on August 15, 2006
Having recorded their debut album in the mid-70s for the Oklahoma-based Shelter Records (home to Leon Russell and Tom Petty's debut, among others), this Tulsa trio of brothers moved to Los Angeles and hooked-up with producer Lonnie Simmons. The result was decidedly funkier and turned out the 1979 breakthrough, "Shake." The band's sound evolved over several albums, from the horn-based influences of EW&T and Tower of Power, to harder P-Funk arrangements, replete with voiceovers and fictional radio stations.
Throughout the '80s the Gap Band minted a string of R&B chart hits, including "Steppin' Out," "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)" and "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)." Most commonly remembered today is their pop-chart crossover, "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," a song that's become part of the '80s music lexicon. The band's catalog is filled with party-time classics, including the Soul Train dance-line favorite, "Party Train," and the P-Funk styled "Jam the Motha." Slow jams like "Season's No Reason to Change" and the surprisingly poppy "The Boys are Back in Town" showed the brothers could play the soul ballads, too.
This double-CD is too rich for the casual fan who just wants a CD to get a party started (the "Ultimate" single disc collection will suffice for this), but for those wanting a generous helping of the band's lower charting singles, some album tracks and a few rare sides (including the title theme to the film "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"), this is a good one-stop alternative to tracking down the original albums. (Collector's note: "Open Up Your Mind" and "I Don't Believe" are presented here in their edited single forms, rather than the original album-length tracks.) [©2006 hyperbolium dot com]
now the early Gap Band stuff was real Funky. the Synth Grooves&overall rhythms were always on point. Gap Band always had jams in the Summer that would rock a Bar B Que Cook out. but the vocal depth of the one&Only Charlie Wilson is what truly made the Whole Gap Sound shine&remain timeless. the interesting thing about the Gap Band is that while they were near the end of Funk Movement, a whole new Generation that was making Music Called New Jack Swing used the Gap Band as a Blue-Print in terms of Vocals, harmony&Overall stylings&Sounds. I dig the Gappers Era from late 70's through about 84. but the jams on here Bring back all the good times. glad to see First Name Charlie, Last Name Wilson still going strong.
on November 28, 2011
If you love the the GAP band and looking to get a greatest hits compilation,this is probably the one to get. It has the hits you know and some slept on tunes( I Found My Baby, Disrespect, for example ). Lead singer Charlie Wilson is outstanding ( no pun intended)and you can hear P-Funk influences on their early sound as they gradually created their own identifiable funk mark. Not disappointing at all.
on February 8, 2007
While I would have like to see "I'm in Love" from Gap Band I & a couple more songs from Gap Band III, this IS the best collection of the Gap Band currently out there. Rather then just focusing on the early (IE Mercury Records) recordings, we get a full look at the band's career up to 1990 (Charlie Wilson's early 1990s solo singles finishes up the collection)