Unlimited! (1987)


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Track Listing:

I Want To Be Your Man {Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman}  4:14
Night And Day {R Troutman, L Troutman}  4:19
Been This Way Before (rap)  5:11
Composition to Commemorate (May 30, 1918)  4:48
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag  3:45
Thrill Seekers  4:50
Tender Moments  4:19
If You're Serious  4:24
Private Lover  4:03
I Really Want To Be Your Man  3:44
Bedistgutarist-A-Rown  3:13


Producer: Roger Troutman
Background Vocals: Roger Troutman, Zapp Troutman, Billy Beck, Nicole Cottom,
 Shirley Murdock, Ray Davis, Clete Troutman, Mark Thomas
Lead Vocals: Roger Troutman
Bass: Zapp Troutman, Roger Troutman
Horns: James Cameron, Carl Cowen
Congos: Roger Troutman, Lester Troutman
Drums: Lester Troutman
Synth/Keyboards: Roger Troutman, Billy Beck, Dale DeGroat, Zapp Troutman,
 Curtis Cowen
Percussion: Roger Troutman, Lester Troutman
Guitar: Roger Troutman
Vibraphone: Johnny Lytle

 "I Want To Be Your Man"
Lead Vocals: Roger Troutman
Background Vocals: Roger Troutman, Nicole Cottom
Talkbox, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming: Roger Troutman

 "Night And Day"
Lead Vocals: Roger Troutman
Background Vocals: Roger Troutman, Nicole Cottom, Shirley Murdock,
 Dale DeGroat, Billy Beck, Ronald Hoard
Guitar, Bass: Roger Troutman
Keyboards: Roger Troutman, Dale DeGroat
Drum Programming: Roger Troutman, Robert Smith

Rating: RC: **

Comments: RC: Roger's overall sound continued to get slicker and less interesting as the 80's went on. This one at least has its share of quirky moments. Roger's bizarre taste keeps him from completely becoming a mainstream artist, although he gets closer and closer. But this album has some absurd attempts at rap, talkbox weirdness and odd jazz interpretations in addition to the usual slate of synth-funk and synth-ballads. There are a few things worth listening to, but I'd only recommend this to hardcore fans.

"I Want To Be..." is a typically cheesy ballad, as is "If You're Serious". "Night And Day" is the usual uptempo song, notable for a good guitar solo in the classic Roger style. "Been This Way Before" is a hideous anti-drug rap that is laughably bad. "Composition..." is mellow Roger jazz. "Papa's Got..." is a pretty good cover, substituting synth for horns. The high-toned guitar vamps are also great. "Thrill Seekers" is a typical Zappish talkbox jam. "Tender Moments" is an upbeat song that is synth and drum machine heavy, but it does have a nice guitar solo. "Private Lover" is more of the same, hollow-sounding at the root but with good singing, good sax and excellent guitar. "I Really Want..." is a better song than the first version, with better singing and more of a guitar presence. "Bedist..." is more talkbox wack.

This album is in print and should be easy to find. I see it in sale bins all the time.