1979 The Gap Band – The Gap Band II

The Gap Band II is the fourth studio album (contrary to the title) by The Gap Band, released in 1979 on Mercury Records. It is their second major label release, and produced by Lonnie Simmons.

The album reached #3 on the Black Albums chart and #42 on the Pop Albums chart. The album produced the singles “Steppin’ (Out)” (#10 Black Singles), “Party Lights” (#36 Black Singles), and “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!)” (#4 Black Singles, #52 Club Play Singles).

The album established the Gap Band as leaders in the R&B market, becoming their first gold album, selling over 500,000 copies through 1980. The album’s most successful track, “I Don’t Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!)”, was their first to incorporate aspects of the P-Funk sound. The song also alludes to a well-known corruption of the childhood nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill (a pattern later continued on “Humpin'”).

Tracks

1 Steppin’ Out 4:27
2 No Hiding Place 5:38
3 I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops!) 8:42
4 Who Do You Call 4:59
5 You Are My High 5:40
6 Party Lights 3:48
7 The Boys Are Back In Town 5:45

Musicians

Bass Robert Wilson
Drums Ronnie Kaufman
Guitar Emzie Parker III
Guitar Glenn Nightingale
Guitar James Macon
Keyboards John Black
Keyboards Luis Cabaza
Keyboards Charlie Wilson
Keyboards Ronnie Wilson
Synthesizer Charlie Wilson
Horns Bernard Baisden
Horns Fernando Harkless
Horns Gussie Scott
Trumpet Ronnie Wilson
Percussion Ronnie Kaufman
Percussion Charlie Wilson
Background Vocals Gussie Scott
Background Vocals Rudy Taylor
Background Vocals Lisa Peoples
Background Vocals Angela Smith
Background Vocals Cavin Yarbrough
Background Vocals Gail Johnson
Background Vocals Howard Huntsberry
Background Vocals Robert Whitfield
Vocals Robert Wilson
Vocals Charlie Wilson

Other Musicians

4 Who Do You Call

Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Percussion Greg Phillinganes

5 You Are My High

Keyboards Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Percussion Greg Phillinganes

 

Producer – Lonnie Simmons

Arranged By (Strings) – Benjamin Wright (Tracks 6 & 7)
Arranged By (Horns) – Malvin Vice
Engineer (Assistant) – Gerry Brown, Tyrone Williams
Engineer (Mastering) – Bob Carboni
Engineer (Recording), Engineer (Mixing) – Jack Rouben
Engineer (Technical) – Barry Steinpress
Mastered By (Mastering Engineer) – Bob Carboni

Design (Gap Logo) – Rasputin Boutte
Illustration (Cover) – Phil Carlig
Photography By – Tom Gibson

Marketed By – Phonogram
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Phonogram, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Phonogram, Inc.
Published By – Copyright Control