Trax Records

Trax Records

Profile:
One of the larger two original Chicago house-music labels (the other being D.J. International Records). Founded in the early 1980s by Larry Sherman, Screamin'Rachael, Jesse Saunders, and Vince Lawrence. Responsible for the release of "Acid Tracks" by Phuture, "Move Your Body" by Marshall Jefferson, and many many other records that shaped the Chicago and acid house sounds through till the early 1990's.

Some releases were licensed to Westside Records (2) / Radical Records (5) (and other labels) in Britain, BCM Records in Germany, and Mirakkle Records in France; single releases were licensed to different labels worldwide.

They had a shortlived London, UK dependence via PRD Labels Ltd between 1996 and early 1998.

Earlier releases had copyrights listed as Trax Records Ltd., later Trax Records, Inc.

Reborn with the help of Screamin' Rachael, in the new millennium it was a subsidiary of a Canadian corporation called Casablanca Media Acquisitions Inc. New catalog numbers reflect the subsidiary nature of Trax.

In a Chicago Court ruling on June 6, 2008 Trax Records was returned to its original owners Rachael Cain and Larry Sherman.
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Trax Records
505 N Lakeshore Dr. #3009
Chicago, Il. 60606, USA
Phone: 312 - 404 - 1660
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
2C TRAX 701 Various - Chicago Trax Vol 1 Various Chicago Trax Vol 1(Cass, Comp, Ltd) Radical Records (5), Trax Records, Radical Records (5), Trax Records 2C TRAX 701 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12TEK6 Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride (X-rated Swemix Version) Jamie Principle Baby Wants To Ride (X-rated Swemix Version)(12", Ltd) Btech 12TEK6 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
1030-5 Rush - Rush In Rio Rush Rush In Rio(2xDVD-V, RP, Multichannel, 5.1) Sum Records (2), Coming Home Studios, Anthem Music Video 1030-5 Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
5013 Joey Beltram Trax Classix(16xFile, WAV, Comp) Trax Records 5013 Canada 2005
26174 'Mic Mac' Meyers* - Chicago Trax Megamix 'Mic Mac' Meyers* Chicago Trax Megamix(CD, Mixed) BCM Records 26174 Germany & Switzerland 1989 Sell This Version
33220 Various - Acieed Inferno Volume 2 Various Acieed Inferno Volume 2(LP, Comp) BCM Records 33220 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
041 765 2 Various - The Evil Acid Baron Show Various The Evil Acid Baron Show 041 765 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
354600 Frankie Knuckles - Baby Wants To Ride Frankie Knuckles Baby Wants To Ride 354600 US Unknown
354607 Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* - You Used To Hold Me Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* Ralphi Rosario Featuring Xavier Gold* - You Used To Hold Me(5xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354607 US Unknown
354610 Farley Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Jack The Bass(3xFile, AAC, 256) Trax Records 354610 US Unknown
354611 Vincent Lawrence* - Virgo Trax Again Vincent Lawrence* Virgo Trax Again(7xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354611 US Unknown
354616 Adonis - No Way Back Adonis No Way Back(2xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354616 US Unknown
354617 Pierre's Pfantasy Club - Dream Girl Pierre's Pfantasy Club Dream Girl(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354617 US Unknown
354625 Master C & J Featuring Liz Torres - Best Of Master C & J Master C & J Featuring Liz Torres Master C & J Featuring Liz Torres - Best Of Master C & J(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354625 US Unknown
354626 Phuture - Acid Tracks Phuture Acid Tracks 354626 US Unknown
354627 Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It Mr. Fingers Can You Feel It(2xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354627 US Unknown
354641 Mr. Fingers - The Complete Can You Feel It Mr. Fingers The Complete Can You Feel It 354641 US 2009
354826 Jesse Velez - Girls Out On The Floor Jesse Velez Girls Out On The Floor(2xFile, AAC, 256) Trax Records 354826 US Unknown
354828 Mind Control Music* - M.C.M. Mind Control Music* M.C.M.(4xFile, MP3, 320) Trax Records 354828 US Unknown
354834 Phuture - We Are Phuture Phuture We Are Phuture(3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 354834 US Unknown
487565 2 Derrick May - Mix-Up Vol. 5 Derrick May Mix-Up Vol. 5(CD, Comp, Mixed) S3 487565 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
760198 Various - The Rap Sound Of Chicago - Rap Trax #1 Compilation Various The Rap Sound Of Chicago - Rap Trax #1 Compilation(CD, Comp) Watch Out !, Trax Records 760198 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
828 052-4 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago -  Vol. II - Chicago Trax Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Vol. II - Chicago Trax(2xCass, Comp) London Records, London Records 828 052-4 1987 Sell This Version
828 053-1 Various - The Various The "House" Sound Of Chicago Vol. 1 - Chicago Trax(LP, Comp, M/Print) London Records, London Records, Streetwise 828 053-1 Nigeria 1987 Sell This Version
3026462 Various - Chicago Trax - Volumes I & II Various Chicago Trax - Volumes I & II(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026462 France 1997 Sell This Version
3026464 Various - Chicago Trax Various Chicago Trax(Cass, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026464 France 1997 Sell This Version
3026472 Various - House Anthems Volumes I-II Various House Anthems Volumes I-II(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3026472 France 1997 Sell This Version
3027382 Various - Mad On Acid (A Comprehensive History Of Acid House Music) Various Mad On Acid (A Comprehensive History Of Acid House Music)(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3027382 France 1998 Sell This Version
3027392 Joey Beltram / Steve Stoll / Frankie Bones - The Big Apple Bites Back! Joey Beltram / Steve Stoll / Frankie Bones Joey Beltram / Steve Stoll / Frankie Bones - The Big Apple Bites Back!(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3027392 France 1998 Sell This Version
3036602 Various - Ultimate House Volume 1 Various Ultimate House Volume 1(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3036602 France 1998 Sell This Version
3036604 Various - Ultimate House Volume 1 Various Ultimate House Volume 1(Cass, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3036604 France 1998 Sell This Version
3039642 Frankie Knuckles - Best Of Frankie Knuckles Frankie Knuckles Best Of Frankie Knuckles(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3039642 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043292 Joey Beltram Presents Geoffrey Mack - Joey Beltram Presents Geoffrey Mack Joey Beltram Presents Geoffrey Mack Joey Beltram Presents Geoffrey Mack - Joey Beltram Presents Geoffrey Mack(CD, Album) Mirakkle Records, Trax Records 3043292 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043302 Various - House Various House(2xCD, Comp) Mirakkle Records, Mirakkle Records 3043302 France 1999 Sell This Version
3043312 Marshall Jefferson - Les Parrains De La House - Marshall Jefferson Marshall Jefferson Les Parrains De La House - Marshall Jefferson(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3043312 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043322 Ralphi Rosario - Les Parrains De La House - Ralphi Rosario Ralphi Rosario Les Parrains De La House - Ralphi Rosario(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records 3043322 France 1998 Sell This Version
3043332 Larry Heard - Les Parrains De La House - Larry Heard (Mr Fingers) Larry Heard Les Parrains De La House - Larry Heard (Mr Fingers)(CD, Comp) Mirakkle Records, Mirakkle Records 3043332 France 1998 Sell This Version
828052.2 Various - The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax Various The House Sound Of Chicago - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp) London Records, London Records 828052.2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
66825 1099 9 Rush - Rush In Rio Rush Rush In Rio 66825 1099 9 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
79591 59001 2 The Hed Boys* - Girls And Boys The Hed Boys* Girls And Boys(CD, Maxi) Logic Records, Logic US Records, Deconstruction, BMG Distribution 79591 59001 2 US 1994 Sell This Version
74321559852 Various - Chicago House Fever Various Chicago House Fever(CD, Comp) Omnisonus, Apricot Records, BMG France 74321559852 France 1998 Sell This Version
191018279905 Hiroko Yamamura - Moon Rocks Hiroko Yamamura Moon Rocks(4xFile, MP3, WAV, EP) Trax Records 191018279905 US 2016
191018281205 Pour Le Plaisir - Some Other Time Pour Le Plaisir Some Other Time(3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 191018281205 US 2016
191018590901 Lois Plugged & Fruckie Feat. Bravo* - Gotta Have House Lois Plugged & Fruckie Feat. Bravo* Lois Plugged & Fruckie Feat. Bravo* - Gotta Have House (3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 191018590901 US 2016
191018830335 Carlos Nilmmns - Trax 4 Life Carlos Nilmmns Trax 4 Life(3xFile, MP3, Single) Trax Records 191018830335 US 2017
191018977900 Jorge Cruz (3), Carmelo Carone - Warehouse: The Remixes Jorge Cruz (3), Carmelo Carone Jorge Cruz (3), Carmelo Carone - Warehouse: The Remixes(6xFile, WAV, EP) Trax Records 191018977900 US 2017
193483853307 Queemose, Miinuetto - Dust EP Queemose, Miinuetto Queemose, Miinuetto - Dust EP(2xFile, MP3, WAV) Trax Records 193483853307 US 2019
195081166001 Andy Cley & Slydee - That's OK With Me! Andy Cley & Slydee Andy Cley & Slydee - That's OK With Me!(File, MP3, WAV) Trax Records 195081166001 Belgium 2020
886788030299 Jamie Principle - Waiting On My Angel Jamie Principle Waiting On My Angel(3xFile, FLAC) Trax Records 886788030299 US 2011
888003399297 Armando - Trax Classix Armando Trax Classix (16xFile, MP3, Comp, RE, 320) Trax Records 888003399297 US 2010
888003418776 Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body Marshall Jefferson Move Your Body(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 888003418776 US 2011
889845003342 Farley Jackmaster Funk* - Jack The Bass (Remixes) Farley Jackmaster Funk* Jack The Bass (Remixes)(4xFile, WAV) Phuture Trax (3), Trax Records 889845003342 US 2015
503269 8620388 Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre - Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre - Phuture And Other Classics From DJ Pierre(10xFile, FLAC, Comp, RE) Trax Records 503269 8620388 2022
5032698627912 Mike Dunn - Magic Feet - The Remixes Mike Dunn Magic Feet - The Remixes(3xFile, WAV) Trax Records 5032698627912 US 2022
503269 8628193 DJ Rush - Whip Raff DJ Rush Whip Raff(4xFile, FLAC) Trax Records 503269 8628193 2022
5032698660339 D-Troy Feat. Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body D-Troy Feat. Marshall Jefferson D-Troy Feat. Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body(4xFile, WAV) Trax Records 5032698660339 Germany 2011
5032698671700 Marshall Jefferson - The House Music Anthem Marshall Jefferson The House Music Anthem(3xFile, WAV, RM) Harmless 5032698671700 UK 2013
5032698671748 Frankie Knuckles - Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love Frankie Knuckles Baby Wants To Ride / Your Love(2xFile, MP3, RM, 320) Harmless, Trax Records 5032698671748 2013
ACIDLP 801 Various - Son Of Acido Various Son Of Acido(2xLP, Comp) Trax Records, Radical Records (5) ACIDLP 801 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ARMA429 Armin van Buuren - Oldskool (Mini Album) Armin van Buuren Oldskool (Mini Album)(CD, Album) Armada (4) ARMA429 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
AZCD13 Fran?ois K* - Choice (A Collection Of Classics) Fran?ois K* Choice (A Collection Of Classics)(2xCD, Comp) Azuli Records AZCD13 UK 2002 Sell This Version
AZLP13 Fran?ois K* - Azuli Presents Fran?ois K - Choice (A Collection Of Classics) Fran?ois K* Azuli Presents Fran?ois K - Choice (A Collection Of Classics)(4x12", Comp) Azuli Records AZLP13 UK 2002 Sell This Version
B1 to B5 Various - Best Of House Megamix Volume 3 Various Best Of House Megamix Volume 3 (Comp) B1 to B5 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BC97016 Farly Jackmaster Funk* / Pleasure Zone - Trax2 Farly Jackmaster Funk* / Pleasure Zone Farly Jackmaster Funk* / Pleasure Zone - Trax2(12") Bonzai Classics BC97016 Belgium 1997 Sell This Version
B.C. 12-2011-40 Radio Fashion - You Got What You Deserve Radio Fashion You Got What You Deserve(12") BCM Records B.C. 12-2011-40 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
B.C. 33-2044-45 Various - Chicago Trax Megamix / House Sound Of Chicago Megamix Various Chicago Trax Megamix / House Sound Of Chicago Megamix(LP, Mixed, Pic) BCM Records B.C. 33-2044-45 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
BLAT 7-4 Evie - Just Stay The Night Evie Just Stay The Night(7", Single) Blatant (2) BLAT 7-4 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BRUTAL 1 Various - Acidtrax Various Acidtrax(LP, Comp) Hardcore BRUTAL 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BRUTAL 2 Various - Acidtraxtoo Various Acidtraxtoo(2xLP, Comp) Hardcore BRUTAL 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
ПРЗ CD59060 Various - Acid Masters Various Acid Masters(CD-ROM + 34xFile, MP3, Comp, 192) World Club Music ПРЗ CD59060 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
CDACID 801 Various - Son Of Acido Various Son Of Acido(CD, Comp) Trax Records, Radical Records (5) CDACID 801 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 1 Various Artists* - Acidtrax Various Acidtrax(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDBRUT 2 Various - Acidtraxtoo Various Acidtraxtoo(CD, Comp) Hardcore CDBRUT 2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD FING 2 Mr Fingers* - Ammnesia Mr Fingers* Ammnesia(CD, Album) Jack Trax, Jack Trax CD FING 2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDHI 88 Various - House Hits Various House Hits(CD, Comp) Needle Records CDHI 88 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDHIHO 1 Various - The Best Of Hip House Various The Best Of Hip House(CD, Comp) Street Sounds CDHIHO 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDIX 1 Various - Acid Trax Megamix Volume 1 Various Acid Trax Megamix Volume 1(CD, Comp, Mixed) Serious Records (2) CDIX 1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CDMTS 1 MTS* - MTS MTS* MTS(CD, Album) Radical Records (5) CDMTS 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDNN 1 Nouveaux Nation - Party Time Lovers Nouveaux Nation Party Time Lovers(CD, Album) Radical Records (5) CDNN 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDRAPT 1 Various - This Is War! Various This Is War!(CD, Comp) Radical Records (5) CDRAPT 1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDTRAX 702 Frankie Knuckles Presents Various - Frankie Knuckles Presents Frankie Knuckles Presents Various Frankie Knuckles Presents Various - Frankie Knuckles Presents(CD, Comp) Radical Records (5) CDTRAX 702 UK 1989 Sell This Version
CDTRX001 Various - We Call It Hallucinates Various We Call It Hallucinates (Comp) CDTRX001 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CD WATSIT D1 Over 2 You - What Does It All Mean? Over 2 You What Does It All Mean?(CD, Maxi) Trax Records CD WATSIT D1 UK 1990 Sell This Version
CFV 05252 Various - The Evil Acid Baron Show Various The Evil Acid Baron Show(VHS, P/Mixed) Channel 5, PolyGram Music Video CFV 05252 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHAMP 90 Farley Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard - As Always(7") Champion CHAMP 90 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHAMP 12-90 Farley Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard Farley "Jackmaster" Funk Presents Ricky Dillard - As Always(12") Champion CHAMP 12-90 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Chicago Various - House Hallucinates - Pump Up The World Volume One Various House Hallucinates - Pump Up The World Volume One(Cass, Comp) Vendetta Records (2), A&M Records, Vendetta Records (2), A&M Records Chicago US 1989 Sell This Version
CLP4009 Various - This Is House - Chicago Trax Various This Is House - Chicago Trax(CD, Comp + CD, Comp + CD, Comp + Box, Comp, Ltd, R) Big Eye Music CLP4009 US Unknown Sell This Version
CRCL-2004 Larry Heard - Can You Feel It - Trax Classics Larry Heard Can You Feel It - Trax Classics(CD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2004 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CRCL-2005 Frankie Knuckles - The Godfather Of House Music - Trax Classics Frankie Knuckles The Godfather Of House Music - Trax Classics(CD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2005 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CRCL-2006/7 Various - The Anthology Of Trax Records Various The Anthology Of Trax Records(2xCD, Comp) Rhythm Park CRCL-2006/7 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
CS001 Jesse Velez - Super Rhythm Trax Jesse Velez Super Rhythm Trax CS001 US 1985 Sell This Version
CSR CD 5316 Frankie Knuckles - His Greatest Hits From Trax Records Frankie Knuckles His Greatest Hits From Trax Records(CD, Comp) Central Station, Trax Records CSR CD 5316 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
CSR CD 5317 Farley Jackmaster Funk* - The Best Of Farley Farley Jackmaster Funk* The Best Of Farley "Jackmaster" Funk(CD, Comp, RM) Central Station, Trax Records, Central Station, Trax Records CSR CD 5317 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
CTX 486 Screamin' Rachael - Don't Make Me Lonely Screamin' Rachael Don't Make Me Lonely CTX 486 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 487 Black Mamba (2) - Lost In Ituri Black Mamba (2) Lost In Ituri(12") Trax Records CTX 487 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 488 James Bryant - Acid Pitch / Ha-Ha James Bryant Acid Pitch / Ha-Ha CTX 488 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 489 Robert Armani - Fluk Dat Robert Armani Fluk Dat (Single) CTX 489 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 490 Paul Johnson - We Live This Life Paul Johnson We Live This Life CTX 490 US 2003 Sell This Version
CTX 491 K-Alexi - The Classic K. K-Alexi The Classic K. (EP) CTX 491 US 2003 Sell This Version

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Yemsky

Yemsky

January 26, 2022
The poor pressing quality of original Trax records is the widely known and gets mentioned here on Discogs in earlier reviews, even by former Trax artist djfrankiebones. Many times I have heard the story about recycled vinyl, where pieces of paper (from the recycled record labels) were stuck inb the grooves of the Trax release. My assumption has always been that we are talking about old vinyl being crushed and ground up, the pieces heated up and reused for Trax' pressings.
I recently heard a twist to this story where some collectors on a Facebook group claimed that they have Trax records where you can hear the old vinyl's music underneath the Trax track. I have never experienced anything like this and can not even imagine how that would happen. Does anyone have records like this, Trax ore otherwise? Is it even feasible to heat up an old record to the point where you could press a new stamper on it and end up with the new grooves somehow overlaying the old ones and both tracks becoming audible?
Or are there Trax records where the original "mastertape" (which in some cases were C90 cassettes, I believe) had this "defect"
Booj1Boy

Booj1Boy

November 29, 2018
Be advised that in the 80s and 90s, Trax had basically no quality control for it’s 12” pressings and used really dodgy quality vinyl formulations. Even brand new sealed copies will probably sound bad, so be advised when buying these on Discogs (aka don’t blame the seller for a VG+ rated record sounding bad).
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dylaf

dylaf

February 10, 2014
I feel its irrelevant to worry about, or concern yourself with the current 'state' of the Trax label/back catalogue/Management e.t.c. It has already provided- It provided at the time, during the era from when it found fame. What is of relevance however, is just to look back on it fondly- to continue to enjoy the music, hunt down stuff you care about when it comes up for sale, and just celebrate the good times. It just doesn't matter whats going on now with it.
popdensity

popdensity

August 7, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
I have to say, even with the terrible label info and sound quality, it's good to see the trax catalogue still in print. It looks like they have basically dumped a large percentage of the back catalogue onto the digital music site Emusic, and I've been digging through and grabbing lots of it (presuming that it won't be there forever). So many dance music labels just vanish, leaving some of their records as priceless collectibles, and mostly leaving them lost to any sort of future. It's sad that it's essentially a dead label, and only part of the story of the era it represents, but there are some amazing gems that at least are being given a place in the digital age...
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Turbo123

Turbo123

June 6, 2006
edited over 16 years ago
I have known and worked with Trax Records for 20+ years...in that time I have heard just about every story going...I would also say that Trax was not the only Chicago label to have artists claiming they were never paid. In 1999 four very senior artists won back their rights from a major player...it seemed that for 14years this label had claimed all sorts of things that it did not own and the courts sided with the artists...unfortunately not every artist can afford a lawyer and has therefore became a victim...I also know that many artists did in fact sign contracts, despite the fact they claim they did not...these contracts were by all accounts massively in Trax's favour but the fact remains that at the time the artist was happy to sign. FACT the Canadian's know diddly squat about house music...but when they bought into Trax (50%) they didn't need to as Larry and co were going to continue to run the label. Unfortunately for them Larry and co were not quite, let's say Kosher, the result being a court case that found the Canadian's taking 100% control of a label they knew Zero about...honestly not a clue they have no idea what they have. But to give them their due they are trying to put some of the past wrongs right but it's going to be a long and very hard job. What is the future for Trax...well as a catalogue it will continue to be worked and with a bit of luck we will see a Legends tour in the next 12 months...also new compilations are being released and several new mixes are in production. Look out for remixes of "Love Can't Turn Around", "Can You Feel It", "We're Rockin Down The House", "You Used To Hold Me", "House Nation", "Move Your Body", "Do It Properly" & "Boys & Girls" A big shout to my good friends Joe Smooth, Adonis, Bam Bam, Paris Brightledge, Sterling Void, Darryl Pandy, Jesse Saunders, DJ Pierre, Fast Eddie, Tyree Cooper, Marshall and Farley JMF. Love to all...
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dancerecords-net

dancerecords-net

November 24, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
All love to the old Trax Records from Chicago, but what these canadians have done to the backcatalog of Trax is to cry about! The recent mix CD's have a terrible soundquality. Old records have been recorded in a very cheap way without any soundimprovement. New tracks from recent years have been mixed with old tracks and this just sounds horrible. Don't know what these canadians are doing (milking an empty cow) but this is a disgrace!
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djfrankiebones

djfrankiebones

May 18, 2004
Chicago Trax - To witness a label operation first hand, could not be any more animated as walking into Larry Sherman's operation in the mid-nineties. Most electronic music lovers know this is the original label of the house movement. Not one to follow any rules or regulations, Trax had a reputation to not pay its artists and how the label is able to still operate and put out product is nothing short of a miricle. These days with a joint venture deal with C.W. Paas, your Trax records will not glow under a blacklight, have ring impressions or bits of paper pressed into the vinyl. Post 2K, you will not be buying your "No Way Back" 12" in a Motown jacket and sealed, but the 80's & 90's worked different.
Halff the warehouse was burned down, Only 2 of the 6
presses worked, and Re-grinded vinyl would be recycled with the labels not punched out. Ghetto to say
the least, but still a legacy, nevertheless. Larry Sherman owes millions in unpaid royalties ($2000 to myself, is still in the mail....Joey Beltram presenting Geoffrey Mack is neither, it was Khan (Bizz O.D.) and countless other artists were left strapped for cash. But after all the bad business, is one of the most animated & classic labels of electronic music. For that we all do respect......
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eiskristall

eiskristall

February 27, 2002
Warehouse, Chicago Trax and DJ International as creators of the original house-sound have its place in music history forever. Milestones as Mr. Finger's "Can You Feel It", Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body", Phuture's "Acid Tracks" and Farley Jackmaster Funk's "Love Can't Turn Around" are unforgetable classics
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