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The Polygram "Funk Essentials" anthology of the fraternal Wilson trio from Tulsa that conquered the R&B charts in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Includes the -born Simmons brothers with all their greatest hits.

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Now that it's become mainstream, there's a lot of quality R&B around, but it's not until you go back and listen to veterans like the Gap Band that you realize what modern soul is often missing: raw funk. This collection includes some of the funkiest and smoothest tracks you'll ever hear. In fact, even if you've never heard old-school soul, you'll be familiar with the riffs and bass lines: they're the type of classics today's producers reference in almost every great party jam. Tracks like "Early in the Morning" and "Outstanding" are just ripe for sampling, and "Shake" and "Burn Rubber" throw you back in time, grooving on a dance floor and bobbin' your head. The adrenaline only slows for superslick ballads like "Yearning for Your Love." A blueprint for today's R&B. --Rebecca Wallwork

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listen  1. Early In The Morning (12" Version) 7:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. Outstanding (Original 12" Mix) 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) 5:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Yearning For Your Love 5:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Open Up Your Mind (Wide) 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You Dropped A Bomb On Me 5:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Can Count On Me 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops) 8:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Steppin' Out 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Humpin' 5:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Boys Are Back In Town 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: June 7, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001E54
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Music was a reminder of good times from college days.
Merle
This CD is overflowing with great tracks; funk and soul that was among the finest made in the 1980s.
Donald E. Gilliland
This Soul music is at his best excellent on the musicians side & the singing side is very funky.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MilesAndTrane on August 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album serves as a fine introduction into the modest funk from the Brothers Wilson. The Gap Band are not a band interested in showcasing their musical acumen, but rather, they want to get you onto the dance floor. However, their musicianship is still considerably impressive. They very well may be the only funk band that didn't give into the synthesizer craze of the early 80's. There are keyboards littered throughout the album, but they are complimented by jazzy, James Brown guitar licks, funky percussion and horn arrangements just as tight as Earth, Wind & Fire or the Ohio Players. Charlie Wilson's deep-throat holler vocals rank up there with Teddy Pendergrass or anyone like him. Also, many of their jams which are featured of this greatest hits compilation, "Burn Rubber On Me", "I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance", fortunately extend themselves in length beyond the usual radio friendly 4 minutes. What a gift it is to start off the album with the seminal "Early In The Morning", one of their greatest compositions. Tracks like "You Can Count On Me" also showcase their delicate ballads, but tearing up the dance floor is still their mission here.
How can any hard-core funk lovers resist this album when it closes with the quintessential early 80's classic "Party Train"? Alongside Barry White, the Gap Band also proves the potency that disco could of had. Your enjoyment with this album will certainly determine if the Gap Band are worth checking out on a larger scale.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on July 5, 2004
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When one purchases a compilation like "The Best of the Gap Band", one realizes how influential the 80's group was. Every major hit by the trio is represented here in its full-length glory. The order of songs is perfect for a party; for example, the first cut ("Early in the Morning" with its trademark "rooster call") starts the disc off and is followed by the mid-tempo "Shake" and the slower paced "Outstanding".
The fire starts again as "Burn Rubber On Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" ignites the set and leads into the soothing "Yearning for Your Love". The chart-topping "You Dropped A Bomb on Me" and "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!)" are two other classics that remind the listener of why these guys ruled the dance floors during the decade.
Along with Cameo, Parliament/Funkadelic, The Gap Band was the best at what they did: got folks and on the dance floor and kept them there!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ProudmamaDivaJ on November 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album will not disappoint anyone who remembers these brothers; I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in Greenville, S.C. twice during their heyday & MAN...they could tear up the stage sumthin' fierce!!!! Early In The Morning is my favorite cut off the whole album; Party Train a close second. As far as slow cuts go, Yearning For Your Love is one of my favorite Quiet Storm type songs to listen to. Charlie Wilson has one of the best voices I've ever heard, along with Howard Hewitt & Luther Vandross. I highly recommend this collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on March 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Talk about A Group that has Been Influential? Their Sound Has Been Sampled,Looped&Used for New Jack Swing among other R-N-B sounds over the Past 20 years.Charlie Wilson is One of The Most Influential Vocalists over The Last 25-30 years.these songs are still TIght to this day.such as Outstanding,Early in The Morning,Burn Rubber On Me (Why You wanna Hurt Me),Your Dropped a Bomb on Me,Steppin'Out,Party Train,&The Classic Slow Jam Yearning For Your Love.This is a Must.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. R SCOTT on February 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Get ready to be gaptized this band puts the f in funk they can sing, jam, dance, get down they can do it all this is a dynamic cd it conatins a lot of their old hits and I love this cd Charlie Wilson is outstanding he is very talented his voice can do wonders to a song for example "Computer Love" w/ Zapp and Roger I love this band and I would reccommend anyone who likes old school funk to buy this cd because it is slamming!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Scalabrino on February 26, 2006
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These guys belong in any true funk fans collection, right next to Kool and the Gang and Dazz Band. Especially fun is "Humpin'" and the dance floor breaker, "You Dropped a Bomb on Me".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reginald Mcinnis on November 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Gap Band was a very good R&B group in the early 80's and fans won't be disappointed with this best of CD, however the music of the Gap Band copied the P-Funk sound from the 70's and after a while the music was very repetitous and ran its course.Check out the songs "Humpin'","Burn Rubber","I Don't Believe You Want to Gep Up and Dance(Oops!)" all from the school of P-Funk albums...heavy synthesizer and throw away lyrics i.e."the bigger the headache the bigger the pill"(from Parliament's "Funkentelechy vs The Placebo Syndrome") nevertheless The Gap Band will always be remembered as one of the most successful R&B groups of the 80's
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ann Frederick on July 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD to replace the exact same one that I wore out - and no disk cleaners could bring it back - if that gives you any idea of how great this CD is.

Essential disk for any funk fan!
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