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Original Artist Hit List: The Gap Band

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Album Review

Though it doesn't say it is, this release is actually a live album. The Wilson brothers' voices are still vibrant, and it sounds like both the crowd and the Gap Band themselves are having a real good time, although the band's biggest hits — "Party Train" and "Drop the Bomb" (as it's named here) — arrive late in the set. "Oops Upside Your Head" makes some noise early on. Ultimately, the album plays out as a nostalgia piece. Fans looking for a more comprehensive retrospective the group should pick up the Ultimate Collection, issued by Hip-O in 2001.

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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