October 20, 1981
Roger – The Many Facets of Roger
01. I Heard It Through the Grapevine 10:45
02. So Ruff, So Tuff 4:49
03. A Chunk of Sugar 5:28
04. Do It Roger 8:11
05. Maxx Axe 8:16
06. Blue A Tribute to the Blues 3:24
The Many Facets of Roger was the debut solo project by Dayton, Ohio-based funk visionary 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.
After the success of Zapp’s debut album, Roger started work on this solo project, slated to be released on George Clinton’s newly formed Uncle Jam Records label. After finishing the recording, Roger was approached by Warner Bros. with an offer to release the album on their label instead of Uncle Jam, influenced by the success of the first Zapp album. Warner also offered Roger more money, which lead Roger to sell the recordings of what would eventually become, “The Many Facets of Roger” to Warners. This move facilitated a lawsuit involving Warner Bros, Roger Troutman, and George Clinton, which ultimately resulted in Clinton and Funkadelic leaving Warner Bros.
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