Mainstream (Quiet Sun album)

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Studio album by Quiet Sun
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Canterbury scene, progressive rock
Length 39:23
Label Island
Producer Quiet Sun
(CD Release)
Studio album by Quiet Sun
Released 1997
Label Expression Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Gnosis (not rated) [1]
Stephen Yarwood (favorable) [2]
Melody Maker (favorable)[3]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Mainstream is the only album of the UK band Quiet Sun. The band split up in 1972, Manzanera to Roxy Music, MacCormick to Matching Mole, Hayward to This Heat and Jarrett began to teach mathematics.

In 1975, Manzanera booked a studio for 26 days to record his first solo album Diamond Head and got Quiet Sun together again to record a studio album from their previously composed material at the same time.[5] The result Mainstream was critically acclaimed and became the New Musical Express' album of the month, apparently Island Records' fourth or fifth biggest seller at the time, close up to Bad Company and Cat Stevens.[6]

Reworked versions of two tracks from Mainstream - "Mummy was an asteroid..." (merged with Manzanera's song from Diamond Head "East of Echo," and rechristened "East of Asteroid") and "Rongwrong" - were performed by Manzanera's 801 project during 1976 and feature on their acclaimed LP 801 Live.

A CD release of Mainstream was released in 1997 on Manzanera's label, Expression Records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sol Caliente" (Phil Manzanera) – 8:02
  2. "Trumpets with Motherhood" (Charles Hayward) – 1:30
  3. "Bargain Classics" (Dave Jarrett) – 5:37
  4. "R.F.D." (Jarrett) – 3:09
  5. "Mummy was an asteroid, Daddy was a small non-stick kitchen utensil" (Bill MacCormick) – 6:09
  6. "Trot" (Manzanera) – 5:00
  7. "Rongwrong" (Hayward) – 9:39




  1. ^ Oellers, Sjef. " - Quiet Sun". Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Yarwood, Stephen. "Quiet Sun". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 9 September 2011. [dead link]
  3. ^ MacKinnon, Angus. "Quiet Sun Album Reviews". Archived from the original on 2000-03-02. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Mills, Ted. "Mainstream - Quiet Sun | AllMusic". Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Quiet Sun Press Pack at the Wayback Machine (archived May 21, 2008)
  6. ^ Quiet Sun Album Reviews at the Wayback Machine (archived September 27, 2007)