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

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


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Though the Mainstream record label is best known for its jazz, blues, and soundtrack releases, in the late '60s its founder, Bob Shad, explored the rock world to search for new talent. His first rock band signing, Big Brother and the Holding Company, released their debut album on the label, only to have their contract sold to Columbia as Janis Joplin's star began to rise, but dozens of likeminded artists waited in the wings. All Kinds of Highs: A Mainstream Pop-Psych Compendium 1966-70 collects the best cuts from the psychedelic pop catalog of Mainstream (and related label Brent), offering a heady hodgepodge of vintage sounds and crafting an immersive experience by using original mono mixes where available, and including extensive liner notes. Where the similar compilation With Love: A Pot of Flowers focused on Mainstream's west coast-based signees, All Kinds of Highs tackles the rest of the country, pulling two to four songs apiece from about a dozen artists. Most familiar are Detroit acid rockers the Amboy Dukes -- featuring a young Ted Nugent as guitarist -- who offer their consciousness-heightening break-out hit "Journey to the Center of the Mind" and a fiery take on Big Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go," plus Houston band Fever Tree, with the pre-"San Francisco Girls" orchestral, Baroque-influenced singles "Girl, Oh Girl (Don't Push Me)" and "I Can Beat Your Drum." Record hunters will also note three tracks featuring the sweeping harmonies and deft guitar work of Chicago-centric group Growing Concern, as well as selections by Cleveland-based, England-influenced psych rockers the Tiffany Shade, and upstate New York wildmen the Jelly Bean Bandits. And don't count out the virtually unknown bands appearing here: West Haven, Connecticut's the Wrongh Black Bag (sic) serve up a tight slab of garage rock featuring soaring vocals by Christine Bernardoni (aka Christine Ohlman, who would become lead singer of the Saturday Night Live Band decades later); Paraphernalia stretches out in the grass with the fantasy-like "Sunny Days (And Good Good Living)," and the Underground refresh with their breezy folk-rock. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2012
Label: Big Beat Uk
UPC: 0029667430623
catalogNumber: 6743062
Rank: 63963

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Technical Credits

Big Joe Williams   Composer
Eric Carmen   Composer
Ted Nugent   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Ray Thomas   Composer
Rob Landes   Composer
Robert Benevides   Composer
Mike Collins   Composer
Jack Dougherty   Composer
Steve Farmer   Composer
Wayne Gagnon   Composer
Scott Holtzman   Composer,Producer
Vivian Holtzman   Composer
Sam Irwin   Composer
Don Passaglia   Composer
John Seanor   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Brian Cooke   Composer
Gary Praeg   Composer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Ron Artis   Composer
Jim Musil   Composer,Producer
Roger Romano   Composer
Fred Buck   Composer
Jonathan Caine   Composer
Barry Wickham   Memorabilia
Michael Barnes   Composer
Larry OKeefe   Composer
Tom LeBlanc   Composer
Bob Kirby   Composer
Maxx   Producer
William Alessi   Composer
Vic Bernadoni   Composer
Tony Camp   Composer
Thomas Meccarielo   Composer
Ron Medeiros   Composer
Ron Kossajda   Composer
Robert Leonard   Composer
Paul Applebaum   Composer
Mike Raab   Composer
Mike McFadden   Composer
Mike Butler   Composer
Len Gervasi   Composer
Joe Scalfari   Composer
Jerry Wright   Composer
Jack Murphy   Composer
Guy Duris   Composer
George Kouri   Composer
Gail Winnick   Composer
Farshid Golesorkhi   Composer
Ellsworth Apgar   Composer
Donald Smith   Composer
Don Sallah   Composer
DJ Greer   Composer
Christine Bernardoni   Composer
Bruno Geit   Composer
Billy Donald   Composer
Alphonse Ranaudo   Composer

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