The Gap Band

Yearning for Your Love

Composed by Oliver Scott / Ronnie Wilson

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Handpicked as single from Gap Band III, the band’s last album for Mercury, ”Yearning for your Love” took three steps back from the group’s customary brand of energetic club funk and proffered a tender ballad in its place. A mid-tempo exercise in smooth, lite R&B, “my heart is yearning for you, let me inside your love”, pretty much sums up the song’s intent, with the lyrics thoroughly subservient to the instrumental mood, created here with light slices of guitar and soft percussion. ”Yearning for your Love” scored the band their 5th R&B Top Ten in March 1981 and, in later years, proved a favorite for sampling when elements appeared in Nas’ ”Life’s a Bitch” in 1994, and again in 1998 when A Tribe Called Quest incorporated elements of the song into ”Like it Like That”.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Gap Band III 1980 Mercury / Def Jam / Island / Universal 5:43
Gap Gold: Best of the Gap Band 1985 Mercury 5:43
Soul Classics: Quiet Storm -- The 80's 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:03
Love's Train: The Best of Funk Essentials Ballads 1995
Various Artists
Def Jam / Island / Island/Def Jam / Universal 5:41
The Best of the Gap Band 1995 Mercury 5:46
Live & Well 1996 Lasel / Laserlight
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Funk Ballads 1997
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 5:45
Bring on Da Funk, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment / Intersound 8:48
Greatest Hits 1998 Universal Special Products / PSM 4:05
Gotta Get Up 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 8:57
Ballads Collection 1998 Capricorn / Def Jam / Island / PolyGram / Universal 5:44
Bring on Da Funk, Vol. 6: Slow Jams 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment / Intersound 8:48
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the Gap Band 2000 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 5:45
Ultimate Collection 2001 Universal Distribution / Universal Music 4:03
Soul Classics Quiet Storm [Box] 2001
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:03
WDAS 105.3 FM: Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 7 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 5:43
Original Artist Hit List 2003 Compendia Music Group / Intersound 8:55
Funk Comes A-Live 2005
Various Artists
Intersound 8:55
Snoop Classics, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Dirty South Productions 5:44
Gold 2006 Universal / Universal Music 5:46
Gold: Quiet Storm 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Music 5:43
Live 2007 KRB Music 5:51
Drop the Bomb 2007 Sheridan Square Records 8:55
Icon 2011 Mercury 5:44
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 4:04
Oops Upside Your Head: The Best Of Spectrum Music
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