The Many Facets of Roger

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The Many Facets of Roger
Studio album by Roger
Released 1981
Recorded 1981, Detroit, Michigan
Genre Funk, electro funk, Blues
Length 40:13
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Roger Troutman
Roger chronology
The Many Facets of Roger
(1981)
The Saga Continues
(1984)

The Many Facets of Roger was the debut solo project by Dayton, Ohio-based funk musician Roger Troutman, released a year after the singer made his debut as lead frontman of his family-based funk group, Zapp, and the group had made their breakthrough with the funk hit "More Bounce to the Ounce". The album went platinum based on the R&B successes of "So Ruff, So Tuff" and his cover of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It through the Grapevine". In the album, Troutman featured two instrumentals, "A Chunk of Sugar" and "Blue (A Tribute to the Blues)", which was recorded inside Detroit's United Sound Studios. Roger's brothers and his cohorts in Zapp, Larry, Lester and Terry also helped to contribute to the solo release.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written and composed by Roger and Larry Troutman unless otherwise noticed.

  1. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (10:45) (Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong)
  2. "So Ruff, So Tuff" (4:49)
  3. "A Chunk of Sugar" (5:28)
  4. "Do It Roger" (8:11)
  5. "Maxx Axe" (8:16)
  6. "Blue (A Tribute to the Blues)" (3:24)

Credits[edit]

  • Arranged By, Backing Vocals, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Guitar, Keyboards, Lead Vocals, Music By, Synthesizer, Synthesizer [Maxx Axe Synthesized Guitar] - Roger Troutman
  • Arranged By, Congas, Lyrics By, Percussion - Larry Troutman
  • Backing Vocals - Bobby Glover, Delores Smith, Greg Jackson, Janetta Boyce, Marchelle Smith
  • Bass, Backing Vocals - Zapp Troutman
  • Drums - Lester Troutman
  • Horns - Carl Cowen
  • Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Dick Smith
  • Written-By - Larry Troutman (tracks: A2 to B3), Roger Troutman (tracks: A2 to B3)