso / A Balar Guajira  album cover Orquesta Joe Cain Que Paso / A Balar Guajira(7") Mainstream Records 616 US Unknown Sell This Version
617 Haven't We Met? / Smirnoff Mule  album cover Carmen McRae Haven't We Met? / Smirnoff Mule(7") Mainstream Records 617 US 1965 Sell This Version
619 Graduation Time  album cover The We Three Trio Graduation Time(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 619 US Unknown Sell This Version
620 Name Game / Miranda-My Love  album cover The Dick Hazard Orchestra* Name Game / Miranda-My Love(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 620 US 1965 Sell This Version
621 That's How It Goes b/w It's the Thought That Counts  album cover Jackie & Gayle That's How It Goes b/w It's the Thought That Counts(7", Single, Mono) Mainstream Records 621 US 1965 Sell This Version
621 That's How It Goes  album cover Jackie & Gayle That's How It Goes(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 621 US Unknown Sell This Version
623 Try To Remember  album cover Morgana King Try To Remember 623 US 1965 Sell This Version
624 John Kennedy / Stars And Stripes Forever  album cover The Manhattan Pops Orchestra John Kennedy / Stars And Stripes Forever (Single) 624 US 1965 Sell This Version
625 Girl Of My Dreams / Glow Worm  album cover Jimmy Ricks (2) Girl Of My Dreams / Glow Worm (Single) 625 US 1965 Sell This Version
626 'Till Next Summer  album cover The We Three Trio 'Till Next Summer(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 626 US 1965 Sell This Version
627 A Lot Of Lovin' Goin' Round  album cover Clarence Hill A Lot Of Lovin' Goin' Round (Single) 627 US 1965 Sell This Version
628 Mira, Mira  album cover The Golden Boys (3) Mira, Mira (Single) 628 US 1965 Sell This Version
629 I Wanna Make You Happy / Mama's Good Girl  album cover Jackie & Gayle I Wanna Make You Happy / Mama's Good Girl(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 629 US 1965 Sell This Version
631 The Prophet / I'll Be There  album cover The Patriots The Prophet / I'll Be There (Single) 631 US 1965 Sell This Version
632 Cotton Picker Bill / Country Boy  album cover Mike Daisy* Cotton Picker Bill / Country Boy(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 632 US 1965 Sell This Version
633 King Rat March  album cover John Barry King Rat March(7") Mainstream Records 633 US 1965 Sell This Version
635 The Creeper / What The World Needs Now Is Love  album cover Dennis Budimir The Creeper / What The World Needs Now Is Love(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 635 US Unknown Sell This Version
636 Juliet's Theme (Amore Per Tutti) / Shining Faces (Faccette Scintillanti)  album cover Nino Rota, Carlo Savina Nino Rota, Carlo Savina - Juliet's Theme (Amore Per Tutti) / Shining Faces (Faccette Scintillanti) 636 US 1965 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
640 A Patch Of Blue / Stringin' Beads  album cover Bill Brown Singers* A Patch Of Blue / Stringin' Beads(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 640 US Unknown Sell This Version
641 Stop The World, I've Lost My Yo-Yo  album cover The Brandywine Singers Stop The World, I've Lost My Yo-Yo(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 641 US Unknown Sell This Version
642 The Mumbler Strikes Again / Big Spender  album cover Clark Terry The Mumbler Strikes Again / Big Spender 642 US Unknown Sell This Version
643 Sure As You're Born  album cover Sam Fletcher Sure As You're Born(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 643 US 1966 Sell This Version
644 Trouble With Angels / Rachel Says Goodbye  album cover The Devils (6) / Jerry Goldsmith The Devils (6) / Jerry Goldsmith - Trouble With Angels / Rachel Says Goodbye 644 US 1966 Sell This Version
645 Quietly There / Harper (Main Title)  album cover Ruth Price / Johnny Mandel Ruth Price / Johnny Mandel - Quietly There / Harper (Main Title)(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 645 US 1966 Sell This Version
647 Jerry Goldsmith Stagecoach Theme (I Will Follow)(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 647 US 1966 Sell This Version
648 I Remember Well / I Will Follow  album cover The Brandywine Singers I Remember Well / I Will Follow(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 648 US 1966 Sell This Version
649 Rise Robots, Rise  album cover Milton* & Anne DeLugg Milton* & Anne DeLugg - Rise Robots, Rise 649 US 1966 Sell This Version
650 Alfie  album cover Carmen McRae Alfie 650 US 1966 Sell This Version
652 The New Dawn (2) If I Can't Have Your Love (Single) 652 US 1966 Sell This Version
653 Summer Is Over / I Could Go On  album cover The Unusuals (3) Summer Is Over / I Could Go On(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 653 US 1966 Sell This Version
654 Think Tall / Deedle-Dee-Dum  album cover Anne Delugg & Milton DeLugg Anne Delugg & Milton DeLugg - Think Tall / Deedle-Dee-Dum(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 654 US 1966 Sell This Version
655 Hungry Women  album cover Euphoria (17) Hungry Women(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 655 US 1966 Sell This Version
657 Blindman  album cover Big Brother & The Holding Company Blindman (Single) 657 US 1967 Sell This Version
658 Ever Lovin' Man  album cover The Loved Ones (2) Ever Lovin' Man(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 658 US 1966 Sell This Version
659 Baby Dear / Wind Dream  album cover The Wildflower Baby Dear / Wind Dream(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 659 US 1967 Sell This Version
660 Satisfy'n Sunday  album cover The Underground (9) Satisfy'n Sunday (Single) 660 US 1967 Sell This Version
661 Hey Mister  album cover Fever Tree Hey Mister (Single) 661 US 1967 Sell This Version
662 Down On Me  album cover Big Brother And The Holding Company* Down On Me (Single) 662 US 1967 Sell This Version
664 Funny Feeling  album cover The New Dawn (2) Funny Feeling(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 664 US 1967 Sell This Version
665 Girl, Oh Girl (Don't Push Me)  album cover Fever Tree Girl, Oh Girl (Don't Push Me) (Single) 665 US 1967 Sell This Version
666 Bye, Bye Baby  album cover Big Brother And The Holding Company* Bye, Bye Baby (Single) 666 US 1967 Sell This Version
667 Get Him Out Of Your Mind / Take Me Back   album cover The Underground (9) Get Him Out Of Your Mind / Take Me Back (7", Promo) Mainstream Records 667 US 1967 Sell This Version
668 You Shot Me (Through The Grease) / My Love Tonight  album cover The Fabulous Georgia Soul Twisters You Shot Me (Through The Grease) / My Love Tonight (Single) 668 US 1967 Sell This Version
669 Doorsteps To Sorrow / Tell Him Tonight	    album cover Rudolph Taylor Doorsteps To Sorrow / Tell Him Tonight (Single) 669 US 1967 Sell This Version
670 Surrender / Hard Luck Blues  album cover Candy Shuman Surrender / Hard Luck Blues (Single) 670 US 1967 Sell This Version
671 Today - Tomorrow / Someone Must Have Lied (To You)  album cover The Fun And Games Commission* Today - Tomorrow / Someone Must Have Lied (To You) (Single) 671 US 1967 Sell This Version
672 People In The Street  album cover The Superfine Dandelion People In The Street(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 672 US 1967 Sell This Version
673 Country Woman  album cover The Jelly Bean Bandits Country Woman(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 673 US 1967 Sell This Version
673 Crazy Town (Move On Little Children)  album cover The Superfine Dandelion Crazy Town (Move On Little Children)(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 673 US 1967 Sell This Version
674 Country Woman  album cover The Jelly Bean Bandits Country Woman(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 674 US 1967 Sell This Version
675 Women Is Losers  album cover Big Brother & The Holding Company Women Is Losers (Single) 675 US 1968 Sell This Version
676 Baby Please Don't Go / Psalms Of Aftermath  album cover The Amboy Dukes Baby Please Don't Go / Psalms Of Aftermath (Single) 676 US 1968 Sell This Version
677 Would You Take My Mind Out For A Walk  album cover The Tiffany Shade Would You Take My Mind Out For A Walk(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 677 US 1968 Sell This Version
678 Coo Coo  album cover Big Brother And The Holding Company* Coo Coo (Single) 678 US 1968 Sell This Version
680 An Older Man  album cover The Tiffany Shade An Older Man (Single) 680 US 1968 Sell This Version
681 Riddles & Fairytales / I Wanna Touch Your Heart  album cover Bohemian Vendetta Riddles & Fairytales / I Wanna Touch Your Heart(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 681 US 1968 Sell This Version
682 One More Heartache  album cover The Tangerine Zoo One More Heartache 682 US 1968 Sell This Version
684 Journey To The Center Of The Mind  album cover The Amboy Dukes Journey To The Center Of The Mind (Single) 684 US 1968 Sell This Version
685 A Boy I Once Knew Well  album cover The Growing Concern A Boy I Once Knew Well(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 685 US 1968 Sell This Version
686 Seven North Frederick / Can't Be Love  album cover Ellie Pop Seven North Frederick / Can't Be Love 686 US 1968 Sell This Version
687 You've Got The Power  album cover The Art Of Lovin' You've Got The Power(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 687 US 1968 Sell This Version
688 Clap Your Hands  album cover The Beau-Marks* Clap Your Hands(7", Single, Promo) Mainstream Records 688 US 1968 Sell This Version
689 Wake Me, Shake Me  album cover The Wrongh Black Bag Wake Me, Shake Me (Single) 689 US 1968 Sell This Version
690 Like People  album cover The Tangerine Zoo Like People(7", Promo) Mainstream Records 690 US 1968 Sell This Version
691 Outside Woman Blues  album cover The Scarlet Letter (3) Outside Woman Blues (Single) 691 US 1968 Sell This Version
692 Jesamine (A Butterfly Child)  album cover The Casuals Jesamine (A Butterfly Child) 692 US 1968 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.