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All Kinds of Highs: A Mainstream Pop-Psych Compendium 1966-70

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Big Beat / Ace
  • ASIN: B0081OAVAG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MIND - The Amboy Dukes
  2. FOR A MOMENT - The Orient Express
  3. SATURDAY NIGHT - The Country Gentlemen
  4. MR GREY - The Stone Circus
  5. CAUGHT IN THE RAIN - Ellie Pop
  6. NATURE S CHILDREN - The Tangerine Zoo
  7. GIRL, OH GIRL (DON T PUSH ME) - Fever Tree
  8. AN OLDER MAN - The Tiffany Shade
  9. PLEASE COME HOME - The Six Pentz
  10. RIDDLES & FAIRYTALES - The Bohemian Vendetta
  11. GET HIM OUT OF YOUR MIND - The Underground
  12. YOU LL WALK AWAY - The Art Of Lovin
  13. NOW HE S HERE - The Grammy Fones
  14. GENERATION - The Jelly Bean Bandits
  15. CRAZY TOWN (MOVE ON LITTLE CHILDREN) - The Superfine Dandelion
  16. TWENTY LIGHT YEARS AWAY - The Orphans
  17. EDGE OF TIME - The Growing Concern
  18. SOMEONE MUST HAVE LIED - The Fun & Games Commission
  19. CAN T YOU SEE - The Tangerine Zoo
  20. I DON T KNOW WHY - The Wrongh Black Bag
  21. EASY - The Underground
  22. ONE GOOD REASON - The Tiffany Shade
  23. TIMEKEEPER - The Scarlet Letter
  24. YOU VE GOT THE POWER - The Art Of Lovin
  25. CAN T BE LOVE - Ellie Pop
  26. TAPESTRIES - The Jelly Bean Bandits

Disc: 2

  1. I CAN BEAT YOUR DRUM - Fever Tree
  2. TRIP TO THE ZOO - The Tangerine Zoo
  3. SEVEN NORTH FREDERICK - Ellie Pop
  4. GOOD TIMES - The Art Of Lovin
  5. A QUIET REVOLUTION - The Tiffany Shade
  6. MARY MAIDEN - The Scarlet Letter
  7. ALL KINDS OF HIGHS - The Bohemian Vendetta
  8. BABY PLEASE DON T GO - The Amboy Dukes
  9. TAKE ME BACK - The Underground
  10. IMITATION SITUATION ( 4/4-6/8 TIME ) - The Six Pentz
  11. YOU RE A DRAG - The Off-Set
  12. SIT DOWN I THINK I LOVE YOU - The Growing Concern
  13. NEON RIVER - The Jelly Bean Bandits
  14. A LITTLE STAR - The Orient Express
  15. ANOTHER MORNING - The Tangerine Zoo
  16. SARA WELLS - The Stone Circus
  17. DAY AND NIGHT - The Superfine Dandelion
  18. SATISFYIN SUNDAY - The Underground
  19. PAUL S CIRCUS - The Art Of Lovin
  20. TODAY - TOMORROW - The Fun & Games Commission
  21. ALL I REALLY WANT - The Growing Concern
  22. SUNNY DAYS (AND GOOD GOOD LOVING) - Paraphernalia
  23. WOULD YOU TAKE MY MIND OUT FOR A WALK - The Tiffany Shade
  24. 200 YEARS - Maxx
  25. TINKLE TALK - The Sixpentz
  26. I NEED YOUR LOVIN - Freeport

Product Description

Mainstream Records notable dalliance with psychedelic rock and pop is celebrated in exhaustive fashion with Big Beat s 2CD set All Kinds Of Highs: A Mainstream Pop-Psych Compendium 1966-1970 . Though best-known as a jazz and soundtrack label, in the late 1960s head honcho Bob Shad dove into the rock market with a vengeance, conducting a remarkable and seemingly never-ending A&R odyssey across America in search of talent. Only a couple of the several dozen acts Shad signed at the time, such as the Amboy Dukes, would ever see chart success, but Mainstream's efforts by the likes of the Tiffany Shade, Jelly Bean Bandits, Orient Express and Tangerine Zoo are now coveted collector artefacts. All Kinds of Highs selects the best cuts from the cream of the psychedelic pop albums in the catalogue, and adds appropriate singles-only tracks from Mainstream and associated label Brent. Complete with extensive notes detailing its contents, All Kinds Of Highs is a rich pot-pourri of psychedelic pop, garage rock and heavy duty freakiness from this fascinating imprint. Compilation and note by Alec Palao.

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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b965cb4) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d3a3f18) out of 5 stars Mainstream's Magic 28 July 2012
By Music Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A great listening CD of the music and magic of groups signed to the Mainstream Record label. The noted standouts, groups like the favorite Amboy Dukes, The Jelly Bean Bandits and The Tangereen Zoo, are well represented with their monster garage hits that have been woven thru collectors fabrics for decades, however, the rest of the Manistream stable hold their own quite favorably on this 2-disc collection. Most of the bands presented have long since faded into musical abyss, but the music they made has always found its way into popular compliations and this collection has them all. If your a serious collector, or just a fan of the 1960's - 70's Mainstream magic, this is for you!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b989a80) out of 5 stars TREASURE TROVE OF 60's POP-PSYCH! 13 Nov. 2013
By Smrz - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent compilation contains 2 cd's. The first cd contains 26 tracks with a duration of 77 minutes, while the 2nd cd contains 26 tracks with a duration of almost 70 minutes. Along with the cd's, you also receive a very well annotated 28 page booklet written by Mr. Alec Palao, which contains many rare photos & pictures of both the recording artists, as well as pics of the 45's and L.P.'s in this very fine collection. When one remembers the Mainstream record label, you can usually recall that just The Amboy Dukes and Big Brother and The Holding Company led by famed vocalist Janis Joplin, recorded on that label. In fact, Big Brother only recorded their first L.P. on the Mainstream label before they moved to Columbia Records. Well, this collection reveals a large amount of other very fine groups who recorded for the Mainstream Label. This collection contains the strongest album tracks, some very good singles-only cuts, and some rare mono mixes and unreleased material, which together form a rich potpourri of Psychedelic Pop, Garage-Rock and overall some heavy-duty freakiness. Some of the other groups who stand-out in this collection are Fever Tree, The Jelly Bean Bandits, The Tangerine Zoo, The Tiffany Shade, The Stone Circus, The Bohemian Vendetta, The Orphans, The Art Of Lovin', The Sixpentz. Freeport, and Maxx. All 52 tracks in this collection are at least good with the majority being very good to excellent! If you were to try to track down the songs in this collection, you would be very fortunate to find them. If you Were able to, you would be dishing out at least several Thousand Dollars! Some tunes are flat-out psychedelic, while many of the others start out as more pop-orientated, but in the middle of the tune you will hear a fuzz-drenched guitar solo, or some swirling organ sound right out of 1968. The remastered sound of these tunes is excellent and it sounds like they were taken from the original analog masters, which only adds to the excellent sound. All-In-All, any fan of 60's Pop-Psych will find this collection a true delight! MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! SMRZ!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba1e7bc) out of 5 stars Terrific PSYCH-POP comp with excellent audio quality! :) 17 May 2014
By Blind man Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to pipe in here, though the other reviewers and item description nail this offering pretty well. I just want to say that the songs are very tight (executed with precision) and excellently produced! Bob Shad, a scout for the Mainstream label, had a great ear for talent! Perhaps these performers were too good and ahead of their time. The item description describes the music here as "a rich potpourri of psychedelic pop, garage rock and heavy duty freakiness." An apt description for sure, but everything here is very listenable with groovy rhythms and melodies! Lastly, in an era when buying CDs can be a real gamble in terms of audio quality, you'll be a winner as it is obvious these recordings are sourced from nicely preserved master tapes, and extreme care was taken in digitizing them. Excessive audio compression was not noticed by my ears, and I'm usually the first to complain about overly loud CDs. There are monaural and stereophonic recordings here, and they all sound terrific! This is a super collection for anyone into psych pop from perhaps the best, and certainly the grooviest era in recording history! Turn it up and enjoy your trip! :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c003fcc) out of 5 stars And all kinds of lows... 8 Aug. 2014
By Brian J. Mcmahon - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't say a must-have but definitely a good show-case of the East Coast trying to cash in on the Hippie Vibe. Quite a variety here, some good, some bad, mostly mediocre. Various artists.
HASH(0x9c003fe4) out of 5 stars Great psych-pop compilation 14 Mar. 2016
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Excellent psych-pop in fantastic sound quality make this a must-have for psych fans, and in fact it's worth getting the complete albums of half a dozen of these bands.
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