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The 80’s was a very experimental time in music. New technologies were being used. Synths were coming more and more common. The Talk Box wasn’t widely used in the world. However, Roger Troutman took it to a whole new level. For those of you who are new to digging, funk music, or classic 80’s low rider jams. Roger Troutman was T-Pain before T-Pain even thought about becoming T-Pain. There was no such thing as autotune or vocoder software back in the 80’s so Roger Troutman achieved his classic robotic vocals using a Talk Box. (Here’s a link to the wiki for Talk Box.) Just like T-Pain who got flak from critics for using autotune to change his vocals, Roger Troutman also got flak from people during the 80’s for the use of this technology. (Funny how Peter Frampton didn’t.) However, if Troutman never experimented with the Talk Box, human civilization would not have some of the funkiest jams that were ever released by another human. We also wouldn’t have Roger Troutman’s debut album “The Many Facets of Roger.”

The Many Facets of Roger” is first solo release by Roger Troutman. This album went platinum on the R&B charts with the singles “So Ruff, So Tuff” and the cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” The album features Troutman on the talk box in every song. (With the exception of the two instrumental tracks, “A Chunk of Sugar” and “Blue (A Tribute To The Blues)” and will have you going nuts over the vocals and synthetic basslines. Each track is dancefloor friendly and will have your crowd shakin’ they asses!

 

Roger Troutman - The Many Facets of Roger

 

Label: Warner Bros. Records ‎– BSK 3594
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: P.Funk, Electro

Tracklisting:
A1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
A2. So Ruff, So Tuff
A3. A Chunk of Sugar
B1. Do It Roger
B2. Maxx Axe
B3. Blue (A Tribute To The Blues)

 

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*** Here’s a video of Roger Troutman talking about his work with the talk box. ***

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