There can be little debate over the rich legacy of Chicago’s seminal house imprint Trax.

Simply put, the label was responsible for changing the course of dance music for good, and with Chicago-influenced sounds bubbling to the surface once more thanks to yet another retro revival (we see you Disclosure) a re-appraisal of their catalogue feels timely to say the least.

Billed as “the most important retrospective analysis of Trax Records since the label began,” Traxbox weighs in at an almost knee-tremblingly massive sixteen (!) full CDs, housed in a special wallet and packaged with a generous one-hundred page booklet. Not a shabby offering then, and the collection sweeps the first seventy-five of the label’s initial run of 12″s.

Both sides of each record are included on the compilation, and each record has been expertly remastered with original vinyl copies supplied by renowned collector Jonathan Woodliffe. In some cases apparently the tracks were completely rebuilt to give them the quality they deserve for the first time, whether that was worthwhile or not though remains to be seen. You can nose the absolutely gigantic tracklist below.

FACT asked Trax co-founder Screamin’ Rachael to select her top 10 Trax cuts, and you can check them out here.

Traxbox will be released soon on Harmless Records.

Tracklist:

The ‘A’ Sides

CD1

01. TX101 Le’ Noiz – Wanna Dance ? (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:22 1985
02. TX102 Jesse Velez – Girls Out On The Floor (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:46 1985
03. TX103 Le’ Noiz – I’m Scared (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:31 1985
04. TX104 Jack Master Funk – Jack The Bass (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:37 1985
05. TX105 Marshall Jefferson – Ride The Rhythm (Remix) 7:03 1986
06. TX106 Farley Jackmaster Funk – Funkin With The Drums Again ‎ (Jack The House) 5:17 1986
07. TX106 Farley Jackmaster Funk – Funkin With The Drums Again (Jack’n The Trax) 4:54 1986
08. TX106 Farley Jackmaster Funk – Funkin With The Drums Again ‎ (Clap’n The Pella) 2:25 1986
09. TX107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A1) 2:01 1986
10. TX107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A2) 2:00 1986
11. TX107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A3) 1:53 1986
12. TX107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled A4) 2:00 1986
13. TX108 Jesse Velez – Girls out on the Floor (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:38 1986
14. TX108 Jesse Velez – Fire 121 (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:20 1986
15. TX108 Jesse Velez – Do It To The Beat (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:35 1986
16. TX109 Ron Hardy – Sensation (Long) 6:40 1986

CD2

01. TX109 (con’t) Ron Hardy – Sensation (Short) 3:31 1986
02. TX110 Screamin Rachael – My Main Man (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:03 1986
03. TX110 Screamin Rachael – My Main Man (My Main Vocal) 2:58 1986
04. TX111 Jackmaster Dick’s Revenge – Sensuous Woman Goes Disco (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:10 1986
05. TX112 Adonis – No Way Back (Vocal) 4:57 1986
06. TX113 Sleezy D. – I’ve Lost Control (Space Side) 9:43 1986
07. TX114 Virgo – Free Yourself ‎ (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:56 1986
08. TX114 Virgo – Under You (Original 12 Inch Version) 9:40 1986
09. TX115 Fresh – Dum Dum Part Two (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:13 1986
10. TX116 Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley – Give Your Self To Me (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:14 1986
11. TX117 Marshall Jefferson – The House Music Anthem (Move your Body) 7:48 1986
12. TX117 Marshall Jefferson – The House Music Anthem (Dub Your Body) 7:33 1986

CD3

01. TX118 Master C & J – When You Hold Me (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:43 1986
02. TX119 Sweet D – Thank Ya (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:40 1986
03. TX120 Adonis – We’re Rocking Down The House (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:06 1986
04. TX121 On the House with Marshall Jefferson – Ride The Rhythm (mixed by Ron Hardy) 6:57 1986
05. TX122 Willie Wonka – What Is House? ‎ (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:19 1986
06. TX123 Radio Fashion – What You Deserve ‎ (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:45 1987
07. TX124 Farm Boy – Jackin’ Me Around (Farm Mix) 6:52 1986
08. TX125 Fat Albert – Beat Me Till I Jack (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:45 1986
09. TX126 Santos – Work Me Trax (Original 12 Inch Version) 1:48 1986
10. TX126 Santos – Work The Box (Vocals) 4:30 1986
11. TX127 Mr. Fingers – Washing Machine (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:19 1986
12. TX127 Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:45 1986
13. TX128 Sampson “Butch” Moore – House Beat Box (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:20 1986

CD4

01. TX129 Jungle Wonz – The Jungle (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:05 1986
02. TX130 Boris Badenough – Hey Rocky! (Extended) 6:49 1986
03. TX 131 Lidell Townsell – Party People Jack Your Body (House Mix) 7:21 1987
04. TX 131 Lidell Townsell – Party People Jack Your Body (Dub) 1:05 1987
05. TX132 Robert Owens – Bring Down The Walls (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:37 1987
06. TX133 Terry Baldwin – Housemaster (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:54 1987
07. TX134 2 House People Featuring Cynthia M – Move My Body (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:10 1987
08. TX135 Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On (Vocal) 6:55 1987
09. TX136 On The House – Give Me Back The Love (Club Mix) 7:33 1987
10. TX136 On The House – Give Me Back The Love (Radio Mix) 4:35 1987
11. TX137 Mr. Lee – I Can’t Forget (Vocal) 4:40 1987
12. TX138 Mystery – Mystery Girl (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:50 1987
13. TX139 Eric Bell – Your Love (Instrumental Mix) 7:24 1987

CD5

01. TX140 Mr Lee – Come To House (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:00 1987
02. TX141 William S – I’ll Never Let You Go (Vocal Mix) 6:09 1987
03. TX142 Phuture – Acid Tracks ‎ (Original 12 Inch Version) 11:46 1987
04. TX144 Dalis – Rock Steady (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:48 1987
05. TX144 Dalis – Rock Steady (Edit) 3:00 1987
06. TX145 Kevin Irving – Children Of The Night (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:42 1987
07. TX145 Kevin Irving – Children Of The Night (Radio) 3:56 1987
08. TX146 Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl – Somewhere In West Hell (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:33 1987
09. TX147 Pleasure Zone – Fuck Charley (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:23 1987
10. TX147 Pleasure Zone – House Nation (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:27 1987
11. TX148 Doctor Derilict – Dance Doctor (Inst.) 6:14 1987
12. TX149 Dean Anderson – Don’t Stop ‎ (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:11 1987
13. TX150 Frankie Knuckles – Baby Wants To Ride (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:37 1987

CD6

01. TX151 Frankie Knuckles – It’s A Cold World (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:42 1987
02. TX152 Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules – Lost In The Groove (Vocal) 6:26 1987
03. TX153 Dancer – Am A Dog (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:43 1987
04. TX154 Evie – Just Stay The Night (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:47 1988
05. TX154 Evie – Just Stay The Night (Radio Edit) 4:09 1988
06. TX155 Rich Martinez – Are You Ready (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:54 1988
07. TX156 Mr. Lee – House This House (Vocal) 5:06 1987
08. TX157 Pierre’s Pfantasy Club – G. T. B. Got The Bug (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:52 1987
09. TX158 Lidell Townsell – Get The Hole (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:58 1988
10. TX158 Lidell Townsell – Acid Hole (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:41 1988
11. TX159 Curtis Mc Claine And On The House – Lets Get Busy (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:49 1988
12. TX159 Curtis Mc Claine And On The House – Lets Get Busy (Radio Mix) 3:07 1988
13. TX160 Dancer – Number Nine (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:32 1988
14. TX160 Dancer – Number Nine (Bedroom Mix) 3:39 1988
15. TX164 Pleasure Zone – Fantasy (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:26 1988

CD7

01. TX165 Phuture – We Are Phuture (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:32 1988
02. TX166 Mr. Lee – Pump Up Chicago (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:51 1988
03. TX166 Mr. Lee – Pump Up Chicago (Acid Mix) 4:25 1988
04. TX167 Donell Rush – Knockin At My Door (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:29 1988
05. TX167 Donell Rush – Knockin At My Door (Edit) 3:41 1988
06. TX168 HIT TRAX III The House Gang – Cool J Track (RX) 5:55 1988
07. TX169 Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula – Gotta Big Dick (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:19 1988
08. TX169 Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula – Gotta Big Dick (Instrumental Mix) 5:21 1988
09. TX170 Lidell Townsell – Jack The House (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:01 1988
10. TX170 Lidell Townsell – As Acid Turns (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:10 1988
11. TX170 Lidell Townsell – The Groove (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:06 1988
12. TX171 Acid Fantaslee Mr. Lee – Art Of Acid (Original 12 Inch Version) 8:36 1988
13. TX171 Acid Fantaslee Mr. Lee – Feels Good (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:43 1988

CD8

01. TX172 Farley “Jackmaster Funk” Presents Ricky Dillard – As Always (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:26 1988
02. TX172 Farley “Jackmaster Funk” Presents Ricky Dillard – As Always (Acid As) 4:50 1988
03. TX173 K. G. B. – Respect (Rap Radio Edit) 2:54 1988
04. TX173 K. G. B. – Respect (Rap Scratch Mix) 2:21 1988
05. TX173 K. G. B. – Respect (Rap Brads Club Mix) 3:49 1988
06. TX174 Kool Rock Steady – Power Move (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:19 1988
07. TX174 Kool Rock Steady – Power Move (Fresh Mix) 5:29 1988
08. TX175 Virgo Four – Do You Know Who You Are? (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:41 1989
09. TX175 Virgo Four – In A Vision (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:44 1989
10. TX176 M.E. – Ride (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:25 1989
11. TX176 M.E. – School Hall (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:25 1989
12. TX177 Grant And Dezz – You’re Too Good (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:36 1989
13. TX177 Grant And Dezz – You’re Too Good (Dezz-A-Dub) 4:30 1989
14. TX178 Scamara – Kisses Never Lie (Club Edit) 5:49 1989
13. TX179 J.R. S House Co. – It’s About House (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:00 1989

The ‘B’ Sides

CD9

01. TX101 Le’ Noiz – Certainly (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:22 1985
02. TX102 Jesse Velez – Girls Out On The Floor (Dub) 7:07 1985
03. TX103 Le’ Noiz – Get Out (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:08 1985
04. TX104 Jack Master Dick – Jack The Dick (S.M.M.F.D.) 7:08 1985
05. TX104 Jack Master Dick – Jack The Dick (Dickapella) 1:10 1985
06. TX105 Marshall Jefferson – Ride the Rhythm (Remix instrumental) 7:25 1986
07. TX106 Farley Jackmaster Funk – Oh My God (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:05 1986
08. TX106 Farley Jackmaster Funk – Farley Knows House (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:22 1986
09. TX106 Farley Jackmaster Funk – Farley Farley (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:56 1986
10. TX 107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B1) 2:00 1986
11. TX 107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B2) 2:00 1986
12. TX 107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B3) 1:52 1986
13. TX 107 Vincent Lawrence – Virgo Tracks Again (Untitled B4) 2:36 1986
14. TX108 Jesse Velez – We Don’t Need No Music (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:51 1986
13. TX108 Jesse Velez – Laugh The Night Away (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:16 1986
14. TX108 Jesse Velez – Intro (Do it to the Beat) (Original 12 Inch Version) 0:48 1986
15. TX108 Jesse Velez – Rocko Laugh (Original 12 Inch Version) 0:13 1986
16. TX109 Ron Hardy – Sensation (Dub) 9:26 1986

CD10

01. TX110 Screamin Rachael – My Main Man (My Main Dub) 6:35 1986
02. TX110 Screamin Rachael – My Main Man (My Main Beat) 3:48 1986
03. TX111 Jackmaster Dick’s Revenge – Sensuous Man Goes Disco (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:32 1986
04. TX112 Adonis – No Way Back (Instrumental) 4:56 1986
05. TX113 Sleezy D. – I’ve Lost Control (House Side) 9:42 1986
06. TX114 Virgo – My Space (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:26 1986
07. TX114 Virgo – R U Hot Enough (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:39 1986
08. TX115 Fresh – Dum Dum Part Two (Instrumental) 7:16 1986
09. TX116 Rude Boy Himself Farley Farley Farley – Give Your House To Me (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:59 1986
10. TX117 Marshall Jefferson – The House Music Anthem ( Drum Your Body) 7:30 1986
11. TX117 Marshall Jefferson – The House Music Anthem (House Your Body) 7:43 1986
12. TX118 Master C & J – Dub Love (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:55 1986

CD11

01. TX119 Sweet D – Do Do it (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:39 1986
02. TX119 Sweet D – Turn It (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:34 1986
03. TX119 Sweet D – Dig I Da-Dig I Da (Original 12 Inch Version) 2:22 1986
04. TX120 Adonis – We’re Rocking Down The House (Down Break) 6:04 1986
05. TX120 Adonis – We’re Rocking Down The House (Instrumental) 2:55 1986
06. TX121 On the House with Marshall Jefferson – Ride the Rhythm (mixed by Frank Knuckles) 7:58 1986
07. TX122 Willie Wonka – It’s Now Or Never (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:35 1986
08. TX122 Willie Wonka – Blow (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:05 1986
09. TX123 Radio Fashion – What You Deserve (Mistake Mix) 6:10 1987
10. TX124 Farm Boy – Jackin’ Me Around (House Mix) 6:03 1986
11. TX124 Farm Boy – Jackin’ Me Around (Dub Mix) 6:34 1986
12. TX125 Fat Albert – Go Go (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:57 1986
13. TX125 Fat Albert – Go Go Again (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:25 1986
14. TX126 Santos – Space The Box (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:22 1986

CD12

01. TX126 (con’t) Santos – Beat The Knuckles (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:25 1986
02. TX127 Mr. Fingers – Beyond The Clouds (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:55 1986
03. TX128 Sampson “Butch” Moore – House Beat Box (Instrumental) 6:56 1986
04. TX129 Jungle Wonz – The Jungle (The Jungle Mix) 5:56 1986
05. TX130 Boris Badenough – Hey Rocky! (Instrumental) 6:23 1986
06. TX131 Lidell Townsell – Party People Jack Your Body (Club Mix) 7:04 1987
07. TX131 Lidell Townsell – Party People Jack Your Body (House mix Radio Edit) 3:25 1987
08. TX132 Robert Owens – Bring Down The Walls (Dub) 4:09 1987
09. TX132 Robert Owens – Bring Down The Walls (Inst.) 2:06 1987
10. TX133 Terry Baldwin – House Master (Radio Mix) 5:00 1987
11. TX133 Terry Baldwin – House Master (Club Mix) 6:40 1987
12. TX134 2 House People Featuring Cynthia M – House My Body (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:44 1987
13. TX134 2 House People Featuring Cynthia M – Trax My Body (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:06 1987

CD13

01. TX135 Jungle Wonz – Time Marches On (Club Mix) 8:13 1987
02. TX136 On The House – Give Me Back The Love (Dub Mix) 8:23 1987
03. TX137 Mr. Lee – I Can’t Forget (Club) 5:39 1987
04. TX138 Mystery – Mystery Girl (Dub) 5:08 1987
05. TX138 Mystery – Mystery Girl (Club) 4:28 1987
06. TX139 Eric Bell – Your Love (Vocal Mix) 5:53 1987
07. TX140 Mr Lee – Come Get House (Club) 5:04 1987
08. TX141 William S – I’ll Never Let You Go (Instrumental Mix) 6:18 1987
09. TX142 Phuture – Phuture Jacks (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:43 1987
10. TX142 Phuture – Your Only Friend (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:53 1987
11. TX144 Dalis – Rock Steady (Inst.) 7:11 1987
12. TX145 Kevin Irving – Children Of The Night (Dub) 6:52 1987

CD14

01. TX146 Two Of A Kind Featuring James Earl – Somewhere in West Hell (Inst.) 5:52 1987
02. TX147 Pleasure Zone – Jana (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:59 1987
03. TX147 Pleasure Zone – Hold These Nuts (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:06 1987
04. TX148 Doctor Derilict – Dance Doctor (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:23 1987
05. TX149 Dean Anderson – Don’t Dub (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:11 1987
06. TX150 Frankie Knuckles – Your Love (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:43 1987
07. TX151 Frankie Knuckles – Bad Boy (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:18 1987
08. TX152 Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules – Lost In The Groove (Lost In House Mix) 6:37 1987
09. TX152 Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules – Lost In The Groove (Groove Appella) 6:36 1987
10. TX153 Dancer – Boom-Boom (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:08 1987
11. TX154 Evie – Just Stay The Night (Dub) 4:31 1988
12. TX155 Rich Martinez – Are You Ready (Dub) 4:54 1988
13. TX155 Rich Martinez – Are You Ready (Rub A Dub) 4:54 1988
14. TX156 Mr. Lee – House This House (Dub) 4:59 1987

CD15

01. TX157 Pierre’s Pfantasy Club – Got The Bug (Dub) 4:55 1987
02. TX157 Pierre’s Pfantasy Club – Got The Bug (Instrumental) 6:57 1987
03. TX158 Lidell Townsell – Under Control (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:35 1988
04. TX158 Lidell Townsell – Dub Control (Original 12 Inch Version) 6:23 1988
05. TX159 Curtis Mc Claine And On The House – Lets Get Busy (Dub Mix) 6:37 1988
06. TX160 Dancer – Stars on Number Nine (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:32 1988
07. TX160 Dancer – Number Nine (S&F Mix) 2:29 1988
08. TX164 Pleasure Zone – I Can’t Understand (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:26 1988
09. TX165 Phuture – Slam! (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:40 1988
10. TX165 Phuture – Spank-Spank (Original 12 Inch Version) 5:01 1988
11. TX166 Mr. Lee – Pump Up London (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:02 1988
12. TX166 Mr. Lee – Pump Up New York (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:47 1988
13. TX167 Donell Rush – Knockin At My Door (Dub) 8:56 1988

CD16

01. TX167 (con’t) Donell Rush – Knockin At My Door (Wall Of Sound Mix) 4:00 1988
02. TX168 HIT TRAX III The House Gang – Hangover Trax (Original 12 Inch Version) 3:35 1988
03. TX168 HIT TRAX III The House Gang – Bango Acid (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:24 1988
04. TX169 Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula – This Is Acid (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:51 1988
05. TX169 Maurice Joshua With Hot Hands Hula – Feel The Mood (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:08 1988
06. TX170 Lidell Townsell – Jack’N Tall (Instrumental) 5:18 1988
07. TX170 Lidell Townsell – Jack’N Tall (Vocal) 5:25 1988
08. TX171 Acid Fantaslee Mr. Lee – Acid Pump Up London (Original 12 Inch Version) 7:53 1988
09. TX172 Farley “Jackmaster Funk” Presents Ricky Dillard – As Always (Lovin’ House Mix) 14:08 1988
10. TX173 K. G. B. – Respect Rap (Extended Version) 5:43 1988
11. TX173 K. G. B. – Respect Rap (Instrumental) 3:31 1988
12. TX174 Kool Rock Steady – I’ll Make You Dance (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:35 1988
13. TX175 Virgo Four – Going Thru Life (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:36 1989
14. TX175 Virgo Four – Take Me Higher (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:47 1989

Download Card

01. TX176 M.E. – Never Want To Loose You (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:40 1989
02. TX176 M.E. – All The Time (Original 12 Inch Version) 4:20 1989
03. TX177 Grant And Dezz – You’re Too Good (Raz Mix) 7:19 1989
04. TX177 Grant And Dezz – You’re Too Good (Tone Def Mix) 4:09 1989
05. TX178 Scamara – Kisses Never Lie (Dub Mix) 5:11 1989
06. TX179 J.R. S House Co. – It’s About House (Off Beat Acid Mix) 6:36 1989

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