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SOLAR (acronym for Sound of Los AngelesRecords was an American record label founded in 1977 by Dick Griffey. SOLAR began in 1975 as Soul Train Records, founded by Dick Griffey and Soul Train creator Don Cornelius. The first act they signed was an R&B vocal quartet they named The Soul Train Gang (Gerald Brown, Terry Brown, Judy Jones, Patricia Williamson, and later Denise Smith). Griffey formed a collective called Shalamar, using a host of session singers to record “Uptown Festival,” a disco-length medley of early Motown hits. 

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    Carrie Lucas - Still in Love

    Solar Records

    A fine blend of sweet and simple ballads and softly textured dance grooves, Lucas' fifth set is her strongest collection. The oft-sampled, hard-to-...

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    Carrie Lucas - Street Corner Symphony

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    A Los Angeles vocalist, Carrie Lucas' light, feathery voice made several Solar singles in the '80s. Lucas was the girlfriend of Solar head Dick Gri...

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    The Whispers - So Good

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    So Good is the thirteenth studio album by American R&B/Soul vocal group The Whispers, Released on July 26, 1984 via SOLAR Records. This album r...

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    Lakeside - Untouchables

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    A concept album by Lakeside; the album cover shows the group as FBI agents; features the big hits, "Raid" and "Real Love".

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    The Deele - An Invitation to Love

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    An Invitation to Love is Cincinnati R&B band, The Deele's fourth and final studio album released under SOLAR records in 1993.  Carlos Greene an...

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    Absolute - For All Seasons

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    For All Seasons is the sole studio album by American dance-pop duo Absolute, released in 1990 and produced by Dennis Nelson (Lakeside, The Temptati...

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    The Whispers - Love Is Where You Find It

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    Love Is Where You Find It is the eleventh studio album by American R&B/soul group, the Whispers, released on April 5, 1981 by SOLAR Records. It...

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    The Whispers - Greatest Hits

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    The first greatest hits compilation album for the prolific R&B group, The Whispers. The Whispers are an American group from California who have...

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    Shalamar - Circumstantial Evidence

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    Circumstantial Evidence is the ninth album by American R&B group Shalamar, produced by L.A. Reid & Babyface, Jerry Peters, and Klymaxx foun...

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    Lakeside - Your Wish Is My Command

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    Their third album to reach the R&B Top Ten, Your Wish Is My Command found Lakeside in fine fettle. Portrayed on the cover as be-turbaned geni...

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    Calloway - All the Way

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    All the Way is the debut studio album from sibling duo Vincent and Reggie Calloway, better known as Calloway. Released in 1989, the album contained...

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    Lakeside - Power

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    Produced by band guitarist Stephen Shockley, Power was Lakeside's last nationally charting album. Issued during the waning years of R&B bands, ...

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    Shalamar - The Look

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    The Look is the seventh album by American R&B group Shalamar, released in 1983 on the SOLAR label. It is the last Shalamar album to feature the...

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    The Whispers - Love For Love

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    Love for Love is the twelfth studio album by the American R&B/Soul vocal group The Whispers, released in 1983 by SOLAR Records. The Whispers ar...

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    The Soul Train Gang - My Cherie Amour

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    The group was founded in 1975 when Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey founded Soul Train Records. They’ve decided to create a R&B vocal quintet cal...

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    Lakeside - Keep On Moving Straight Ahead

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    Formed in 1969, US vocalists Tiemeyer McCain, Thomas Oliver Shelby, Otis Stokes and Mark Woods were augmented by an instrumental unit comprising St...

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    Midnight Star - The Beginning

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    Midnight Star was a synth-funk group that had a string of R&B hits in the '80s. The group was formed in 1976 at Kentucky State University by t...

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    Carrie Lucas - Portrait of Carrie

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    Perhaps her most characteristically varied outing, Carrie Lucas' fourth album ranges in tone from the jovial light funk of "Career Girl" to the ser...

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    Lakeside - Rough Riders

    Solar Records

    Rough Riders is the third album by Lakeside. Released in 1979 on the SOLAR Records label, it was produced by Dick Griffey, Lakeside, and Leon Sylve...

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    The Whispers - Happy Holidays to You

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    "Happy Holidays To You" is the tenth studio album by the prolific R&B group The Whispers.  The Whispers are an American group from California ...

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    The Whispers - Life and Breath

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    "Life and Breath" is the third full length studio album from the prolific group The Whispers, released in 1972. The Whispers are an American group...

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    The Whispers - Bingo

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    Bingo is the fourth studio album by The Whispers. Released in 1974, this would be their final album for Janus Records before they moved over Don Co...

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    The Whispers - Headlights

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    Headlights is an album by The Whispers released in 1978 on the SOLAR Records label. This album charted at number 22 on the Billboard Soul Albums ch...

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    Shalamar - Wake Up

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    Shalamar is a Grammy award winning American R&B and soul music vocal group active since the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Shalamar's cla...

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    Collage - Greatest Hits

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    The group was founded in Los Angeles in 1980. The members consisted of Albert De Gracia (piano), Dean Boysen (trumpet and flugelhorn), Emilio Cones...

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    Carrie Lucas - Horsin' Around

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    A Los Angeles vocalist, Carrie Lucas' light, feathery voice made several Solar singles in the '80s. Lucas was the girlfriend of Solar head Dick Gri...

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    Various Artists - Galaxy of Stars Live

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    An interesting time capsule, The Solar Galaxy of Stars Live—which documented a stop on the successful 1980 tour of the same name—captured Solar Re...

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    Various Artists - The Solar System, Vol. 2

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    SOLAR (acronym for Sound of Los Angeles) Records was an American record label founded in 1977 by Dick Griffey, reconstituted out of Soul Train Rec...

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    Lakeside - Shot of Love

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    Shot of Love has often been called Lakeside's debut album, but in fact, it was Lakeside's second. Fueling the success of this album (which first ca...

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    Dynasty - The Best of

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    The creation of producer/label-head Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers, this Los Angeles band did light funk and clever dance-pop numbers in the late '7...

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    Carrie Lucas - Simply Carrie

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    Simply Carrie is the debut album by Carrie Lucas. The album features two of her early hits "Gotta Get Away From Your Love" and "I Gotta Keep Dancin...

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    The Whispers - Whisper in Your Ear

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    Whisper in Your Ear is an album by The Whispers released in 1979 on the SOLAR Records label. This album peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Soul A...

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    The Whispers - Open Up Your Love

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    Dynasty - Your Piece of the Rock

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    The creation of producer/label-head Dick Griffey and Leon Sylvers, this Los Angeles band did light funk and clever dance-pop numbers in the late '7...

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    Shalamar - Disco Gardens

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    Disco Gardens (1978), which featured the hit "Take That to the Bank”, is Shalamar’s second full length album. The Band continued their stretch of s...

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    Shalamar - Friends (CD)

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    ***This release is only available in Canada, United States and South Africa*** Track List: 1. A Night to Remember 2. Don't Try to Change Me 3. Hel...

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