Tabu Records

Tabu Records

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Tabu 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.

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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
2Z8-5515 Brainstorm (5) - Hot For You Brainstorm (5) Hot For You 2Z8-5515 US 1979 Sell This Version
4Z8-5520 Lalo Schifrin - No One Home 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) 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 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 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 The S.O.S. Band Do It Now (Single) 4Z8 02126 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z8 02131 Woods Empire - Sweet Delight Woods Empire Sweet Delight 4Z8 02131 US 1981 Sell This Version
4Z9 03178 General Caine - The Girls 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 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 General Caine Don't Stop / For Lovers Only 4Z9 03358 US 1982 Sell This Version
4Z9 03528 The S.O.S. Band - Groovin' (That's What We're Doin') 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 The S.O.S. Band Just Be Good To Me (Single) 4Z9 03956 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04063 General Caine - Bomb Body General Caine Bomb Body 4Z9 04063 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04161 The S.O.S. Band - Tell Me If You Still Care The S.O.S. Band Tell Me If You Still Care 4Z9 04161 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04251 General Caine - Ooh, Aah General Caine Ooh, Aah 4Z9 04251 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 04991 The S.O.S. Band - For Your Love The S.O.S. Band For Your Love 4Z9 04991 US 1983 Sell This Version
4Z9 05003 Cherrelle - I Didn't Mean To Turn You On 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 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 Cherrelle Fragile...Handle With Care(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05069 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05094 Detroyt - Physical Lover 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 The S.O.S. Band No One's Gonna Love You (Single) 4Z9 05121 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05133 Cherrelle - When You Look In My Eyes Cherrelle When You Look In My Eyes(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05133 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05140 Alexander O'Neal - Innocent Alexander O'Neal Innocent(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05140 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05164 Detroyt - Back To Back Detroyt Back To Back(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 05164 US 1984 Sell This Version
4Z9 05165 Cherrelle - Like I Will (Tokyo Mix) 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) 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 Cherrelle You Look Good To Me (12" Extended Dance Mix)(12", Pit) Tabu Records 4Z9 05279 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05293 R.O.A.R. - We Gotta Do It 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 - Saturday Love (12 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 Alexander O'Neal What's Missing(12", Pit) Tabu Records 4Z9 05361 US 1985 Sell This Version
4Z9 05364 The S.O.S. Band - The Finest The S.O.S. Band The Finest(12", Pit) Tabu Records 4Z9 05364 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05386 Cherrelle - Artificial Heart / Oh No It's U Again 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 S.O.S. Band* Borrowed Love / Weekend Girl(12", Pit) Tabu Records 4Z9 05920 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 05937 Alexander O'Neal - You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl) 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 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 S.O.S. Band* No Lies(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 06030 US 1986 Sell This Version
4Z9 06763 Kathy Mathis - Late Night Hour (Special 12 Kathy Mathis Late Night Hour (Special 12" Mix)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 06763 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9-06788 Alexander O'Neal - Fake Alexander O'Neal Fake(12", Single) Tabu Records 4Z9-06788 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07460 Kathy Mathis - Baby I'm Hooked Kathy Mathis Baby I'm Hooked(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07460 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07469 Alexander O'Neal - Criticize Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07469 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07474 Mary Davis - Steppin' Out Mary Davis Steppin' Out 4Z9 07474 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07480 Alexander O'Neal - Criticize Alexander O'Neal Criticize(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07480 US 1987 Sell This Version
4Z9 07539 Alexander O'Neal Featuring Cherrelle - Never Knew Love Like This (Special 12 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 Kid Flash - Hot Like Fire Kid Flash Hot Like Fire(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07576 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07812 Alexander O'Neal - The Lovers (Special 12 Alexander O'Neal The Lovers (Special 12" Mixes)(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07812 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07848 Kid Flash - Love Thing Kid Flash Love Thing(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 07848 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 07853 Mark Anthony - 1919 Main Street 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 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 Kathy Mathis Got To Give It Up(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 08159 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 08160 Kid Flash - Mind Your Business Kid Flash Mind Your Business(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 08160 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68199 Cherrelle - Affair Cherrelle Affair(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68199 US 1988 Sell This Version
4Z9 68797 Cherrelle - What More Can I Do For You 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 Dezi Phillips Why You Wanna(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 68803 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 68842 Rhonda Clark - State Of Attraction 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 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 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 Dezi Phillips Didn't Do It(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73105 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73138 S.O.S. Band* - Secret Wish S.O.S. Band* Secret Wish(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73138 US 1989 Sell This Version
4Z9 73162 Demetrius Perry - Use Me Demetrius Perry Use Me(12") Tabu Records 4Z9 73162 US 1990 Sell This Version
4Z9 73164 Jamie J. Morgan - Walk On The Wild Side 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 - Take Your Time (Do It Right) / I Didn't Mean To Turn You On 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* - Just Be Good To Me / Changin' 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
07SP 1049 Alexander O'Neal - Fake Alexander O'Neal Fake (Single) 07SP 1049 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
12CDN-388 Alexander O'Neal - Criticize 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 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 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) 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 - Saturday Love 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 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 S.O.S Band* Borrowed Love(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 05920 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-05937 Alexander O'Neal - You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Not My Girl) 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 S.O.S. Band* - Even When You Sleep S.O.S. Band* Even When You Sleep(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 05954 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP 06030 S.O.S. Band* - No Lies S.O.S. Band* No Lies(12") Tabu Records 12EXP 06030 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
12EXP-06788 Alexander O'Neal - Fake Alexander O'Neal Fake(12") Tabu Records, Tabu Records 12EXP-06788 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
12STRUT009 Isaac Hayes / Brainstorm (5) - Ashley Beedle Re-Edit Series 001 Isaac Hayes / Brainstorm (5) Isaac Hayes / Brainstorm (5) - Ashley Beedle Re-Edit Series 001(12") Strut 12STRUT009 UK 2001 Sell This Version
15EP-8022 Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle - Tabu Nights Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle Alexander O'Neal & Cherrelle - Tabu Nights(CD, Mini, Comp) Tabu Records 15EP-8022 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5239 Cherrelle - Affair Cherrelle Affair(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5239 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5255 Mark Anthony - Jumpin' Off Mark Anthony Jumpin' Off(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5255 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5296 Alexander O'Neal - My Gift To You Alexander O'Neal My Gift To You(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5296 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5368 Cherrelle - Fragile Cherrelle Fragile(CD, Album) Tabu Records, CBS/Sony 25DP 5368 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5369 Cherrelle - High Priority Cherrelle High Priority(CD, Album) Tabu Records, CBS/Sony 25DP 5369 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5376 Alexander O'Neal - All Mixed Up Alexander O'Neal All Mixed Up (Album) 25DP 5376 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5377 S.O.S. Band* - The S.O.S. Band 1980-1987: The Hit Mixes S.O.S. Band* The S.O.S. Band 1980-1987: The Hit Mixes(CD, Comp) CBS/Sony, Tabu Records 25DP 5377 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5530 The S.O.S. Band - On The Rise The S.O.S. Band On The Rise(CD, Album, RE) Tabu Records 25DP 5530 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5531 The S.O.S. Band - Just The Way You Like It The S.O.S. Band Just The Way You Like It(CD, Album) Tabu Records 25DP 5531 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25DP 5532 The S.O.S. Band - Sands Of Time The S.O.S. Band Sands Of Time(CD, Album, RE) Tabu Records 25DP 5532 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
28AP 3373 Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay Alexander O'Neal Hearsay (Album) 28AP 3373 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AP3406 James Robinson - Guilty James Robinson Guilty(LP, Album) Tabu Records 28AP3406 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
35T 73363 Late Nite Magic* - Huneez Late Nite Magic* Huneez(Cass, Single) Tabu Records, Epic 35T 73363 US 1990 Sell This Version
35T73627 Alexander O'Neal - All True Man Alexander O'Neal All True Man(Cass, Single) Tabu Records 35T73627 US 1991 Sell This Version
35t 73880 Alexander O'Neal - The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.) Alexander O'Neal The Yoke (G.U.O.T.R.)(Cass, Single) Tabu Records 35t 73880 US 1991 Sell This Version
40 CBS 26294 Various - Oro Puro 5 Various Oro Puro 5(Cass, Comp, Mixed, Dol) CBS 40 CBS 26294 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
5394 Alexander O'Neal - The Voice On Video Alexander O'Neal The Voice On Video(VHS, Comp, PAL) Tabu Records 5394 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
08065 Andre Berryman (2) - Don't Play No Games Andre Berryman (2) Don't Play No Games(7") Tabu Records 08065 US 1988 Sell This Version
20390-2 Byron Stingily - Club Stories Byron Stingily Club Stories(CD, Album) Nervous Records 20390-2 US 2000 Sell This Version
49814-2 Alexander O'Neal - The Voice On Video 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. The S.O.S. Band S.O.S. (Album) 84445 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
364 002-1 The Wailers Band - Majestic Warriors The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors (Album) 364 002-1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 002-2 The Wailers Band - Majestic Warriors The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors(CD, Album) Tabu Records 364 002-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
364 002-4 The Wailers Band - Majestic Warriors The Wailers Band Majestic Warriors (Album) 364 002-4 Europe 1991 Sell This Version

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Teenagedirtbag24

Teenagedirtbag24

May 27, 2021
I have bought over 30 tabu cds and its a great way of discovering new artists.the only complaint is i dont want instrumentals or dubs or edits.