Adventures in the Land of Music

Adventures in the Land of Music

by DynastyDynasty

CD(Canadian Import)

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By 1980, it was obvious that Dick Griffey's Solar Records had as distinctive and recognizable a sound as Motown and Stax in the 1960s or Philadelphia International in the 1970s. Put on just about any late-'70s or early- to mid-'80s recording by the Whispers, Shalamar, Midnight Star, or Dynasty, and it only takes a few notes to realize that you're listening to a Solar recording. Dynasty wasn't as big as the Whispers or Shalamar, but the Los Angeles-based vocal group did enjoy a few hits and made some valuable contributions to the Solar catalog. Adventures in the Land of Music, which came out on vinyl in 1980 and was reissued on CD by the Canadian Unidisc label in 2001, is Dynasty's second album -- and it is arguably the group's most essential. Adventures contains the Angelinos' biggest hit, "I've Just Begun to Love You," as well as the equally danceable single "Do Me Right," but the singles aren't the only things that make this album produced by Leon Sylvers III worth owning -- Adventures also contains a lot of memorable album tracks, which range from dance-oriented numbers like "Ice Breaker," "Day and Night," and "Groove Patrol" to the soul ballad "Take Another Look at Love." Dynasty is best remembered for up-tempo dance and disco-funk material, but "Take Another Look at Love" demonstrates that the group was quite capable of handling romantic soul ballads. Because Dynasty favored a lot of male/female vocal interaction and was so Solar-sounding, the group was often compared to another part-male, part-female group, Shalamar. But Dynasty had an appealing identity of its own, and that identity serves the quartet well on this excellent sophomore effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2001
Label: Unidisc Records
UPC: 0068381405425
catalogNumber: 4054
Rank: 9608

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dynasty   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Leon Sylvers   Bass
Kevin Spencer   Keyboards,Vocals
Nidra Beard   Vocals
Linda Carriere   Vocals
Joey Gallo   Keyboards
Janice Gower   Concert Master
Harvey Mason   Percussion
Wardell Potts   Drums
Richard Randolph   Guitar
Ernest "Pepper" Reed   Guitar
William Shelby   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Stephen Shockley   Guitar
Rick Smith   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Gene Dozier   Keyboards
Dan Myers   Background Vocals
Kenny Hutson   Percussion
Wayne Milstein   Percussion
Mark Philpart   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Leon Sylvers   Producer
Bob Brown   Engineer
Dick Griffey   Executive Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Gene Dozier   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Nick Sangiamo   Cover Photo
Henry Vizcarra   Art Direction
Dennis Mukai   Illustrations
Ben Wright   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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