Zapp: Roger Troutman (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, voice box); Zapp Troutman (vibraphone, background vocals); Lester Troutman (drums, drum programming); Larry Troutman (percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Greg Jackson (vocals, keyboards); The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Shirley Murdock, Bobby Glover (vocals); Carl Cowen (flute, horns); Clarence Satchell (saxophone); Jerome Derrickson, Eddie Barber, Larry Hatcher (horns); Dale DeGroat (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Billy Beck (keyboards, background vocals); Robert "Rumba" Jones (percussion); Robert Smith (drum programming, background vocals); Bootsy Collins, Shelly Smith, Delores Smith, Dick Smith, LeRoy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Janetta Boyce, Gary "Mudbone" Cooper, Malia Franklin (background vocals).
Producers: Roger Troutman, Zapp Troutman, Bootsy Collins.
Engineers include: Greg Ward, Jim Vitti, Mike Iacopelli.
Principally recorded at United Sound Systems and Sound Room East, Detroit, Michigan.
This 17-track compilation contains three certifiable R&B classics: the funk anthem "More Bounce To The Ounce," the trendsetting "Computer Love," and one of the finest singles of the '80s, Roger Troutman's solo smash "I Want To Be Your Man." The last is an achingly soulful and slow groove accented with the best use of the Vocoder (a device that changes the pitch of a voice without altering its tempo) in pop music history.
Vocoder effects appear throughout GREATEST HITS. They may have seemed gimmicky in less imaginative hands, but Troutman was also an inventive and creative producer and songwriter. Sadly, Troutman was murdered in 1999 by his brother Larry, a former member of Zapp. This exceptional compilation is a tribute to Roger's talents and a perfect introduction to Zapp and Roger.