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The Ballads Collection: The Gap Band

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The Gap Band weren't known for their slow, romantic numbers, yet they did quiet storm as well as any other funk band, as The Ballads Collection proves. The disc features 12 songs, both singles and album tracks, all delivered by vocalist Charlie Wilson. Some of the group's finest moments, including "Yearning for Your Love," "Outstanding" and "Going in Circles," are on the collection. It may not draw an accurate portrait of the group's career, but the compilation is ideal for listeners who want the romantic Gap Band.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Gap Band, centered around brothers Charlie, Ronnie, and Robert Wilson, toiled in obscurity for several years prior to becoming one of the most popular funk groups of the late '70s and 1980s. The Tulsa, OK natives produced 15 Top Ten R&B singles ranging from ferocious funk anthems to gorgeous slow jams. Many of their hits, such as "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," featured instantly memorable, rippling synthesizer basslines. All of them featured Charlie's...
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