The Gap Band – The Gap Band IV (1982/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:07 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Mercury Records
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.
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.
“Gap Band IV featured a complete lineup of up-tempo, mid-tempo, and alluring ballads. The feature releases, in order, were “Early in the Morning,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” and “Outstanding.” The first two are energized numbers seasoned around horrific basslines and Charlie Wilson’s dazzling vocals. Respectively, they peaked at number one and two on the Billboard R&B chart. Not as aggressive, the latter is a festive number paced an unorthodox percussive beat. It claimed the number one spot on the Billboard R&B chart as well. There were no other official selections to grace Billboard. However, every song visited radio, and rightly so. The sentimental numbers “Stay With Me,” “Seasons No Reason to Change,” and “I Can’t Get Over You” have become standard among R&B radio. The latter features a sentimental flügelhorn exhibition by Ronnie Wilson. Mellow numbers always seem to retain that timeless appeal whereas up-tempo numbers fade with time. This album is different; the up-tempo numbers remain inviting as well. This is a great album.”
1. The Gap Band – Early In The Morning
2. The Gap Band – Season’s No Reason To Change
3. The Gap Band – Lonely Like Me (7″ Version)
4. The Gap Band – Outstanding
5. The Gap Band – Stay With Me
6. The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
7. The Gap Band – I Can’t Get Over You
8. The Gap Band – Talkin’ Back