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The Gap Band II is the fourth studio album (contrary to the title) by The Gap Band, released in 1979 on Mercury Records. It is their second major label release, and produced by Lonnie Simmons.

Gap Band II
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Studio album by The Gap Band
Released November 19, 1979
Recorded 1979 at Total Experience Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Soul, funk
Length 38:52
Label Mercury
Producer Lonnie Simmons
The Gap Band chronology
The Gap Band
(1979)The Gap Band1979
The Gap Band II
(1979)
The Gap Band III
(1980)The Gap Band III1980

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ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic       [1]

The album reached #3 on the Black Albums chart and #42 on the Pop Albums chart. The album produced the singles "Steppin' (Out)" (#10 Black Singles), "Party Lights" (#36 Black Singles), and "I Don't Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!)" (#4 Black Singles, #52 Club Play Singles).

The album established the Gap Band as leaders in the R&B market, becoming their first gold album, selling over 500,000 copies through 1980. The album's most successful track, "I Don't Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!)", was their first to incorporate aspects of the P-Funk sound. The song also alludes to a well-known corruption of the childhood nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill (a pattern later continued on "Humpin'").

Track listingEdit

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. Steppin' (Out) Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson 4:25
2. No Hiding Place Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson 5:34
3. I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance (Oops!) Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson, Rudolph Taylor 8:39
4. Who Do You Call Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson 4:57
5. You Are My High Charlie Wilson, Johnsye Smith, Ronnie Wilson 5:38
6. Party Lights Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson, Rudolph Taylor 3:54
7. The Boys Are Back in Town Charlie Wilson, Malvin Dino Vice, Lonnie Simmons 5:45

PersonnelEdit

  • Charlie Wilson - Keyboards, Synthesizer, Percussion, Lead and Backing Vocals
  • Ronnie Wilson - Trumpet, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • Robert Wilson - Bass, Backing Vocals (Lead vocals on "Who Do You Call")
  • Greg Phillinganes - Keyboards, Percussion, Synthesizer
  • John Black, Louie Cabaza - Keyboards
  • Emzie Parker III, Glenn Nightingale, James Macon - Guitar
  • Raymond Calhoun - Drums, Percussion
  • Ronnie Kaufman - Drums
  • Malvin "Dino" Vice, Trumpet, Backing Vocals, Horn Arrangements
  • Oliver "Gussie" Scott - Trombone - Backing Vocals
  • Malvin "Dino" Vice - Horn Arrangements
  • Benjamin Wright - String Arrangements
  • Bernard Baisden - Trombone
  • Fernando Harkless - Tenor Saxophone
  • Lois Peoples, Angela Smith, Calvin Yarbrough, Gail Johnson, Howard Huntsberry, Robert "Goodie" Whitfield, Rudolph Taylor - Backing Vocals

ChartsEdit

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[2] 42
Billboard Top Soul Albums[2] 3

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart positions[3]
US
R&B
US
Disco
1980 "I Don't Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!)" 4 52
"Party Lights" 36 -
"Steppin' (Out)" 10 -

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. The Gap Band: The Gap Band II > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b "The Gap Band US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  3. ^ "The Gap Band US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-11.