Classics: Dynasty – Here I Am (SOLAR)
From Dynasty‘s 1981 ‘The Second Adventure’ set. An album which, unlike its title may suggest, wasn’t their second, but their third. The brilliant ‘Here I Am’ most likely stands as its definitive highlight. Meanwhile adding much to the credit of producer Leon F Sylvers III‘s instantly identiable sound. With lush and brilliant arrangements over a killer bumpin’ bassline. As many ingredients one could also find on Shalamar and The Whispers‘ gems at the time. Not to mention an outstanding sound treatment. With the whole standing as Sylvers‘ trademark.
From a sadly overlooked album, ‘Here I Am’ didn’t generate the same following as compared to ‘I’ve Just Begun to Love You’ though. Of course we won’t change history. Even tough a quick listen suffices to realize how it would have deserved a greater exposure. Don’t you think?
The brainchild of Griffey and Sylvers, Dynasty saw the light by the end of the 70’s. From the reunion of long time friends Linda Carriere and Nidra Beard with keyboardist Kevin Spencer. The group would soon after see the arrivals of William Shelby (uncredited on their first album), Richard Randolph then Leon Sylvers (from 1981).
Despite an abvious impact, Dynasty never reached the status of labelmates Shalamar, The Whispers or Lakeside (to a lesser extend). They nevertheless happened to sporadically get into the first league, beginning with ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak’. But also ‘I’ve Just Begun To Love You’ and ‘Here I Am’, if not ‘Do Me Right’.Meanwhile SOLAR surprisingly passed on givin’ the infectious ‘Ice Breaker’ for some obscure reason…
Dynasty finally disbanded soon after the release of their 1988 released ‘Out Of control’ album, with new comers L.A. & Babyface takin’ on where Sylvers left productionwise.