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The Gap Band IV

December 8, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Release Date: December 8, 2009
  • Label: Special Products
  • Copyright: (C) 1982 Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 42:09
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  • ASIN: B002Y5QRA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,677 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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With their previous two albums The Gap Band were moving more and more towards becoming what I call a "number one funk" type of band,basically mainstays on the R&B but more than capable of delivering Top 10-20 pop hits. In terms of their popular success this album is likely their most successful overall and landed more pop hits than any other Gap Band album. Of course the reason most would likely be inclined towards this album is because of three musically potent smashes-"Early In The Morning","You Dropped A Bomb On Me" and the more restrained sophistifunk of "Outstanding". The thing that surprised in my first listening to this is how much the rest of this album is geared toward poppy numbers such as the ballad "Seasons No Reason To Change" and two soulful...almost soft rock style tunes such as "Lonely Like Me" and "Stay With Me"-both sound like a cross between Steve Winwood and Seals & Croft as done by an R&B group and were a bit surprising considering how soulful and funky I usually think of the Wilson brothers as.

"I Can't Get Over You" is a more mid-tempo R&B ballad with a great flugelhorn solo and the album concludes with the witty return to the P-Funk based style in "Talkin' Back". For those going into the album expecting something based on the proto Southern bass hip-hop funk grooves of the albums two main hits mentioned earlier,as actually I did will be surprised how slick,glossy and softer the rest of this album is. It's a more mature effort for them,not that any of their previous releases were childish or uneven by any means. But there's a certain type of polish here that found them in something of a transition between their rougher 70's edges that they generally continued on the previous album.
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