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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B000001F9P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the album that brought it all together for the Brothers Wilson, and made the Gap Band a force to reckon with in both the R&B and pop worlds. The album contains two killer funk jams, both reaching the top of the R&B charts--"Early in the Morning" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me." But both songs also crossed over to become Top 40 pop hits, making the Gap Band a huge concert attraction. The other standout is the ballad "Outstanding," another NO. 1 in R&B. Of all the Gap Band albums to get, this is the strongest, with the exception of their hits collection. Great for gettin' down on the dance floor or the bedroom--take your pick. --Tom Vickers

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The BEST purchase I could have ever made.
Audrey Y Brown
Particularly, if you're listening, "Early in The Morning!" Also try Gap Band III, another winnnnnner!!!
Mark Urso
Their fourth album, appropriately titled THE GAP BAND IV, turned out to be the biggest one yet.
33-year old wallflower

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Olukayode Balogun on March 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
There's not much that I can add to all the glowing reviews below but I have to say that back in the day, these were the dudes, for real. Alongside other real bands like Cameo, Kool & The Gang, The Brothers Johnson, Brass Construction & Skyy (just to name a couple), the Gap Band made sure we kept dancing back in the late 70s and early 80s. Lead singer Charlie Wilson, himself clearly influenced by soul legends that had preceded him, was a huge influence on many great singers that were yet to come; people like Keith Sweat, R. Kelly, Joe and all those who have followed on from them. All these guys have had huge success with Charlie's style though not one of them was as good as the original, in my opinion. That was clear to anyone who had ears when Charlie appeared alongside Justin Timberlake on the recent Snoop Dogg single "Signs", even though his performance is often not even credited.

This 1982 monster was full of the good stuff. "Early In The Morning" (with that iconic crowing cockerel intro and its wild guitar solo) was one of my favourite tunes ever and still is. "Outstanding" is a classic that surely needs no introduction and as for "You Dropped A Bomb On Me", boy... I wonder if anyone would find it possible to resist this kind of music even now?

But their mid-tempo ballads were equally magnificent. "Seasons No Reason To Change", with its brilliant piano-led intrumental outro & "Stay With Me", are both heartfelt and incredibly soulful. I also really love the flugelhorn-driven "I Can't Get Over You".

The album was produced by Lonnie Simmonds and I feel a need to reiterate the fact that this trio of brothers were a proper band, playing live instruments - something that hardly exists anymore.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Ford on December 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
After Gap Band III, I didn't think The Gap Band could get no better. But damn!!!! they just came out of nowhere and knocked out all competition that were dropping albums around the time this one dropped. I remember hearing that rooster crow for the first time on Early In The Morning and the bass just dropped. And I was like, these boys ain't playing. And how can I forget about Outstanding. Just like Yearning For Your Love, this track was classy and funky at the same time. And I thought Lonely Like Me was an overlooked classic jam. Go get you a copy so you can reminisce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Blaske on October 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
What can I say about this album? It's the one that gained the gappers Mainstream Popularity & Mass Critical Acclaim. Words can't describe how much Musical Ingenuity the Gap Band Mastered. These Guyz were more than just a group;They were the Epitome of Soul & Funk Music. They always carried the Torch for Funk back in the day & kept The Funk Alive when many people thought Funk had fell off & was dead. The Gappers still reign as the Icons of that genre. Anyways about Gap Band IV,I can sum it up in so many words: sensational,superb,stunning....The list goes on & on. But let's get straight to the point,this album contains some of their biggest hits. It includes "Early In The Morning" with its outlandish,Synth basslines,The Exquisite Slow Jam Stunner,"Stay With Me",The Mesmerizing,Multi-Faceted Musical Masterpiece known as "Outstanding"(a dance groove & a slow jam rolled into one) & of course the boomin' & bombastic Monster Funk of "You Dropped a Bomb On Me". Also "Season's No Reason To Change" is another great R&B Ballad that emulates nothing but Pure Soul. Charlie Wilson's Voice is Rich,Textured & Emotive throughout the entire disc. And man What a Gift these Brothers have for melodies & songwriting. They really know how to compose a song that leaves a lasting impression on the listener. Don't sleep on the lesser known tracks on this disc. "Lonely Like Me","I Can't Get Over You" & the Almighty Groove of "Talkin' Back" keep the Jamz Commin' and hold their own amongst all the Mega Hits here. Bottom Line: The Gap Band's songs are Soulful & Sharp-Witted and their Musicianship is the Tightest,so pick up this album & all their others too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 33-year old wallflower on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
No doubt about it, George Clinton and his Parliafunkadelicament Thang are responsible for creating some of the funkiest sounds on earth. In the '70s nobody could touch them, not even the more pop-friendly Ohio Players. But when Clinton's congregation began splintering in the 1980s, the only likely contenders to the funky throne were three brothers from Oklahoma: the Wilsons, better known as the Gap Band. They released their first album in 1977, at the height of Clinton-mania, so naturally it got lost in the shuffle. By their second album, they had established themselves with hits like "Steppin' Out", "Oops, Upside Your Head" and "Burn Rubber". The latter was their first #1 R&B hit, proving their superstar status throughout the R&B world. Their fourth album, appropriately titled THE GAP BAND IV, turned out to be the biggest one yet. This time, they won 3 #1 hits, all funky dance epics: "Early In The Morning" (later a top 20 pop hit for Robert Palmer), "Outstanding" (I dare you not to start swaying at the song's outset), and "You Dropped A Bomb On Me" (the most Clinton-esque song of the bunch). All three have been sampled to death by rappers, but there's no beating the real things, except for maybe Palmer's version of "Early In The Morning", which the Gap Band actually prefers over their own. While George Clinton emphasized the funk, the Wilson brothers (Ronnie, Charlie, and Robert) had a romantic streak in them as well. "Yearning for Your Love" was a delightful change of pace for them on their third album, and proved to the world they were no Parliament-Funkadelic knockoffs.Read more ›
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