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Gap Band IV is the sixth album (contrary to the title) by The Gap Band, released in 1982 on Total Experience Records. The album reached #1 on the Black Albums chart and #14 on the Pop Albums chart, achieved platinum status, and is considered their most successful project.

Gap Band IV
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Studio album by The Gap Band
Released May 17, 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Studio Total Experience Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, soul, funk
Length 42:05
Label Total Experience
Producer Lonnie Simmons
The Gap Band chronology
The Gap Band III
(1980)The Gap Band III1980
Gap Band IV
(1982)
Gap Band V: Jammin'
(1983)Gap Band V: Jammin'1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

The album produced the singles "Early in the Morning" (#1 Black Singles, #13 Club Play Singles, #24 Pop Singles), "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (#2 Black Singles, #39 Club Play Singles, #31 Pop Singles), and "Outstanding" (#1 Black Singles, #24 Club Play Singles, #51 Pop Singles). It also achieved a rare feat in which every song on the album received radio airplay.

This was the first album producer Lonnie Simmons released directly on his label, Total Experience Records. The album was later reissued on CD in 1994 by Mercury Records.

Contents

Track listingEdit

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. Early in the Morning Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor 6:30
2. Season's No Reason To Change Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson 4:49
3. Lonely Like Me Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson, Rudy Taylor 5:21
4. Outstanding Raymond Calhoun 3:18
5. Stay With Me Ronnie Wilson 4:11
6. You Dropped a Bomb on Me Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor 5:10
7. I Can't Get Over You Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson 6:02
8. Talkin' Back Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rudy Taylor 6:42

PersonnelEdit

  • Charlie Wilson - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Ronnie Wilson - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Robert Wilson - Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals
  • Oliver Scott - Horns, Synthesizer, Keyboards
  • Raymond Calhoun - Drums, Percussion
  • Melvin Webb, Ronnie Kaufman - Drums
  • Dionne Oliver - Bass
  • Fred Jenkins, Glen Nightingale, Jimi Macon - Guitar
  • Robert "Goodie" Whitfield, Louis Cabaza - Keyboards, Synthesizer
  • Wilmer Raglin- Horns, Backing Vocals
  • Andy Ward, Earl Roberson, Larry Stone - Horns
  • David Drew, Marva King, Maxayn Lewis, Alisa Peoples, Calvin Yarbrough, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Sheila Young, Val Young - Backing Vocals

ChartsEdit

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[3] 14
Billboard Top Soul Albums[3] 1

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart positions[4]
US
Pop
US
R&B
US
Disco
1982 "Early in the Morning" 24 1 13
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me" 31 2 39
1983 "Outstanding" 51 1 24

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Gap Band IV > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Gap Band IV > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-15. 
  3. ^ a b "The Gap Band US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  4. ^ "The Gap Band US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11.