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Gap Band 2

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Three brothers from Tulsa, Robert, Charles, and Ronnie Wilson, got their start backing another Tulsa native, Leon Russell. Though this unlikely pairing helped get the Wilson Brothers their first record deal on Russell's Shelter label, it also hurt them as they were initially perceived as a rock group. In 1979 they hooked up with black impresario Lonnie Simmons and signed to his Total Experience label which cast them in a straightforward funk light. II broke them nationwide out of their Southeast stronghold, becoming their first gold album, and contains a number of funky jams modeled on the popular P-Funk style of the day, but it was "I Don't Believe You Want to Dance (oops!)" and "Steppin' (out)" that gave the group back-to-back Top 10 R&B singles. --Tom Vickers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001FBA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is genuinely the first 5 star album from The Gap Band. Only a couple of ballads, mostly straight funkin around on this release. The Boys Are Back In Town is a ballad that is worthy of five stars in and of it's self. I can be hard on funk ballads but this one is hard on me. It is just written very well. Again the rest of it is pretty rocking though. This is a must have album for funk fans.
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The Wilson brothers self titled Mercury debut early in 1979 was definitely a creative success for the band. Yet their grooves were still a bit abstract in some ways for either an R&B/pop chart audience. In a time when an artist/band could easily make two fully formed albums per year,and when that sort of creative process was also in the position to be accepted,The Gap Band recorded their second album for Mercury later in the year looking to expand their music outward a bit from where it was. Not to mention give their style of soulful funk something more of an individual stamp as well. The result would be one of a series of numerically titled albums extending up to the middle of the 80's that would creatively and commercially keep the funk/soul audience on it's feet with their ears open.

"Steppin' Out" opens the album and already it's apparent that Robert Wilson's bass/guitar interaction is going to be as upfront in the production,along with their percussive sound,as the horns were going to be. Not to mention the element of implicitly satirical goofball humor,sort of a Southern variation on the P-Funk attitude with "I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance". This eight minute,Mothership friendly funk extravaganza became The Gap Band's breakthrough hit-helping to define not only their sound but their humor as well. "Who Do You Call" and "Party Lights" both offer up fast and furious call-and-response type funk-again heavy on the bass/guitar aspect of it. As far as the ballads on this album? Well that's altogether another matter.
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I purchased this music in remembrance of my nephew. When this album first came out he was the one who turned me on to it. RIP Keith Tillis Sr.
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Good Music, Thank You
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very good
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