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Audio CD, April 6, 1993
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listen  2. You Can Count On Me 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Open Up Your Mind (Wide) 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Messin' With My Mind 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Baby Baba Boogie 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I'm In Love 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Got To Get Away 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Can Sing 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000001FB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 28, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
Following their introduction with Leon Russell the G.A.P Band (apparently standing for Greenwood,Archer & Pine) recorded two little known albums before taking up with Lonnie Simmons on his Total Experience imprint on the Mercury Label-who were than enormously influential on the funk world with the Ohio Players,Con Funk Shun and The Bar-Kays. So here we were with what some seem to be funk's musical answer to Traffic in the sense it consisted of three multi-instrumentalists. Of course there the comparison comes to an abrupt halt as this is a trio of brothers who have a very obvious front man in singer/songwriter/keyboardist Charlie Wilson. Of course being on a larger label,and geared in a more radio friendly direction how would the Gap Band present themselves on this label debut? The results were surprising.

The opener "Shake" is flat out,mid 70's horn based "foot stomping" funk about dancing away the doldrums of lower middle class life. Of the ballads,the most obviously radio friendly would be "You Can Count On Me" and the closer "I Can Sing",expressing creative liberation. "I'm In Love" has a beautifully orchestrated dynamic showcasing a ballad sound wherein the Wilson's had a jumping off point for a strong musical vision outside just uptempo funk numbers. On the other hand "Open Your Mind (Wide)" and "Messin' With My Mind" showcase an intricate,rather jazzy funk approach somewhat closer to their more abstract grooves of their immediate post Leon Russell era,if quite a bit slicker production wise. "Baby Baba Boogie" goes from a disco-dance friendly Brass Construction-like fast funk production polished off to a tee.

"Got To Get Away" is another strong number-a highly catchy and melodic showcase for the horn based groove that began the album.
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Format: Audio CD
In early 1979 the Gap now reduced down to a trio hooked up with L.A. producer/labelowner and came out with their self titled debut on Mercury Records. This was their second self titled after and third album overall after being signed to fellow Tulsa native Leon Russell's Shelter Records. The first two album featured a different lineup and consisted of eleven other members, but the albums sold poorly therefore they had to come up with another plan for group. After hooking up with Lonnie Simmons they knew they found the right producer to start them off with a classic album. The first single "Shake" was very diso-ish and found a home in discos across the country along with "Baby Baby Boogie" with it's four on the floor drum beat and female background singers basically repeating the same chant throughout the song. But this album is also filled with some great ballads such as "You Can Count On Me" and "I'm In Love" which is my favorite song off this album and is also cover beautifully by Mary J. Blige twenty years later on her Mary album (although I do love the Gap Bands version much better). There's really no hardcore funk tunes on here unless you include "Shake" and "Open Up Your Mind (Wide)" with the latter being more on the midtempo side with it's great bass work played by Robert Wilson. Label owner Lonnie Simmon displays some great production throughout the album with the great Charlie Wilson handling keyboards,drums, and all lead vocals with brother Ronnie on piano,trumpet,fluglehorn, and trumpet. This album also has some superb horn and string work and excellent session musicians such as sax player Don Myrick who's also known for playing with Earth Wind & Fire. But to sum it up great way to comeback with an awesome major label debut and just the beginning of a marvelous body of work while at Mercury/Total Experience Records.
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By Andre' S Grindle on September 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the oldest Gap Band title around but who can resist
great funk like "Shake" and "Open Your Mind (Wide)"-you can't.And
the rest of the album surely indicates the their is a commercialy
accessible sound in the Gap dynamic that will serve to make them
a force to contend with in years to come.Only the silly clished
disco of "Baby Baba Boogie" is a might trying but who cares-it
still works!
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