Super Duper Love - Mainstream Hits & Rarities 1973-76 Various Artists (Mainstream Records)


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A top-notch overview of this feisty New York indie’s 70s soul catalogue.

For a few years in the mid-70s the Mainstream label and its subsidiaries offered a constant stream of high quality black American music. Veteran record man Bob Shad’s company quickly established itself with soul collectors and sold lots of singles in a relatively short period of time. Only a handful of those 45s were issued in the UK but import specialists did brisk business with Mainstream repertoire until Shad suddenly closed down the label in 1976.

Most of the company’s catalogue has been unavailable in the UK during the CD era but recently Kent put out a well-received set that did much to remind people what good records Shad released. Our second collection offers a slightly broader overview of Mainstream’s output, embracing funk, ballads, deep soul, group soul and even a track or two that would have been called disco if they had come out a year or so later. Almost half of the featured selections reached the R&B charts and some also made the Hot 100. Our title track, an R&B Top 10 hit for Detroit’s William “Sugar Billy” Garner would later give the UK’s Joss Stone her breakthrough hit almost 30 years later.

Mainstream’s roster embraced soul and R&B stars of the calibre of Lenny Welch, Freddie Scott and Little Richard, cult soul heroes John “J.G. Lewis” Gilliam and Calvin Arnold, heroines Doris Duke and Sandra Phillips, top-tier acts such as the Dramatics and a bunch of artists who but for the lack of a hit could have been as big. None of the featured tracks have appeared on UK CD before and all are mastered from the best possible sources.

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Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin' On Me) Pts 1 & 2 - Sugar Billy

  • 02 Preview Soul Makossa - Afrique

  • 03 Preview The Lonely One - Special Delivery featuring Terry Huff

  • 04 Preview Seven Day Lover - Raymond Smith

  • 05 Preview Whatever's Your Sign (You Got To Be Mine) Pt 1 - Prophecy

  • 06 Preview I Need Someone - Linda Perry

  • 07 Preview Then I Reach Satisfaction - Eleventh Commandment

  • 08 Preview Tonight, Let The Other Woman Cry Some - Ellerine Harding

  • 09 Preview Eyewitness News - Lenny Welch

  • 10 Preview Just In The Nick Of Time - Chocolate Syrup

  • 11 Preview Wind Up Toy - Zebera

  • 12 Preview (I'm Your) Friendly Neighborhood Freak Pt 1 - Calvin Arnold

  • 13 Preview Does She (Sleep On My Side Of The Bed) (Long Version) - Darlene Jackson

  • 14 Preview Freak And You Shall Find (Long Version) - Sugar Billy

  • 15 Preview Let The Music Play - J.G. Lewis

  • 16 Preview Business Deal - Doris Duke

  • 17 Preview I Can See Him Loving You - Trieste

  • 18 Preview Try To Help Your Brother - Little Richard

  • 19 Preview You're So Hard To Forget - Freddie Scott

  • 20 Preview Success Don't Come Easy - The Steptones

  • 21 Preview King Kong - The Electric Ladies

  • 22 Preview Since I Don't Have You - Lenny Welch

  • 23 Preview Feel It - The Dramatics

  • 24 Preview I Need You Back Home - Sandra Phillips

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