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Autumn Records Discography

This is a discography of the mid 1960's San Francisco based record label Autumn Records.

Autumn Records was started, by DJs Tom Donahue and Bob Mitchell, towards the end of 1963, after they met Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone) who became the label producer and A&R man. They had early commercial success with Bobby Freeman and the Beau Brummels. Further releases included The Vejetables, Mojo Men and Sly himself. In 1965 the label became a magnet for aspiring groups in the nascent San Francisco rock scene. The Charlatans, Great Society, Dino Valenti and Grateful Dead (as The Emergency Crew) all recorded tracks for the label though of these only the Great Society succeeded in getting anything released. Financial problems saw the end of the company in the early months of 1966 and the groups contracted to the company were sold to Warner Brothers.

The tracks recorded as a demo by the Grateful Dead (as the Emergency Crew) for Autumn in November 1965 were officially released on the Golden Road box set and subsequently on the Birth Of The Dead double CD set.

Additions, corrections and comments are welcome

Autumn Records - Original releases

Autumn singles

no info Come To Me / Let's Surf Again, Bobby Freeman, 1963, Autumn 1
no info C'mon And Swim (Part 1) / C'mon And Swim (Part 2), Bobby Freeman, 1964, Autumn 2
no info I Just learned How To Swim / Scat Swim, Sly Stewart, 1964, Autumn 3
no info Autumn's Here / Draggin' The Main, The Upsetters, 1964, Autumn 4
no info S-W-I-M / Little Old Heartbreaker Me, Bobby Freeman, 1964, Autumn 5
no info In My Heart / Don't You Know, Rico And The Ravens, 1964, Autumn 6
no info Jo Ann / Little One, The Spearmints, 1964, Autumn 7
no info Laugh, Laugh / Still In Love With You Baby, The Beau Brummels, 1964, Autumn 8
no info Friends / I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Bobby Freeman, 1965, Autumn 9
no info Just A Little / They'll Make You Cry, The Beau Brummels, 1965, Autumn 10
no info Off The Hook / Mama's Little Baby, The Mojo Men, 1965, Autumn 11
no info Geisha Girl / He's Got You, The Dixies, 1965, Autumn 12
no info Beneath The Willows / Sail Away, The Carousels, 1965, Autumn 13
no info Buttermilk, Part 1 / Buttermilk, Part 2, Sly, 1965, Autumn 14
no info I Still Love You / Anything, The Vejtables, 1965, Autumn 15
no info You Tell Me Why / I Want You, The Beau Brummels, 1965, Autumn 16
no info I Think It's Tim / Nobody But Me, The Chosen Few, 1965, Autumn 17
no info I've Been Dreaming / Pay Attention To Me, The Other Tikis, 1965, Autumn 18
no info Dance With Me / Loneliest Boy In Town, The Mojo Men, 1965, Autumn 19
no info Don't Talk To Strangers / In Good Time, The Beau Brummels, 1965, Autumn 20
no info Just For You / This Is A Mean World, The Casualiers, 1965, Autumn 21
no info Ain't It Babe / Then You Try, Charity Shayne, 1965, Autumn 22
no info The Last Thing On My Mind / Mansions Of Tears, The Vejtables, 1965, Autumn 23
no info Good Time Music / Sad Little Girl, The Beau Brummels, 1965, Autumn 24
no info Cross My heart / The Duck, Bobby Freeman, 1965, Autumn 25
no info Temptation Walk, Part 1 / Temptation Walk, Part 2, Sly, 1966, Autumn 26
no info She's My Baby / Fire In My Heart, The Mojo Men, 1966, Autumn 27
no info Bye Bye Bye / Lost My Love Today, The Other Tikis, 1966, Autumn 28

North Beach singles (an Autumn subsidiary label)

no info Someone To Love / Free Advice, The Great Society, 1966, North Beach 1001
no info El Jefe (The Chief) / The Corner Bullfight, Juarez, 1966, North Beach 1002
no info I Think It's Time / Nobody But Me, The Chose Few, 1966, North Beach 1003

Jest singles (an Autumn subsidiary label)

no info All Over Town / ?, The Au Go Gos, 1965, Jest 1

Autumn albums

info KYA's Memories Of The Cow Palace, Various Artists, 1964, Autumn 101
info C'Mon And Swim, Bobby Freeman, 1964, Autumn 102
info Introducing The Beau Brummels, The Beau Brummels, 1965, Autumn 103
info The Beau Brummels, Vol. 2, The Beau Brummels, 1965, Autumn 104

Later collections that consist entirely of Autumn Records tracks

Various artists collections

info San Francisco Roots, Various Artists, 1968
info The Autumn Records Story, Various Artists, 1986
info Dance With Me: The Autumn Teen Sound, Various Artists, 1993
info Someone to Love, Various Artists, 1996
info The Autumn Singles Box, Various Artists, 199?

Single artist collections

info From The Vaults, The Beau Brummels, 1982
info Autumn in San Francisco, The Beau Brummels, 1985
info Autumn of Their Years, The Beau Brummels, 1994
info Precious Stone: In the Studio with Sly Stone 1963-1965, Sly Stone / Various Artists, 1994
info Born To Be Burned, The Great Society, 1995
info Whys Ain't Supposed To Be, The Mojo Men, 1996
info San Fran Sessions, The Beau Brummels, 1996
info North Beach Legends, The Beau Brummels, 2001
info Gentle Wanderin' Ways, The Beau Brummels, 2001

A selection of later collections that include some Autumn Records tracks

Various artists collections

info Nuggets, Vol. 7: Early San Francisco, Various Artists, 1985
info Nuggets: A Classic Collection From the Psychedelic Sixties, Various Artists, 1986
info San Francisco Nights, Various Artists, 1991
info Microdelia, Various Artists, 1995

Single artist collections

info The Best of the Beau Brummels, 1964-1968: Golden Archive Series, The Beau Brummels, 1986
info Feel ... The Vejtables, The Vejtables, 1995
infoThe Amazing Charlatans, The Charlatans, 1997
info Greatest Hits, The Beau Brummels, 2000
info Cry Just a Little: The Best Of The Beau Brummels, The Beau Brummels, 2000
info Don't Talk To Strangers, The Beau Brummels, 2000
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), Grateful Dead, 2001
info Birth Of The Dead, Grateful Dead, 2003
info Birth Of The Dead, Volume One (The Studio Sessions), Grateful Dead, 2013

Last updated April 2005