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Although they are best known as funk band, the Gap Band was successfully marketed to a disco audience during their heyday via 12" remixes of their songs. Most of these versions were confined to the discotheques, but this has been remedied with the release of The 12" Collection and More. This handy volume allows casual Gap Band fans get a new perspective on this group's grasp of the groove by compiling five 12" remixes and throwing in three album-length long versions to flesh the set out. The 12" versions reveal a band that approached the remix of a song as a method of redefining it: "Outstanding" cranks up the percussion to show off the hidden danceable edge to that slow jam, and "Early in the Morning" pushes the interplay between rhythm guitar and bass to the song's forefront and proves that the group's ability to craft complex, hypnotic grooves was just as important to their success as their knack for capitalizing on then-current soul music trends. However, the most impressive of the 12" mixes is "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," which transforms the original tune into a 13-minute epic, complete with new percussion breaks and a lengthy instrumental break featuring war-battle sound effects overdubbed atop the song's churning, synth bass groove. The full-length album versions aren't as revelatory as the 12" mixes, but fit in with them nicely: the highlight in this arena is the eight-plus minutes of "I Don't Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!)," which shows off the relentlessness of the song's hooks (the "oops, upside your head" chant, some surprising acoustic guitar riffs) to their fullest. The 12" Collection could have added a few more rarities (the non-sound effects version of "Beep a Freak" and the legendary "munchkin version" of "Jam the Motha" are missing in action) but this collection remains a solid portrait of the Gap Band's gifts in the 12" arena. In the end, The 12" Collection and More will be of greater interest to the devoted fan than a casual listener, but it makes a great supplement to a greatest hits collection for those who want to go beyond the hits. ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Feel this Gap!

If you can't feel good turnin' an ear to this. den you dead!

Absolutely Essential Funk Party Music

This is an amazing collection: thirteen minutes of "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" with the ridiculous (in a great way) sound effects, the classic 12 inch versions of "Outstanding" (featuring magnificent persussion breaks), "Early in the Morning", and "Party Train", and the full length album versions of "Burn Rubber on Me", "Humpin'", "Shake" and "I Don't Believe You Wanna Get Up and Dance(Ooops Up Side Your Head)". This is a definitive funk collection and absolutely essential party music. Every song is a classic and guaranteed to get booties shaking. Buy this NOW!!!

The Funk Not Disco!

The Gap Band is one of the best funk bands of all time! At a club,house party,wedding recption,crusin' the BLVD.This is straight up Get Down&Boogie!Get Up&Dance!


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 deep,...
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