Make You Shake It (1984)

Human Body

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Track Listing:

Make You Shake It {Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman}  5:29
Tomorrow {L Troutman, R Troutman, Billy Beck}  5:31
Keep Your Head Up {L Troutman, R Troutman}  4:54
Hit Me {Ray Davis, B Beck, Larry Hatcher}  4:12
As We Lay  {L Troutman, B Beck}  6:16
Please Help Me Find Her {L Troutman, R Troutman}  5:57
There Is Nobody {L Troutman, R Troutman}  4:59
I Believe We Can {L Troutman, R Troutman}  6:16


Producer: Roger Troutman 
Co-producer: Billy Beck
All lead vocals by The Human Body: Billy Beck, Ray Davis, Larry Hatcher
Drums: Lester Troutman
Conga, Percussion: Larry Troutman, Dr. Komla Amoaku
Bass: Zapp Troutman, Roger Troutman
Keyboards: Billy Beck, Roger Troutman
Horns: Eddie Barber, Michael Warren, Michael Jennings, Jerome Derrickson,
 Carl Cowen, Randy Wallace
Saxophone Solos: Carl Cowen
Vibes: Roger Troutman, Billy Beck
Background vocals: Billy Beck, Ray Davis, Larry Hatcher, Bobby Glover, 
 Greg Jackson, Roger Troutman, Shelley Smith, The Human Body, Linda McDougal,
 Janetta Boyce, Mallia Franklin, Oliver Dollar, Zapp Troutman

Rating: RC: ***


RC: This was originally Roger Troutman's group before Zapp, and they reformed for a couple of albums in the mid-80's. As with all his albums, it has crisp, clean production values and sharp melodies throughout. However, this isn't really a funk album. It's more along the lines of a solid R&B album that's a cut above most of the fare from the 80's. The extensive presence of Ray Davis certainly helps, as he was listed as one of the co-lead singers. Every track features great singing and lush but not cheesy arrangements. There are only two funky tracks: "Make You Shake It" and "Hit Me", featuring a faster beat. The album is almost entirely keyboard-driven, but a solid rhythm section and percussion keeps it from sounding hollow. The lyrics are also decent but predictable, since most of the songs are typical love ballads. The album is out of print, and having never seen it at a used record shop, I have no idea what it's going for. But I wouldn't spend more than $10 on it, unless you're a fanatical fan of Roger Troutman or Ray Davis.