I was thinking of diving right into this post. However, the more I started to type and delete, the more I realized that yes, I could go over all the minutia about telling you why this album is great, but it’s all about the experience. This album has always been mind blowing to me! For starters, this album came out before I was born. (Like most music I review on this site.) With all the technology that is available today for artists to change and modify their voices, they still can’t hold a candle to the legendary Roger Troutman and his talk box!
Let’s just make pretend for a moment. It’s 1980. You just left the arcade, probably easily spending $5.00 in quarters playing Pac Man or Space Invaders. (Believe it or not kiddos there used to be a time that you had to leave your home to play video games.) You happen by the record store and started thumbing through the new releases and come across this album that looks all graffiti like, thinking it was some sort of rap album or pop album. The cover is cool so you buy it. (Or you could have bought this on cassette.) You bring it home, take it out of the plastic and drop the needle on the run in. Then all of a sudden, you are assaulted with this robotic voice saying, “MoRe BoUnCe!!! MuCh MoRe BoUoUoUoUnCe!!!” with this crazy bassline and claps for 9 and a half minutes!!! What would you’re mind be saying when you got to the “Ah shucks” part? When you got into 7 minutes of this and your ass hadn’t stopped grooving? How badly would your face be scrunched up because of the funk it felt?
Are you locked in that feeling? Can you picture in your mind what it would be like to be the first of your friends to have discovered this album? Good because keep your focus.
If you’re still focused on those 9 minutes of talk box infused funk, then you, my friend, already know that you are listening to music history!
You know, I think this is the way I’m going to close off this review. Yes, it’s an amazing album and everything on it is gold, but it’s really about the experience isn’t it? So take a listen to it. Imagine hearing it for the first time and be blown away again.
Label: Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3463
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre: Funk / Soul
A1. More Bounce To The Ounce
A3. Brand New PPlayer
B1. Funky Bounce
B2. Be Alright
B3. Coming Home
Listen to it! MP3 320