Tabu Records

Tabu Records

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Tabu Records was founded by industry legend Clarence Avant in the late 1970s and became a legendary early 1980s R&B label with its marquee acts the S.O.S. Band, Alexander O'Neal and Cherelle. It was also the training ground in which Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis honed their production skills—writing and producing virtually all of the label’s hits—until they began working with Janet Jackson in 1986.

It was initially distributed by RCA then within three years switched distribution to CBS Records, where it remained well after the label became Sony Music Entertainment, until 1991 it changed distribution again, this time to A&M Records. In 1993, PolyGram hired Avant to run Motown Records. During his tenure as Motown's president, Motown distributed Tabu Record’s releases. Avant left suddenly during the late 1990s, and Motown replaced him with André Harrell.

The label went out of business in 1999, but between 2002 and 2011 Tabu Records was an imprint of Capitol-EMI’s The Right Stuff via Virgin Records America, focusing primarily on reissuing its 1980s catalog.

In 2011, a new distribution deal with Universal Music Group began, with new entries by the label’s core artists released as part of Universal’s <i>Icon</i> series.

In 2012 a new deal was struck with Demon Music Group for distribution, licensing and representation.

Label Code: LC4894
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2Z8-5515 Brainstorm (5) Hot For You 2Z8-5515 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8-5520 Lalo Schifrin No One Home (Single) 4Z8-5520 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8 5523 The S.O.S. Band Take Your Time (Do It Right) 4Z8 5523 US 1980 Sell This Version
4Z9 3956 The S.O.S. Band Just Be Good To Me(12") Tabu Records, CBS 4Z9 3956 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4Z8 02026 Woods Empire The Boogie's Gonna Get You 4Z8 02026 US 1980 Sell This Version
4Z8 02126 The S.O.S. Band Do It Now 4Z8 02126 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z8 02131 Woods Empire Sweet Delight 4Z8 02131 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z9 03178 General Caine The Girls(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 03178 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03249 The S.O.S. Band High Hopes / Good & Plenty (Single) 4Z9 03249 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03358 General Caine Don't Stop / For Lovers Only(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 03358 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03528 The S.O.S. Band Groovin' (That's What We're Doin') 4Z9 03528 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03956 The S.O.S. Band Just Be Good To Me 4Z9 03956 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04063 General Caine Bomb Body 4Z9 04063 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04161 The S.O.S. Band Tell Me If You Still Care 4Z9 04161 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04251 General Caine Ooh, Aah 4Z9 04251 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04991 The S.O.S. Band For Your Love (Extended Version) 4Z9 04991 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 05003 Cherrelle I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (Single) 4Z9 05003 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05031 The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It 4Z9 05031 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05069 Cherrelle Fragile...Handle With Care(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05069 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05094 Detroyt Physical Lover(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05094 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05121 The S.O.S. Band No One's Gonna Love You(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05121 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05133 Cherrelle When You Look In My Eyes(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05133 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05140 Alexander O'Neal Innocent(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05140 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05164 Detroyt Back To Back(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05164 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05165 Cherrelle Like I Will (Tokyo Mix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05165 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05240 The S.O.S. Band Break Up (Remix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05240 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05279 Cherrelle You Look Good To Me (12" Extended Dance Mix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05279 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05293 R.O.A.R. We Gotta Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05293 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05332 Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love 4Z9 05332 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05361 Alexander O'Neal What's Missing(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05361 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05364 The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05364 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05386 Cherrelle Artificial Heart / Oh No It's U Again(12", Single) Tabu Records 4Z9 05386 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05920 S.O.S. Band* Borrowed Love / Weekend Girl(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05920 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05937 Alexander O'Neal You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05937 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05954 S.O.S. Band* Even When You Sleep(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05954 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 06030 S.O.S. Band* No Lies(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 06030 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 06763 Kathy Mathis Late Night Hour(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 06763 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9-06788 Alexander O'Neal Fake(12", Single) Tabu Records 4Z9-06788 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07460 Kathy Mathis Baby I'm Hooked(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07460 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07469 Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07469 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07474 Mary Davis Steppin' Out 4Z9 07474 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07480 Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07480 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07539 Alexander O'Neal Featuring Cherrelle Alexander O'Neal Featuring Cherrelle - Never Knew Love Like This (Special 12" Mixes)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07539 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07576 Kid Flash Hot Like Fire(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07576 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07812 Alexander O'Neal The Lovers (Special 12" Mixes)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07812 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07848 Kid Flash Love Thing(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07848 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07853 Mark Anthony 1919 Main Street(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 4Z9 07853 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07854 Kathy Mathis Men Have To Be Taught(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07854 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 08159 Kathy Mathis Got To Give It Up(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 08159 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 08160 Kid Flash Mind Your Business(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 08160 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68199 Cherrelle Affair(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68199 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68797 Cherrelle What More Can I Do For You(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68797 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68803 Dezi Phillips Why You Wanna(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68803 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 68842 Rhonda Clark State Of Attraction(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68842 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 68863 S.O.S. Band* I'm Still Missing Your Love(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68863 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73104 Mary Davis Don't Wear It Out(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73104 US 1990 Sell This Version
4Z9 73105 Dezi Phillips Didn't Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73105 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73138 The S.O.S. Band Secret Wish(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73138 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73162 Demetrius Perry Use Me(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73162 US 1990 Sell This Version
4Z9 73164 Jamie J. Morgan Walk On The Wild Side(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73164 US 1990 Sell This Version
4ZH 06900 The S.O.S. Band / Cherrelle The S.O.S. Band / Cherrelle - Take Your Time (Do It Right) / I Didn't Mean To Turn You On(12") Tabu Records 4ZH 06900 US 1987 Sell This Version
4ZH 69184 The S.O.S. Band / Ms. (Sharon) Ridley* The S.O.S. Band / Ms. (Sharon) Ridley* - Just Be Good To Me / Changin'(12") Tabu Records 4ZH 69184 US 1989 Sell This Version
12CDN-388 Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12", Promo) Tabu Records 12CDN-388 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12EXP-05031 The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP-05031 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05121 The S.O.S. Band No One's Gonna Love You(12", Maxi) Tabu Records 12EXP-05121 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05240 The S.O.S. Band Break Up (Remix)(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP-05240 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05332 Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love(12") Tabu Records 12EXP-05332 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP 05364 The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP 05364 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP 05920 S.O.S Band* Borrowed Love(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 05920 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP 06030 S.O.S. Band* No Lies(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 06030 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-06788 Alexander O'Neal Fake(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP-06788 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
25AP 1911 The S.O.S. Band S.O.S.(LP, Album) Tabu Records 25AP 1911 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
25DP 5368 Cherrelle Fragile(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5368 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5369 Cherrelle High Priority(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5369 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5531 The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5531 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
28AP 3373 Alexander O'Neal Hearsay(LP, Album) Tabu Records 28AP 3373 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 884 Alexander O'Neal Alexander O'Neal(CD, Album) Tabu Records 32DP 884 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
35T 73363 Late Nite Magic* Huneez(Cass, Single) Tabu Records, Epic 35T 73363 US 1990 Sell This Version
35T73627 Alexander O'Neal All True Man(Cass, Single) Tabu Records 35T73627 US 1991 Sell This Version
03850 Art Wilson Stay (White Label Promo)(7", Promo) Tabu Records 03850 US 1983 Sell This Version
08065 Andre Berryman (2) Don't Play No Games(7") Tabu Records 08065 US 1988 Sell This Version
20390-2 Byron Stingily Club Stories(CD, Album) Nervous Records 20390-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
49814-2 Alexander O'Neal The Voice On Video(VHS, Comp, PAL) Tabu Records 49814-2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
84445 The S.O.S. Band S.O.S. (Album) 84445 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
364 002-1 The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors (Album) 364 002-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 002-2 The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors(CD, Album) Tabu Records 364 002-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364003 1 The S.O.S. Band One Of Many Nights (Album) 364003 1 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
364003 2 The S.O.S. Band One Of Many Nights (Album) 364003 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
364 005 Cherrelle The Woman I Am(LP, Album) Tabu Records 364 005 UK 1991 Sell This Version
364 005-1 Cherrelle The Woman I Am(LP, Album) Tabu Records 364 005-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 005-2 Cherrelle The Woman I Am(CD, Album) Tabu Records 364 005-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 005-4 Cherrelle The Woman I Am(Cass, Album) Tabu Records, Pt. Suara Sentral Sejati 364 005-4 Indonesia 1991 Sell This Version
390 826-1 The S.O.S. Band Sometimes I Wonder(12") Tabu Records 390 826-1 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
390 826-2 The S.O.S. Band Sometimes I Wonder(CD, Maxi) Tabu Records, Tabu Records 390 826-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
390 826-7 The S.O.S. Band Sometimes I Wonder(7") Tabu Records 390 826-7 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
390861-2 Cherrelle Tears Of Joy(CD, Single) A&M Records, A&M PM, Tabu Records 390861-2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
450936 1 Alexander O'Neal Hearsay (Album) 450936 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
450936 4 Alexander O'Neal Hearsay(Cass, Album) Tabu Records 450936 4 UK 1987 Sell This Version
460091 1 James Robinson Guilty(LP, Album) Tabu Records 460091 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
460092 1 Kathy Mathis Katt Walk(LP, Album) Tabu Records 460092 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version

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MaximusMCX

MaximusMCX

December 19, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
The label name is not correct in the database. It should be Tabu and not Tabu Records, which is the name of the record company, together with Tabu Records, Inc.

The strongest indication is how its mentioned on the labels, Tabu on all of them, and so i've heard there is only one record which has Tabu Records, but i don't know which one it is. Secondly have a look at how Tabu mentions themselves on for instance Maxi-Singles, Special version taken from the Tabu LP, or how they call themselves on inserts, From Tabu to You. All Tabu and not Tabu Records.

There are a lot of labels still wrong in the database and the reason for it is in how discogs started. Only labels and no companies yet. From the early start they didn't take the exact label appearance as the label name but something in between label and record company. Here they took Tabu Records, which is in between label Tabu and record company Tabu Records, Inc.

Another nice example is the famous Beatles label Apple. The same problem, watch the clip and listen how they call themselves, just Apple and not Apple Records. Not an original Steve Jobs idea but most likely John Lennon's brilliance. http://www.applerecords.com/

Some time ago i've spent one day correcting it to Tabu, but a user came along and has spent 5 days to give me around 150 entirely incorrect votes, reversing all my edits. Not very nice, cause it lowers my average vote considerably. Even worse, now the label is still incorrectly entered into the database. I would like to invite users to correct it and all the others which have Records attached to them while it's not showing on the labels themselves.