Killer cuts from one of the coolest indie labels on the east coast scene in the 70s – Mainstream Records, an imprint that may be best-remembered for its righteous jazz albums of the time – but a company who also cut a heck of a lot of stellar soul on funky 45s! This collection does a great job of looking at this under-circulated side of Mainstream – music that hasn't hit the reissue market as much as some of their albums – and singles that maybe never made it past the Mississippi at the time, even though the quality of work is totally wonderful! There's a few of Mainstream's bigger soul tracks here – some of the few they got on radio play at the time – but there's lots more work that's even more obscure, and which really opens up our understanding of the label. Much of the work has a warm pre-disco sort of groove – strong group soul, excellent female singers, and a number of great funk cuts – all served up here in a set of 24 tracks with complete notes and excellent sound. Titles include "Seven Day Lover" by Raymond Smith, "Whatever's Your Sign (You Got To Be Mine) (part 1)" by Prophecy, "I Need Someone" by Linda Perry, "Soul Makossa" by Afrique, "Success Don't Come Easy" by The Steptones, "I Can See Him Loving You" by Trieste, "Business Deal" by Doris Duke, "Let The Music Play" by JG Lewis, "I Need You Back Home" by Sandra Phillips, "King Kong" by The Electric Ladies, "Just In The Nick Of Time" by Chocolate Syrup, "Then I Reach Satisfaction" by The Eleventh Comma
ndment, "Tonight Let The Other Woman Cry Some" by Ellerine Harding, "Super Duper Lover (parts 1 & 2)" by Sugar Billy, and "Friendly Neighborhood Freak (part 1)" by Calvin Arnold.