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Thread started 03/15/18 12:56am

SoulAlive

Solar Records appreciation

I just recently ordered two CDs that were released on Solar Records in the 80s: Adventures In The Land Of Music by Dynasty (1980) and Love For Love by The Whispers (1983).I seem to be going through a Solar Records phase right now smile I'm collecting some of the finest music from that record label,which was very popular in the late 70s and throughout most of the 80s.What were your favorites?

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Reply #1 posted 03/15/18 1:00am

SoulAlive

the two hit singles from the Dynasty CD that I ordered.....

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Reply #2 posted 03/15/18 1:01am

SoulAlive

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Reply #3 posted 03/15/18 1:37am

SoulAlive

70s funk flashback: "It's All The Way Live" by Lakeside (1978)

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Reply #4 posted 03/15/18 1:40am

SoulAlive

70s disco flashback: "Dance With You" by Carrie Lucas (1979)

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Reply #5 posted 03/15/18 9:35am

Hamad

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Is there a thorough box set that compiles the label's hits? I have different compilations from individual artists of the label.

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Reply #6 posted 03/15/18 12:43pm

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This deserves a book and/or documentary series. It was the closest thing to Motown on the west coast.

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Reply #7 posted 03/15/18 2:23pm

Comser

My favorite old school label (even more so than Motown)
Midnight Star, Shalamar, The Deele, The Whispers, Lakeside, Dynasty
some I like the best:
Freak-A-Zoid
Headlines
Operator
Wet My Whistle
Midas Touch
Don’t Rock The Boat
Do It (One More Time)
Scientific Move
Do The Prep
Curious
Make That Move
The Second Time Around
Dead Giveaway
Dancing In The Sheets
Full Of Fire
A Night To Remember
I Can Make You Feel Good
Friends
And The Beat Goes On
Rock Steady
It’s A Love Thing
Some Kind Of Lover
Emergency
Material Thangs
Body Talk
Two Occasions
Eyes Of A Stranger
Fantastic Voyage
Restrictions
Outrageous
Raid
Make My Day
Check It Out
Here I Am
Strokin’
Questions
Show Me Where You’re Coming From
All Turned Out
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Reply #8 posted 03/16/18 12:57am

SoulAlive

Hamad said:

Is there a thorough box set that compiles the label's hits? I have different compilations from individual artists of the label.

There are a couple of multi-disc box sets that I know of.....this is one of them

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Reply #9 posted 03/16/18 1:03am

SoulAlive

There is also this one.....a 6-CD box set

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Reply #10 posted 03/16/18 1:26am

SoulAlive

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Reply #11 posted 03/16/18 1:29am

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Reply #12 posted 03/16/18 2:22am

Adorecream

Don't really know much about the other acts except the Sylvers, who were well past their best by this stage, but I love me some Shalamar. Their music was sweet and melodic and yet it was funky and catchy too. Plus it helped that Jody Watley was such a fox, Howard could sing and Jeffrey could dance his ass off and had that big ass Afro well into the 80s until he got it made into a flat top in 1982.

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This is the guy who taught MJ the moonwalk. The new guys in Shalamar (Micki Free and that other chick) never lived up to the high standards set by Jody and Jeffrey.

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Reply #13 posted 03/16/18 2:25am

SoulAlive

Adorecream said:

Don't really know much about the other acts except the Sylvers, who were well past their best by this stage, but I love me some Shalamar. Their music was sweet and melodic and yet it was funky and catchy too. Plus it helped that Jody Watley was such a fox, Howard could sing and Jeffrey could dance his ass off and had that big ass Afro well into the 80s until he got it made into a flat top in 1982.

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This is the guy who taught MJ the moonwalk. The new guys in Shalamar (Micki Free and that other chick) never lived up to the high standards set by Jody and Jeffrey.

speaking of Jeffrey.....check out his amazing dancing skills in this clip...Wow!!

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Reply #14 posted 03/16/18 7:46am

Cinny

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I found out about Solar Records' act COLLAGE through Queen Latifah and 45 King using their "Get In Touch With Me" bassline (on "Princess Of The Posse"). cool

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Reply #15 posted 03/16/18 10:22am

mrwiggles

Definitely a good groove and distinctive catchy sound. A recent Wax Poetics did a feature on Leon Sylvers III and blew the roof off the whole Solar situation.
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Reply #16 posted 03/16/18 1:56pm

Comser

Now my favorite Solar albums...
No Parking On The Dance Floor
Three For Love
Meeting In The Ladies Room
Headlines
Friends
The Look
Right Back At Cha
Midnight Star
Planetary Invasion
Outrageous
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Reply #17 posted 03/16/18 2:11pm

SoulAlive

"Body Talk" by The Deele (1984)

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Reply #18 posted 03/16/18 4:05pm

UnderMySun

mrwiggles said:

Definitely a good groove and distinctive catchy sound. A recent Wax Poetics did a feature on Leon Sylvers III and blew the roof off the whole Solar situation. [Edited 3/16/18 10:23am]

Unsung definitely needs to an episode on Solar Records & Leon Sylvers.

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Reply #19 posted 03/16/18 4:16pm

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Even though I was basically still a kid I really loved and appreciated SOLAR records a lot and was a huge fan of the Midnight Star albums, especially Planetary Invasion.

When I think of SOLAR records I think of funky bass and synthlines, eccentric 80s clothes and jheri curls. I really miss that era and that look.

I think music started going downhill when people stopped sporting the jheri curl style.

A good friend of mine owns a bar and Midnight Star paid him an after concert visit in their original line-up. I still regret that I missed out on that opportunity.

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Reply #20 posted 03/17/18 9:40pm

ReddBlitz

Solar Records was responsible in launching Death Row Records.
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Reply #21 posted 03/17/18 11:15pm

SoulAlive

just a heads up: I got my Whispers Love For Love CD in the mail today.This album (and other Solar titles) is on a label called Unidisc.I believe it's a Canadian record label that specializes in reissues.The sound quality is fantastic!! It's a crisp,powerful remaster.I played it in the car and the music just "jumps out" at you biggrin

tonight......we're gonna paint the town.....no more messin' around headbang

I can't wait to order some more Solar CDs on Unidisc.This CD sounds incredible!!

Image result for the whispers love for love CD

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Reply #22 posted 03/18/18 2:02am

JoeyC

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SoulAlive said:

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Nice. And i loved SOLAR Records.

Thanks for the memories!

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Reply #23 posted 03/18/18 9:53am

RJOrion

Solar Records AKA Leon Sylvers III Inc...dude is the short list of greatest funk/r&b producers of all time...too many hits...Dick Griffey made mad millions with Leon Sylvers dropping off hits left and right...even album cuts that werent hits were slamming...for several different acts...b4 jimmy & terry and b4 babyface & LAReid, Leon Sylvers was R&B's go-to producer if you needed a hit right quick
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Reply #24 posted 03/18/18 10:04am

RJOrion

"Love Me Like This" - Real To Reel
"Meet Me Halfway There" - Glenn Jones
"Youre The One For Me" - Krystol
"Keep On Lovin Me" - The Whispers
"Tonight" - The Whispers

just a few LSIII productions that werent big hits but i STILL play regularly with ZERO loss of appreciation over the years...
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Reply #25 posted 03/18/18 10:10am

RJOrion

and i would be remiss if i didnt mention Mr. Sylvers bass guitar wizardry...so melodic,and funky, but no too busy or overbearing...the basslines on those first 3 Sylvers albums was some virtuoso stuff... JDilla (RIP) sampled the hell out those early Sylvers joints
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Reply #26 posted 03/18/18 11:53am

SoulAlive

There needs to be some kind of documentary or Unsung episode on Solar Records.I'd like to know the whole story.There were times in the 80s when it appeared that Solar was giving Motown a run for their money,lol....one hit after another.

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Reply #27 posted 03/18/18 12:04pm

RJOrion

"Adventures In The Land Of Music" - Dynasty
"Show Me Where Youre Coming From" - Carrie Lucas
"Bizarre" - The Sylvers
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Reply #28 posted 03/18/18 3:15pm

ReddBlitz

Still to this day, I haven't seen a record label in the traditions of SOLAR to ever produce and successfully to have an all female band as like it did with KLYMAXX.
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Reply #29 posted 03/18/18 3:26pm

SoulAlive

ReddBlitz said:

Still to this day, I haven't seen a record label in the traditions of SOLAR to ever produce and successfully to have an all female band as like it did with KLYMAXX.

nod Klymaxx was truly one of a kind....an all-female R&B/funk band.

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