Mainstream Funk: Double Vinyl LP
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Mainstream Funk: Double Vinyl LP

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Label: wewantsounds
Release Date: 28th January

An insane collection of hard funk, spiritual jazz and soul from cult New York label Mainstream Funk. A comp of two halves documented the labels early psychedelic soul funk releases and then their move to a jazz focused label. 

For those who dig: ridiculous jazz players, independent jazz labels of the 60s and 70s like Strata East, Black Jazz, Black Fire...

Wewantsounds continues its collaboration with Bob Shad's venerable
jazz label Mainstream Records, and present a selection of 12 turntable friendly
tracks recorded between 1971 and 1975 and showcasing the
label's superb blend of Spiritual Jazz, Funk and Soul by the likes of Buddy
Terry, Sarah Vaughan, LaMont Johnson and Johnny Coles.

Most of the tracks are released on vinyl for the first time since their original
release in the early 70s. The 2-LP set comes with gatefold sleeve featuring never
seen photos from the Mainstream vaults and new liner notes by UK journalist
Paul Bowler.

Mainstream Records is one of the key independent jazz labels of the early 70s,
together with Flying Dutchman, Strata East, CTI and Black Jazz. Founded by
legendary label man Bob Shad (who had been head of A&R at Mercury Records
and set EmArcy in the 50s), the label concentrated on Psychedelia in the 60s
before switching back to Shad's jazz roots in the early 70s, signing a new crop of
jazzmen fed on John Coltrane and Miles' electric experiments. Thus was born the
cult Mainstream "300 series" with its distinctive artwork and outstanding music
from which this selection is largely drawn.

Giving a chance to many young jazz players and a few old friends, Shad recorded
some of the most exciting jazz of the early 70s, mixing spiritual influences with
funk and soul. Mainstream Records has a lot more exciting music in the vaults
and 'Mainstream Funk' is just the tip of the iceberg serving as a timely reminder
that Bob Shad's taste as a producer and A&R man was one of the finest on the

1. Sarah Vaughan - Inner City Blues
2. Buddy Terry - Quiet Afternoon
3. Blue Mitchell - Last Tango In Paris
4. LaMont Johnson - M'Bassa
5. Prophecy - Betcha Can't Guess My Sign
6. Dave Hubbard - Family Affair
7. Sugar Billy - Super Duper Love Pt. 1
8. John White - Right Off
9. Mike Longo - Matrix
10. Barry Miles - Little Heart of Pieces
11. Johnny Coles - Betty's Bossa
12. Pete Yellin - It's The Right Thing

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