The Gap Band: Charlie Wilson (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); Robert Wilson (guitar, bass, percussion, background vocals); Ronnie Wilson (flugelhorn, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals).
Recorded at Total Experience, Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Charlie Wilson (vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, mini-Moog synthesizer, percussion); Robert Wilson (guitar, percussion, background vocals); Glenn Nightingale, Fred Jenkins, Jimmy Macon (guitar); Ronnie Wilson (flugelhorn, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Oliver Scott (horns, keyboards, synthesizer); Larry Stone, Earl Roberson, Andy Ward (horns); Robert Whitfield, Louis Cabaza (keyboards, synthesizer); Ronnie Kaufman (drums, percussion); Raymond Calhoun, Melvin Webb (drums); Cavin Yarbough, Sheila Young, David Drew, Maxine Lewis, Alisa Peoples, Lonnie Simmons , Marva King, Rudy Taylor, Val Young (background vocals).
Recording information: Total Experience Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (1982).
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 fl?gelhorn 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. ~ Craig Lytle