- Released: February 6, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Hip-O Records
- 1.Shake - (single version)
- 2.Open Up Your Mind (Wide) - (single version)
- 3.Steppin' (Out) - (single version)
- 4.I Don't Believe (Oops Up Side) - (sinlge version)
- 5.Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) - (single version)
- 6.Yearning For Your Love - (sinlge version)
- 7.Early In The Morning - (single version)
- 8.You Dropped A Bomb On Me - (single version)
- 9.Outstanding - (single version)
- 10.Party Train - (single version)
- 11.Beep A Freak - (original album version edit)
- 12.I Found My Baby - (single version)
- 13.Going In Circles - (original album version)
- 14.Big Fun - (single version)
- 15.Sweeter Than Candy - (single version, from "Penitentiary II")
- 16.I'm Gonna Git U Sucka - (album version)
- 17.All Of My Love - (album version)
- 18.Addicted To Your Love - (album version)
- 19.We Can Make It Alright - (album version)
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
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