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5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of irony, 12 July 2012
This review is from: All Kinds of Highs: A Mainstream Pop-Psych Compendium 1966-70 (Audio CD)
Calling the label Mainstream was as far as it got re actually cracking it as this collection of musical failure demonstrates.The closest one of these bands came to the Hot 100 was to bubble under it (the Amboy Dukes)
Its a double CD which means over 50 songs and sounds are laid on you and becomes a case of spot the influences (which are in many cases British Invasion ones)
Like its predecessor A Pot Of Flowers and the Nuggets box sets this comes with sleeve notes from Alec Paola who is today an Ace consultant and has done impeccable research mainly for Ace's Big Beat label who specialise in garage and psychedelia.
In a previous life Paola played in pyschobilly bands like the Sting Rays,the Sneetches and the Charity Case
The main man behind the Mainstream label was Bob Shad who founded the Time and Br ent labels in the late 50s after producing jazz for Mercury and straight away there was a hit single by the Bell Notes called I've Had It and purchasing masters from regional labels like Correct-Tone where the Donays' Devil In His Heart came from (the song was covered by the Beatles as Devil In Her Heart)
These labels were the subject of a pair of CD called The Time/Brent Story and have been reviewed by me on here
The reason for all this musical failure was a case of radio programming and so many regional hits graduating to a Pick To Click.Deejays at the time weren't restricted to playlists and personal choices came into the equation.Listen blind to the 50 odd selections here-how many would grab you?
The irony here is that over 40 years later most of these titles ended up on EBay selling for daft money!
Especially if it had become known there was a name player in the lineup and one of the Underground was girl singer Kay Oslin who became a hit country star in the 80s as K T Oslin while the Amboy Dukes featured one Ted Nugent
Greatest name here is the Grammy Fones
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