Solar

Solar

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Solar (an acronym of Sound Of Los Angeles Records) was founded in 1977 by Soul Train booking agent/talent supervisor Dick Griffey after creating and then shutting down the Soul Train Recording Co. (1975-77) label he had created with Soul Train host and creator Don Cornelius. After the success of a few singles on the RCA-distributed imprint (mainly those of the Soul Train Gang (2)), Griffey and Cornelius decided to shut down the label as Cornelius wanted to focus his energies on the TV show, which was a monster hit in first-run syndication and required his complete attention to keep it so.

Legalities taken care of, Soul Train Records closed down and Griffey reorganized the company as SOLAR in late 1977, which quickly became one of the most important and influential Urban Funk/Disco & Soul imprints of the late Seventies to mid-Eighties, and even spawned a subsidiary label Constellation Records, which had some success of its own (Klymaxx).

Griffey and Cornelius remained good friends, and as a result, the new Solar label maintained close ties to the show. Not surprisingly, Soul Train favourites Shalamar had one of their first hits as a result of two of its members (Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley) appearing on the show as regular dancers and being introduced to Griffey, who paired them with session vocalist Gerald Brown (2), who soon quit and was replaced with Howard Hewett. Shalamar was in fact Solar's biggest-selling and most influential act - scoring nearly 20 hit singles and classics such as: "Right in the Socket", "Make that Move", "A Night to Remember" and "Dead Giveaway".

The Solar success story was by no means confined to one act, several other artists enjoyed success, including: Dynasty, Klymaxx, The Whispers, Lakeside, Midnight Star, Carrie Lucas (who later married Griffey), and The Deele, the last of which gave L.A. Reid & Babyface (LaFace Records) their start. Griffey always believed in giving new talents the opportunity to create and develop their craft, being the first to recognize songwriters/producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (The Time, Flyte Tyme Productions), Reggie Calloway and Vincent Calloway, Leon Sylvers and the aforementioned Antonio Reid, and Kenneth Edmonds, to name a few. The label's sound was a collective effort, with artists working on each other's sessions and encouraged to be creative. Leon Sylvers was the producer behind the trademark Solar sound: funky, progressive dance music infused with soul and disco.

The late 1980s saw the label's fortunes decline: the reasons for which are many, but include A & R problems with Shalamar (primarily maintaining the group's identity while former members Hewett and Watley were having successful solo careers on other labels) and the shifting musical directions of R&B, dance and popular music in general in the late Eighties and early 1990s.

Throughout the label's lifetime, Solar was distributed by RCA (picking up its catalog numbering from the Soul Train label in late 1977 until it switched distributors in 1981), Elektra (1981-86), Capitol Records (briefly from 1987-89) and finally, Epic (1989-95). Reissues from the mid 1990s onward have been from The Right Stuff and Unidisc, which purchased the Solar catalog in 2009 from EMI, which had bought it from Griffey after the label's 1995 closure.

Dick Griffey died on September 24, 2010 at age 71 from complications of quadruple-bypass heart surgery.

Labelcode: LC 5755
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3YE0400A When I'm With You / Don't Rock The Boat pochette d'album Sheriff (3) / Midnight Star Sheriff (3) / Midnight Star - When I'm With You / Don't Rock The Boat(CD, Single, Comp) Capitol-EMI Music, Inc., Capitol Records, Solar 3YE0400A US 1988 Vendre cette version
4XT-72552 Lovers pochette d'album Babyface Lovers(Cass, Album) Solar 4XT-72552 US 1986 Vendre cette version
4XT-72553 Power pochette d'album Lakeside Power(Cass, Album) Solar 4XT-72553 US 1987 Vendre cette version
4XT72554 Just Gets Better With Time pochette d'album The Whispers Just Gets Better With Time(Cass, Album) Solar, Solar 4XT72554 US 1987 Vendre cette version
4XT-72555 Eyes Of A Stranger pochette d'album The Deele Eyes Of A Stranger(Cass, Album) Solar 4XT-72555 US 1987 Vendre cette version
4XT-72556 Shalamar Circumstantial Evidence (Album) 4XT-72556 US 1987 Vendre cette version
4XT-72557 Greatest Hits pochette d'album Midnight Star Greatest Hits(Cass, Album, Comp) Solar 4XT-72557 US 1987 Vendre cette version
4XT72558 Happy Holidays To You pochette d'album The Whispers Happy Holidays To You(Cass, Album) Solar 4XT72558 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 68832 It's No Crime pochette d'album Babyface It's No Crime 4Z9 68832 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 68833 Flesh pochette d'album 32Phreeze* Flesh(12") Solar 4Z9 68833 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74500 I'll Take You There pochette d'album Ralph Butler I'll Take You There(12") Solar 4Z9 74500 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74501 90 Days (Same As Cash) pochette d'album Midnight Star 90 Days (Same As Cash)(12") Solar 4Z9 74501 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74502 Tender Lover pochette d'album Babyface Tender Lover(12") Solar 4Z9 74502 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74503 I Wanna Be Rich pochette d'album Calloway I Wanna Be Rich(12", Maxi) Solar 4Z9 74503 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74505 Sir Lancelot pochette d'album Calloway Sir Lancelot(12") Solar 4Z9 74505 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74506 She's The Girl pochette d'album Jeffrey Daniel (3) She's The Girl(12") Solar 4Z9 74506 US 1990 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74507 Priorities pochette d'album Bobby Womack Priorities(12") Solar 4Z9 74507 US 1989 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74508 Money pochette d'album Lakeside Money(12") Solar 4Z9 74508 US 1990 Vendre cette version
4Z9 74509 Do It (One More Time) pochette d'album Midnight Star Do It (One More Time)(12") Solar 4Z9 74509 US 1990 Vendre cette version
7CDN-56 Two Occasions / Can-u-dance pochette d'album The Deele Two Occasions / Can-u-dance(7") solar 7CDN-56 Canada 1988 Vendre cette version
12CXP-3070 Don't Rock The Boat pochette d'album Midnight Star Featuring Ecstacy of Whodini* Midnight Star Featuring Ecstacy of Whodini* - Don't Rock The Boat 12CXP-3070 Canada 1988 Vendre cette version
12CXP-3095 It's No Crime pochette d'album Babyface It's No Crime(12") Solar 12CXP-3095 Canada 1989 Vendre cette version
12CXP-3122 Tender Lover pochette d'album Babyface Tender Lover(12") Solar 12CXP-3122 Canada 1989 Vendre cette version
35T 74515 My Kinda Girl pochette d'album Babyface My Kinda Girl(Cass, Single) Solar, Epic 35T 74515 US 1990 Vendre cette version
35T 74516 All The Way pochette d'album Calloway All The Way(Cass, Single) Solar 35T 74516 US 1990 Vendre cette version
35T74519 Give It To Me pochette d'album Whispers* Give It To Me(Cass, Single) Epic, Solar 35T74519 US 1990 Vendre cette version
35T 74541 Let's Get Smooth pochette d'album Calloway Let's Get Smooth(Cass, Single) Solar 35T 74541 US 1992 Vendre cette version
35t 74543 Mary Mack pochette d'album Babyface Mary Mack(Cass, Single) Solar, Epic 35t 74543 US 1991 Vendre cette version
35T 74547 Deep Cover pochette d'album Dr. Dre Introducing Snoop Doggy Dogg* Dr. Dre Introducing Snoop Doggy Dogg* - Deep Cover(Cass, Single, Sli) Solar, Epic 35T 74547 US 1992 Vendre cette version
35T 74548 I've Gotta Have It pochette d'album 3rd Avenue (5) I've Gotta Have It(Cass, Single) Solar, Epic 35T 74548 US 1992 Vendre cette version
35T 74551 Down With My Nigga pochette d'album Paradise (4) Down With My Nigga(Cass, Single) Solar 35T 74551 US 1992 Vendre cette version
45K 74510 My Kinda Girl (Special 12" Dance Mixes - Extended Play) pochette d'album Babyface My Kinda Girl (Special 12" Dance Mixes - Extended Play)(CD, EP) Solar, Epic 45K 74510 US 1990 Vendre cette version
45T 74510 My Kinda Girl (Special 12" Dance Mixes - Extended Play) pochette d'album Babyface My Kinda Girl (Special 12" Dance Mixes - Extended Play)(Cass, Maxi) Solar, Epic 45T 74510 US 1990 Vendre cette version
2937 Lakeside Your Wish Is My Command(LP, Album, Gat) Solar 2937 Venezuela 1981 Vendre cette version
2938 Friends pochette d'album Shalamar Friends(LP, Album) Solar 2938 Venezuela 1982 Vendre cette version
2965 Do You Like Our Music? pochette d'album Collage (3) Do You Like Our Music?(LP, Album) Solar 2965 Venezuela 1982 Vendre cette version
3001 The Look pochette d'album Shalamar The Look(LP, Album) Solar 3001 Venezuela 1983 Vendre cette version
3720 I Need You / Say Yes pochette d'album Lakeside I Need You / Say Yes(7", Single) Solar 3720 US 1980 Vendre cette version
4148 The Winners Of The Solar Mix Contest pochette d'album Various The Winners Of The Solar Mix Contest(12", EP) Solar, TSR Music GmbH 4148 Germany Unknown Vendre cette version
4446-2 Slow Down pochette d'album Da Hoodstas Slow Down(CD, Single, Promo) Strictly Lethal Records, Solar 4446-2 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4447 Slow Down pochette d'album Da Hoodstas Slow Down(12", Promo) Solar 4447 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4449 Cool Summer Night pochette d'album Kashan Cool Summer Night(CD, Single, Promo) Paragon Records (2), Solar 4449 US 1993 Vendre cette version
4456 Get Away From Me pochette d'album Johnny "J"* Get Away From Me(CD, Promo) Solar, Shade Tree Records 4456 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4457 Get Away From Me pochette d'album Johnny J Get Away From Me(12", Promo) Solar 4457 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4466 Love Is A Good Thang pochette d'album Kashan Love Is A Good Thang (Single, EP) 4466 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4477 Don't Pimp Slap Her Bro pochette d'album A.M. Dre' Don't Pimp Slap Her Bro(CD, Maxi, Promo) Cititrax Records, Solar 4477 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4478 Don't Pimp Slap Her Bro pochette d'album A.M. Dre' Don't Pimp Slap Her Bro(12", Promo) Solar 4478 US 1993 Vendre cette version
4479-2 Feel Da Buzz pochette d'album Loud! Feel Da Buzz(CD, Maxi, Promo) Solar 4479-2 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4480 Loud! Feel Da Buzz(12") Solar 4480 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4484 Come Over Tonight pochette d'album 1-900 (2) Come Over Tonight(CD, Single) Solar 4484 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4493 You Get's None pochette d'album A.M. Dre' You Get's None(12") Solar 4493 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4493CD You Get's None pochette d'album A.M. Dre' You Get's None(CD, Single) Solar 4493CD US 1994 Vendre cette version
4496 Atlanta Style pochette d'album Lil Duke Atlanta Style(CD, Single, Promo) Solar 4496 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4497 Atlanta Style pochette d'album Lil Duke Atlanta Style(12") Solar 4497 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4502 It's A Mad World pochette d'album Devious Steve ft. Bobby DeBarge Devious Steve ft. Bobby DeBarge - It's A Mad World(CD, Single) Solar 4502 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4503 It's A Mad World pochette d'album Devious Steve It's A Mad World(12") Solar 4503 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4514 Diggin' Um' Out! pochette d'album Johnny J Diggin' Um' Out!(CD, Single, Promo) Shade Tree Records 4514 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4515 Puttin' Dat On Ehh Thang I Luv pochette d'album Johnny "J"* Puttin' Dat On Ehh Thang I Luv(12", Smplr) Shade Tree Records, Solar 4515 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4524 Mike Gold (4) Down With Mike Gold / Don't Stop(12") Phat Boy Records 4524 US 2000 Vendre cette version
4534 Girlz Wit Da Weave pochette d'album Badd & Krazy Girlz Wit Da Weave(12") Tony Mercedes Records 4534 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4539 Conversation pochette d'album Third World Conversation(12") TWP 4539 US 1995 Vendre cette version
#4545 Shorte' Ain't No Parte' (Like A Shorte' Parte')(12") Deemo Records #4545 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4546 Same O.G.'s pochette d'album 4 Deep Same O.G.'s(CD, Single, MP, Promo) Albatross Records 4546 US 1994 Vendre cette version
4549 Down South Comin' Up (Sampler) pochette d'album Raheem The Dream Down South Comin' Up (Sampler)(12", Smplr) RTD Records, Solar 4549 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4569 Livin' 2 Die (Strictly For The Radio) pochette d'album Top Authority Livin' 2 Die (Strictly For The Radio)(CD, Single, Promo) TRAK Records 4569 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4572 Where Ya At? pochette d'album Various Where Ya At?(CD, Single, Promo) Mergela Records 4572 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4575 One Million Strong pochette d'album Various One Million Strong(12", Smplr) Mergela Records 4575 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4582-1 One Million Strong (Strictly For The Radio) pochette d'album Various One Million Strong (Strictly For The Radio)(12") Mergela Records 4582-1 US 1995 Vendre cette version
4585-2 Friday Night / We're Not Gonna Take It pochette d'album Atlanta Kings Friday Night / We're Not Gonna Take It(CD) Solar 4585-2 1996 Vendre cette version
4586-1 We're Not Gonna Take It / Friday Night pochette d'album Atlanta Kings We're Not Gonna Take It / Friday Night(12") Solar 4586-1 1996 Vendre cette version
4598-2 Strictly For The Radio pochette d'album Top Authority Strictly For The Radio(CD, Promo, Smplr) TRAK Records 4598-2 US 1996 Vendre cette version
4614-2 Is It A Dream pochette d'album Channel Live Is It A Dream(CD, Single, Promo) Mergela Records 4614-2 US 1996 Vendre cette version
4970 No Parking (On The Dance Floor) pochette d'album Midnight Star No Parking (On The Dance Floor)(12", S/Sided, TP) Solar 4970 US 1983 Vendre cette version
5010-1 Hey Mr. M.C. pochette d'album Original (2) Hey Mr. M.C.(12") World Won Records 5010-1 US 1997 Vendre cette version
12.095 Emergency pochette d'album The Whispers Emergency(7", Single) Solar 12.095 Brazil Unknown Vendre cette version
12.096 A Night To Remember / On Top Of The World pochette d'album Shalamar A Night To Remember / On Top Of The World(7", Single) Solar 12.096 Brazil 1982 Vendre cette version
12.119 Raid pochette d'album Lakeside Raid(7", Single) Solar 12.119 Brazil 1983 Vendre cette version
12.137 No Parking (On The Dance Floor) pochette d'album Midnight Star No Parking (On The Dance Floor)(7", Single) Solar 12.137 Brazil 1983 Vendre cette version
13 162 A Night To Remember pochette d'album Shalamar A Night To Remember(7", Single) Solar 13 162 France 1982 Vendre cette version
13175 Show Me Where You're Coming From / Still In Love pochette d'album Carrie Lucas Show Me Where You're Coming From / Still In Love(7") Solar 13175 France 1982 Vendre cette version
13 199 Midnight Star Victory(7") Solar 13 199 France 1982 Vendre cette version
16.248 Freak-A-Zoid  pochette d'album Midnight Star Freak-A-Zoid (7", Single) Solar 16.248 Brazil 1983 Vendre cette version
22003 Just Gets Better With Time pochette d'album The Whispers Just Gets Better With Time(LP, Album) Solar 22003 Greece 1988 Vendre cette version
22006 Eyes Of A Stranger pochette d'album The Deele Eyes Of A Stranger(LP, Album) Solar 22006 Greece 1987 Vendre cette version
22009 Midnight Star pochette d'album Midnight Star Midnight Star(LP, Album) Solar 22009 Greece 1988 Vendre cette version
22009-A Midnight Star pochette d'album Midnight Star Midnight Star(LP, Album) Solar 22009-A Greece 1988 Vendre cette version
22010 Tender Lover pochette d'album Babyface Tender Lover(LP, Album) Solar 22010 Greece 1989 Vendre cette version
22.036 Friends pochette d'album Shalamar Friends(LP, Album) Solar 22.036 Brazil 1982 Vendre cette version
22.037 Love Is Where You Find It pochette d'album Whispers* Love Is Where You Find It(LP, Album) Solar 22.037 Brazil 1982 Vendre cette version
22.044 Still In Love pochette d'album Carrie Lucas Still In Love(LP, Album) Solar 22.044 Brazil 1982 Vendre cette version
22069 In The Raw pochette d'album The Whispers In The Raw(12", Maxi) Solar 22069 France 1982 Vendre cette version
22071 A Night To Remember pochette d'album Shalamar A Night To Remember(12", Maxi) Solar 22071 France 1982 Vendre cette version
22.074 The Big Apple Show pochette d'album Various The Big Apple Show(LP, Comp, P/Mixed) Solar 22.074 Brazil 1983 Vendre cette version
22081 Show Me Where You're Coming From / Still In Love pochette d'album Carrie Lucas Show Me Where You're Coming From / Still In Love(12") Solar 22081 France 1982 Vendre cette version
22.088 No Parking On The Dance Floor pochette d'album Midnight Star No Parking On The Dance Floor(LP, Album) Solar 22.088 Brazil 1984 Vendre cette version
32.074 Your Wish Is My Command pochette d'album Lakeside Your Wish Is My Command(LP, Album, Gat) Solar 32.074 Brazil 1981 Vendre cette version
39720-2 Who's Doggen Who? pochette d'album The Topdawgs* Who's Doggen Who?(CD, Album) Cold House Records 39720-2 US 1996 Vendre cette version
39720-4 Who's Doggen Who? pochette d'album The Topdawgs* Who's Doggen Who?(Cass, Album) Cold House Records 39720-4 US 1996 Vendre cette version
47948 Midnight Star Tuff 47948 US 1981 Vendre cette version
48014 Groovin' pochette d'album Collage (3) Groovin' 48014 US 1982 Vendre cette version

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_JazzMessenger

_JazzMessenger

14 mai 2022
edité 12 days ago
What came out of Solar, just this one label alone is hard to quantify. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, L.A. & Babyface, Midnight Star, Lakeside, Shalamar, Dynasty, Klymaxx, Leon Sylvers, and indirectly Teddy Riley. Their influence on music of the '80s is often understated.