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item number: ZSM 1990
- All "ZSM" coded CDs are in new and never-played condition. Most are sealed. However, product may have manufacturer's delete notch, drill hole, prior sale stickers, or worn or missing OUTER wrap.
- Released: June 15, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Atlantic
Entertainment Weekly - 7/31/92, p.62"..buoyantly seductive.." - Rating: B-
- 2.Keep You Next to Me
- 3.She Blows My Mind
- 4.I'm Not Gamin'
- 5.Set Me Free
- 6.Strange Hotel - (bonus track)
- 7.I Feel You
- 8.Sweet November
- 9.Come Back to Your Home
- 10.Only When I Laugh
- 11.Whatever It Takes (To Make You Stay)
- 12.You Take My Heart With You
- 14.Give It Up
- 15.Hot Water
Personnel includes: John Harreld, Allen McNeil (vocals), Stephen Russell (vocals, piano), Jojo Brune (guitar), Gregory Cauthen (guitar, percussion), Gerald Albright (saxophone), Chuckii Booker (bass), Tony Beverly (drums), Lenore Engels, Andria Rogers, Jodi McClendon, Pamela Moore, Tracey (background vocals).
Producers: Steven Russell, Demetrius Shipp, Lawrence A. McNeil, Jr., Graphlin.
Engineers: Al Singleton, Steve Young, Scott "Sweetdaddy" Weatherspoon, Kryge Lindsey, Al Richardson, Jeff Welch, Dave Luke.
Recorded at Aire L.A. Studios, Glendale; M'Bila Studios and Ignited Studios, Hollywood; Bust It Studios, Freemont; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California.
Personnel: Steve Russell (vocals, piano); Allen McNeil (vocals); Gerald Albright (saxophone); Chuckii Booker (keyboards); Gregory Cauthen (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Craig Burbidge; Steve Young.
Recording information: 1992.
Like the Jackson 5 and New Edition, Troop inevitably matured as it went along. Troop had a teen-friendly approach in the beginning, but after several years, the quintet was no longer catering to the teen market. So those who expected the Troop of 1992 to sound exactly like the Troop of 1988 were in for a disappointment. Released in 1992, Troop's third album, Deepa was a major step forward for the group creatively. There is nothing teen-oriented about this CD, which essentially falls into the urban contemporary category but shows a strong awareness of classic soul. Though the production style is high-tech and hip-hop-influenced, classic soul values assert themselves on smooth, sleek offerings like "Whatever It Takes (To Make You Stay)," "Strange Hotel" and the Babyface contribution "Sweet November." Romantic ballads and slow jams are a high priority, and Troop (like Boyz II Men) successfully makes the R&B vocal group tradition relevant to the early 1990s--if En Vogue picked up where Labelle left off, you could easily argue that Deepa puts an early 1990's spin on what northern soul groups like the Chi-Lites and the Manhattans accomplished in the 1970s. If you only acquire one Troop CD, Deepa would be the best choice by far. ~ Alex Henderson
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