1979 Dynasty – Your Piece Of The Rock

Your Piece of the Rock is the debut album by the Los Angeles, California-based R&B group Dynasty (band). Released in 1979.

Dynasty was an American band, based in Los Angeles, California, created by producer and SOLAR Records label head Dick Griffey, and record producer Leon Sylvers III. The band was known for their dance/pop numbers during the late 1970s and 1980s. Keyboardist Kevin Spencer and vocalists Nidra Beard and Linda Carriere originally comprised the group.

The band’s debut album Your Piece of the Rock, released in 1979, yielded the band’s first R&B hit, “I Don’t Want to Be a Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)”. The track peaked at #20 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1979


1  Your Piece Of The Rock (Dick Griffey; Leon Sylvers; Foster Sylvers; Ricky Sylvers) 7:54
I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (Dick Griffey; Leon Sylvers; Nidra Beard) 7:23
3  Satisfied (Dick Griffey; Leon Sylvers; Gene Dozier) 7:09
4  Whene You Feel Like Giving Love (Dick Griffey; Leon Sylvers) 4:31
5  It’s Still A Thrill (Dick Griffey; Leon Sylvers) 5:21


BassLeon Sylvers
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarEarnest Reed
KeyboardsGene Dozier
KeyboardsJoey Gallo
KeyboardsKevin Spencer
French HornSidney Muldrow
SaxSonny Lewis
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TromboneCraig Kilby
TrumpetJohn Parrish
TrumpetOscar Brashear
PercussionKevin Spencer
PercussionLeon Sylvers


Cello – Larry Corbett, Miguel Martinez
Viola – Brenton Banks, Marilyn Baker, Rollice Dale
Violin – Gina Kronstadt, Haim Shtrum, Harris Goldman, Henry Roth, Jack Gootkin, Jerome Reisler, Jerome Webster, Robert Lipsett, William Henderson

Liner Notes

Producer – Leon Sylvers
Producer (Assistant) – Dynasty
Producer (Executive) – Dick Griffey
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – John Parrish (Track 3)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Leon Sylvers
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Foster Sylvers, Ricky Sylvers (Track 1)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Gene Dozier (Track 3)
Arranged By (Strings) – John Parrish (Tracks 1, 5)
Arranged By (Strings) – Gene Dozier (Tracks 2, 4)
Concertmaster, Violin – Janice Gower
Engineer – Bob Brown, Don Blake
Engineer (Mix) – Steve Hodge
Mastered By – Wally Traugott

Art Direction, Design – Tim Bryant
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Recorded At – Studio Masters
Mixed At – Westlake Audio
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering
Manufactured By – RCA Records
Distributed By – RCA Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Dick Griffey Productions
Copyright (c) – RCA Records
Recorded At – Studio Masters
Mixed At – Westlake Studios
Mastered At – Capitol Records
Mastered At – Capitol Mastering
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis