Mainstream (Quiet Sun album)

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Mainstream
Quiet sun-Mainstream.jpg
Studio album by Quiet Sun
Released 1975
Recorded January 1975
Studio Island Studios, London
Genre Canterbury scene, progressive rock
Length 39:23
Label Island
Producer Quiet Sun
Mainstream
(CD Release)
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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 had originally split up in 1972. Phil Manzanera joined Roxy Music, Bill MacCormick joined Matching Mole, Charles Hayward joined This Heat and Dave Jarrett became a mathematics teacher.

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 three tracks from Mainstream – "Mummy was an Asteroid, Daddy was a Small Non-Stick Kitchen Utensil" (merged with Manzanera's track from Diamond Head "East of Echo," and rechristened "East of Asteroid"), "Rongwrong," and the intro portion of "Sol Caliente" (which also appeared on Diamond Head as "Lagrima") – were performed by Manzanera's 801 project during 1976 and featured on their acclaimed LP 801 Live.

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

Track listing (Original version)[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

Track listing (2011 Collector's Edition)[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
  8. "Years of the Quiet Sun" (Original Demo)
  9. "Trot" (Original Demo)
  10. "R.F.D." (Warner Bros Demo)
  11. "R.F.D., Pt. 1" (Mainstream Session)
  12. "Talking History"

Personnel[edit]

with

Technical
  • Rhett Davies – engineer
  • Robert Ash – assistant engineer
  • Nigel Soper – cover

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oellers, Sjef. "Gnosis2000.net – Quiet Sun". gnosis2000.net. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Yarwood, Stephen. "Quiet Sun". btinternet.com. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  3. ^ MacKinnon, Angus. "Quiet Sun Album Reviews". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2 March 2000. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Mills, Ted. "Mainstream – Quiet Sun | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Quiet Sun Press Pack". Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Quiet Sun Album Reviews". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2011.