Roger The Many Facets of Roger
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- Released: January 15, 2002
- Label: Rhino
- 1.I Heard It Through the Grapevine
- 2.So Ruff, So Tuff
- 3.A Chunk of Sugar
- 4.Do It Roger
- 5.Maxx Axe
- 6.Blue (A Tribute to the Blues)
- 7.I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Pt. 1 - (Single Version)
- 8.Do It Roger - (Single Version)
- 9.Superman - (previously unreleased, 1997)
Roger: Roger Troutman (vocals, arranger, guitar, talkbox, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Dick Smith (vocals); Carl Cowen (horns);
Zapp Troutman (bass, background vocals); Lester Troutman (drums); Larry Troutman (congas, percussion); Bobby Glover, Janetta Boyce (background vocals).
Recorded at United Sound Systems, Super Disc Incorporated, Detroit, Michigan; Troutman Sound Lab, Troutman Studio Bus, Dayton, Ohio. Includes liner notes by Tom Vickers.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Roger Troutman (vocals, guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer, background vocals); Dick Smith (vocals, background vocals); Carl Cowen (horns); Lester Troutman (drums); Larry Troutman (congas, percussion); Jannetta Boyce, Bobby Glover , Delores Smith, Greg Jackson, Rufus Troutman III, Marchelle Smith (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Tom Vickers.
Recording information: Super Disc Inc., Detroit, MI; United Sound Systems, Detroit, MI.
Arrangers: Larry Troutman; Roger Troutman.
This is Roger Troutman's first solo release, and it blazes the same trail as the Zapp LPs. Singing through a synthesized vocal box, there's no mistaking Roger's sound. His version of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is classic, and was a monster on the R&B charts. "So Ruff, So Tuff" continued the maddening dance grooves. But Roger does it all -- hence the title of the album; his blues and jazz explorations are top-shelf. A very well-rounded set from a versatile, underappreciated artist. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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