The Gap Band: Charlie Wilson (vocals, various instruments); Ronnie Wilson (trumpet, background vocals); Robert Wilson (bass, background vocals).
Producers include: Lonnie Simmons, Ronnie Wilson, Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson.
Compilation producers: Pat Lawrence, Dana G. Smart.
Recorded between 1979 and 1990. Includes liner notes by Sean Ross.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (2001 Universal Mastering).
Liner Note Author: Sean Ross.
This 19-track collection does come very close to fulfilling its promise of delivering the Ultimate Collection, delivering all the group's big hits -- "Shake," "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "I Don't Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops up Side Your Head)," "Early in the Morning," "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" -- as it stretches through all of the Gap Band's recordings for Mercury/Total. In some ways, it might stretch a little bit too far, as it extends all the way into two 1990 tracks, but as a relatively comprehensive, far-reaching retrospective of the band at its peak, this fills the bill (plus, it's topped off by nice packaging and good notes by Sean Ross). ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine