The Gap Band

Outstanding

Composed by Raymond Calhoun

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Appearing on the Gap Band’s 1982 Gap Band V LP, ”Outstanding” surpassed its album mate, the iconographic ”You Dropped a Bomb on Me” when it shot to the very top of the R&B charts in August, 1983. And, similarly unlike its counterpart, ”Outstanding” is a far less frenetic groove, radiating slick vibes wrapped in a cool mid-tempo beat. A loaded love song, the repeated “you blow my mind, I’m satisfied” is a double entrended double dip. Sweet on one hand, and incredibly sexy on the other, it’s no wonder this song was a success. Indeed, ”Outstanding” made such a mark among musicians that it has become a favorite for sampling, with elements appearing in songs by Ice Cube, R Kelly, Blackstreet and Redman among others. Seldom has a song been so aptly named.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The  Gap Band IV 1982 BBR
Gap Gold: Best of the Gap Band 1985 Mercury / Universal 3:17
No Image 1986 Mercury
Classic Mellow Mastercuts, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Mastercuts 6:14
Old School Jams, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
SPG 6:13
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Rhino
La Haine/Métisse 1995
Original Soundtrack
Milan / Virgin
The Best of the Gap Band 1995 Mercury 6:16
Smooth Grooves: A Sensual Collection, Vols. 1-4 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
MVP Classic Mellow, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
MVP Records 6:10
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1983 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
Live & Well 1996 Lasel / Laserlight
Old Skool Reunion 1997
Various Artists
Global TV
Best of Summer Jam: Sinbad's Soul Music Festival 1997
Various Artists
Renaissance Records 5:32
Original Players of Love 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution
Bring on Da Funk, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment / Intersound 5:41
Greatest Hits 1998 Spectrum Music / Universal/Spectrum 3:15
Ballads Collection 1998 Capricorn / Def Jam / Island / PolyGram / Universal 4:49
Missing Compilation 1998
Various Artists
Universo 5:28
Pure Funk, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Mercury / Polygram 3:12
The 12" Collection & More 1999 Casablanca/Universal / Mercury / PolyGram 6:13
Old School Jams: The History Lesson 1999
Various Artists
SPG 6:13
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the Gap Band 2000 Mercury 3:19
Ultimate Collection 2001 Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:15
Blues & Soul, Vol. 8: 1982-1983 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur / Connoisseur Collection 3:16
Original Artist Hit List 2003 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 5:40
Radio Waves of the '80s: Urban Hits 2003
Various Artists
MCA 3:19
Culture Club Compilation 2003
Various Artists
News 3:08
Jazz Funk Explosion 2003
Various Artists
Universal International
More Platinum Disco 2004
Various Artists
WEA/Warner
Old School Jams [SPG Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
SPG 6:15
Funk Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:20
More of Funk Comes A-Live! 2005
Various Artists
Intersound 5:40
#1 Soul Hits of the 1980's 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 5:01
Gold 2006 Universal / Universal Music / Universal Strategic Marketing 3:24
Live 2007 KRB Music 5:00
Drop the Bomb 2007 Sheridan Square Records 5:40
12" 80's Love 2008
Various Artists
Family Recordings 6:11
Old School, Vol. 10 2008
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:17
Disco Giants, Vol. 5 2009
Various Artists
PTG / PTG Records 6:12
The Firm [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2009
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution 3:18
Icon 2011 Mercury 3:19
Greatest Ever: 80s Groove 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square
Smooth Grooves [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:14
Chilled R&B: Summer 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:12
No Image
Various Artists
Universal
Complete Funk, Vol. 1
Various Artists
DMC
Disco Giants, Vol. 1-10
Various Artists
Masterpiece Classic / PTG 6:12
Funky Sensation, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Jazz FM 6:14
No Image
Various Artists
X5 5:39
Hate: Cafe au Lait
Various Artists
Milan 3:16
Old School Gold Box Set
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:17
Samples Outta L.A.: Funk
Various Artists
Modulor
The Nation's Favourite Soul
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:14
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
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