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 Icon series.

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

Label Code: LC4894
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2Z8-5515 Hot For You  album cover Brainstorm (5) Hot For You (Single) 2Z8-5515 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8-5520 No One Home  album cover Lalo Schifrin No One Home (Single) 4Z8-5520 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8 5523 Take Your Time (Do It Right)  album cover The S.O.S. Band Take Your Time (Do It Right) 4Z8 5523 US 1980 Sell This Version
4Z9 3956 Just Be Good To Me  album cover The S.O.S. Band Just Be Good To Me(12") Tabu Records, CBS 4Z9 3956 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
4Z8 02026 The Boogie's Gonna Get You  album cover Woods Empire The Boogie's Gonna Get You 4Z8 02026 US 1980 Sell This Version
4Z8 02126 Do It Now  album cover The S.O.S. Band Do It Now 4Z8 02126 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z8 02131 Sweet Delight  album cover Woods Empire Sweet Delight 4Z8 02131 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z9 03178 The Girls  album cover General Caine The Girls(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 03178 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03249 High Hopes / Good & Plenty  album cover The S.O.S. Band High Hopes / Good & Plenty (Single) 4Z9 03249 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03358 Don't Stop / For Lovers Only  album cover General Caine Don't Stop / For Lovers Only(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 03358 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03528 Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')  album cover 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 (Single) 4Z9 03956 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04063 Bomb Body  album cover General Caine Bomb Body 4Z9 04063 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04161 Tell Me If You Still Care  album cover The S.O.S. Band Tell Me If You Still Care 4Z9 04161 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04251 Ooh, Aah  album cover General Caine Ooh, Aah 4Z9 04251 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04991 For Your Love (Extended Version)  album cover The S.O.S. Band For Your Love (Extended Version) 4Z9 04991 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 05003 I Didn't Mean To Turn You On  album cover Cherrelle I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (Single) 4Z9 05003 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05031 Just The Way You Like It  album cover The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It 4Z9 05031 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05069 Fragile...Handle With Care  album cover Cherrelle Fragile...Handle With Care(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05069 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05094 Physical Lover  album cover Detroyt Physical Lover(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05094 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05121 No One's Gonna Love You  album cover The S.O.S. Band No One's Gonna Love You (Single) 4Z9 05121 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05133 When You Look In My Eyes  album cover Cherrelle When You Look In My Eyes(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05133 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05140 Innocent  album cover Alexander O'Neal Innocent(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05140 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05164 Back To Back  album cover Detroyt Back To Back(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05164 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05165 Like I Will (Tokyo Mix)  album cover Cherrelle Like I Will (Tokyo Mix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05165 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05240 Break Up (Remix)  album cover The S.O.S. Band Break Up (Remix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05240 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05279 You Look Good To Me (12" Extended Dance Mix)  album cover Cherrelle You Look Good To Me (12" Extended Dance Mix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05279 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05293 We Gotta Do It  album cover R.O.A.R. We Gotta Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05293 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05332 Saturday Love  album cover Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love 4Z9 05332 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05361 What's Missing  album cover Alexander O'Neal What's Missing(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05361 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05364 The Finest  album cover The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05364 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05386 Artificial Heart / Oh No It's U Again  album cover Cherrelle Artificial Heart / Oh No It's U Again(12", Single) Tabu Records 4Z9 05386 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05920 Borrowed Love / Weekend Girl  album cover S.O.S. Band* Borrowed Love / Weekend Girl(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05920 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05937 You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)  album cover 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 Even When You Sleep  album cover S.O.S. Band* Even When You Sleep(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05954 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 06030 No Lies  album cover S.O.S. Band* No Lies(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 06030 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 06763 Late Night Hour (Special 12" Mix)  album cover Kathy Mathis Late Night Hour (Special 12" Mix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 06763 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9-06788 Fake  album cover Alexander O'Neal Fake(12", Single) Tabu Records 4Z9-06788 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07460 Baby I'm Hooked  album cover Kathy Mathis Baby I'm Hooked(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07460 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07469 Criticize  album cover Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07469 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07474 Steppin' Out  album cover Mary Davis Steppin' Out 4Z9 07474 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07480 Criticize  album cover Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07480 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07539 Never Knew Love Like This (Special 12" Mixes)  album cover Alexander O'Neal Featuring Cherrelle Alexander O'Neal Featuring Cherrelle - Never Knew Love Like This (Special 12" Mixes) 4Z9 07539 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07576 Hot Like Fire  album cover Kid Flash Hot Like Fire(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07576 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07812 The Lovers (Special 12" Mixes)  album cover Alexander O'Neal The Lovers (Special 12" Mixes)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07812 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07848 Love Thing  album cover Kid Flash Love Thing(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07848 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07853 1919 Main Street  album cover Mark Anthony 1919 Main Street(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 4Z9 07853 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07854 Men Have To Be Taught  album cover Kathy Mathis Men Have To Be Taught(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07854 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 08159 Got To Give It Up  album cover Kathy Mathis Got To Give It Up(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 08159 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 08160 Mind Your Business  album cover Kid Flash Mind Your Business(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 08160 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68199 Affair  album cover Cherrelle Affair(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68199 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68797 What More Can I Do For You  album cover Cherrelle What More Can I Do For You(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68797 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68803 Why You Wanna  album cover Dezi Phillips Why You Wanna(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68803 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 68842 State Of Attraction  album cover Rhonda Clark State Of Attraction(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68842 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 68863 I'm Still Missing Your Love  album cover S.O.S. Band* I'm Still Missing Your Love(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68863 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73104 Don't Wear It Out  album cover Mary Davis Don't Wear It Out(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73104 US 1990 Sell This Version
4Z9 73105 Didn't Do It  album cover Dezi Phillips Didn't Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73105 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73138 Secret Wish  album cover S.O.S. Band* Secret Wish(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73138 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73162 Use Me  album cover Demetrius Perry Use Me(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73162 US 1990 Sell This Version
4Z9 73164 Walk On The Wild Side  album cover Jamie J. Morgan Walk On The Wild Side(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73164 US 1990 Sell This Version
4ZH 06900 Take Your Time (Do It Right) / I Didn't Mean To Turn You On  album cover 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 Just Be Good To Me / Changin'  album cover The S.O.S. Band / Ms. (Sharon) Ridley* The S.O.S. Band / Ms. (Sharon) Ridley* - Just Be Good To Me / Changin'(12", RE, RM) 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 Just The Way You Like It  album cover 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 No One's Gonna Love You  album cover The S.O.S. Band No One's Gonna Love You(12", Maxi) Tabu Records 12EXP-05121 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05240 Break Up (Remix)  album cover The S.O.S. Band Break Up (Remix)(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP-05240 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12EXP-05332 Saturday Love  album cover 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 Finest  album cover The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP 05364 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP 05920 Borrowed Love  album cover S.O.S Band* Borrowed Love(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 05920 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-05937 You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)  album cover Alexander O'Neal You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl)(12", Single) Tabu Records 12EXP-05937 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
12EXP 05954 Even When You Sleep  album cover S.O.S. Band* Even When You Sleep(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 05954 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP 06030 No Lies  album cover S.O.S. Band* No Lies(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 06030 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-06788 Fake  album cover Alexander O'Neal Fake(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP-06788 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
15EP-8022 Tabu Nights  album cover Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle - Tabu Nights(CD, Mini, MiniAlbum) Tabu Records 15EP-8022 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25AP 1911 S.O.S.  album cover The S.O.S. Band S.O.S.(LP, Album) Tabu Records 25AP 1911 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
25DP 5239 Affair  album cover Cherrelle Affair(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5239 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5255 Jumpin' Off  album cover Mark Anthony Jumpin' Off(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5255 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5296 My Gift To You  album cover Alexander O'Neal My Gift To You(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5296 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5368 Fragile  album cover Cherrelle Fragile(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5368 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5369 High Priority  album cover Cherrelle High Priority(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5369 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5376 All Mixed Up  album cover Alexander O'Neal All Mixed Up(CD, Album) Tabu Records, CBS/Sony 25DP 5376 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5531 Just The Way You Like It  album cover The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5531 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5532 Sands Of Time  album cover The S.O.S. Band Sands Of Time(CD, Album, RE) Tabu Records 25DP 5532 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
28AP 3373 Hearsay  album cover Alexander O'Neal Hearsay(LP, Album) Tabu Records 28AP 3373 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
35T 73363 Huneez  album cover Late Nite Magic* Huneez(Cass, Single) Tabu Records, Epic 35T 73363 US 1990 Sell This Version
35T73627 All True Man  album cover Alexander O'Neal All True Man(Cass, Single) Tabu Records 35T73627 US 1991 Sell This Version
35t 73880 The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.)  album cover Alexander O'Neal The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.)(Cass, Single) Tabu Records 35t 73880 US 1991 Sell This Version
40 CBS 26294 Oro Puro 5  album cover Various Oro Puro 5(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Dol) CBS 40 CBS 26294 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
5394 The Voice On Video  album cover Alexander O'Neal The Voice On Video(VHS, Comp, PAL) Tabu Records 5394 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
6829 Saturday Love  album cover Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal Cherrelle With Alexander O'Neal - Saturday Love(7", Single) Tabu Records, Tabu Records 6829 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
08065 Don't Play No Games  album cover Andre Berryman (2) Don't Play No Games(7") Tabu Records 08065 US 1988 Sell This Version
20390-2 Club Stories  album cover Byron Stingily Club Stories(CD, Album) Nervous Records 20390-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
26058 Just The Way You Like It  album cover The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It (Album) 26058 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
49814-2 The Voice On Video  album cover Alexander O'Neal The Voice On Video(VHS, Comp, PAL) Tabu Records 49814-2 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
84445 S.O.S.  album cover The S.O.S. Band S.O.S. (Album) 84445 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
364 002-1 Majestic Warriors  album cover The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors (Album) 364 002-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 002-2 Majestic Warriors  album cover The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors(CD, Album) Tabu Records 364 002-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 002-4 Majestic Warriors  album cover The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors(Cass, Album) Tabu Records 364 002-4 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
364 003-1 One Of Many Nights  album cover The S.O.S. Band One Of Many Nights(LP, Album) Tabu Records 364 003-1 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364003 2 One Of Many Nights  album cover The S.O.S. Band One Of Many Nights (Album) 364003 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version

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MaximusMCX

MaximusMCX

December 19, 2012
edited over 6 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.