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