Lost but not least! Dynasty – Ice Breaker (SOLAR)
Flashback or… return to the future! We’re in the late 70’s / early 80’s, and Dick Griffey‘s label SOLAR seems unstoppable with groups such as Shalamar and The Whispers among others. The keyword/name of the label: Leon Frank Sylvers III! A vocalist, a bassist and the leader of The Sylvers, the man shaped a unique sound as a producer. I would tend to think he more or less opened the path to people such as Jam & Lewis and eventually Jazzie B & Nellee Hooper later on. With each of his works instantly identifiable. Enough for Griffey to establish him as the in-house producer of his label. On the heels of Shalamar, The Whispers and Lakeside, Dynasty pretty much added to SOLAR and Sylvers‘ fame. Further to their debut-album – ‘Your Piece Of the Rock’, which yielded their first R&B hit, ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)’, Dynasty came to higher recognition the year after with the 1980 released ‘Adventures In The Land Of Music’. They scored their biggest success ever back then with ‘I’ve Just Begun To Love You’. And they soon after maintained the pressure with ‘Do Me Right’ and ‘Here I Am’.
SOLAR nevertheless passed on ‘Ice Breaker’ for some reason. Such a shame, considering its undeniable appeal. With Sylvers crafting one of his most infectious grooves ever. And possibly his most devastating one for the label.
Somehow reminding of The Trammps‘s ‘Soul Bones’.
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’.
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.