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  • Audio CD (January 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005UPFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Freedom
2. Truth Be Known
3. Brother Lester
4. More Bounce To The Ounce
5. Be Alright
6. Brand New Pplayer
7. So Ruff, So Tuff
8. I Heard It Through The Grapevine (single version)
9. Do It Roger
10. Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Can Make You Dance (Part I)
2. Heartbreaker (Part I, Part II)
3. Spend My Whole Life
4. In The Mix
5. Play Your Guitar, Brother Roger
6. Girl, Cut It Out
7. Midnight Hour (Part I)
8. Cosmic Round Up
9. Computer Love
10. I Want To Be Your Man
See all 16 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Roger Troutman summed up his biggest contribution to electro-funk with the 1989 proclamation "I Play the Talk Box." Both as solo artist and frontman of the group Zapp, multi-instrumentalist and George Clinton protégé Troutman made the electronic voice gadget the central gimmick of his groove-heavy style. A few other simple tricks--covers of bedrock soul classics, chicken-plucking rhythm guitar so hot it sometimes threatened to steal the show--helped keep his barely changing but hook-savvy style at the forefront of R&B radio for a decade. Having been sampled by or a guest with everyone from Dre, Snoop, and Tupac to the Beasties and Scritti Politti, Troutman continues as a presence years after his death in a murder-suicide plotted by brother and fellow Zapp member Larry. In seeking to fill a double-CD set, We Can Make You Dance stretches the Troutman catalog too far; only if you need "Talk Box," "Brother Lester," and "Play Your Guitar, Brother Roger" (or, to be fair, the long version of the Zapp benchmark "More Bounce to the Ounce") should this collection take precedence over the single-disc All the Greatest Hits. --Rickey Wright

Product Description

Zapp & Roger Anthology is the only 2 CD collection covering the entire Zapp & Roger catalog. 29 blazing tracks spanning over 20 years of funk! Includes 'I Want To Be Your Man', 'Computer Love', 'In The Mix', Dance Floor (Part 2) & more. Rhino Records.

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Jon L. Capogrossi
This is truly and anthology that includes ALL of their classic hits and even some that I had forgotten about.
M. Williams
I would recommend this to any and all ages it really is good dancing music.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ollie on February 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection is slightly better then the "All the Greatest Hits" CD but it has some major flaws that the "All the Greatest Hits" share. The positives that you get the long version of "More Bounce to the Ounce" and "Do it Roger" two major jams by Zapp. You also get the long version of "Heartbreaker" another plus. You get the album version of "Doo Wat Ditty(Blow My Thing) which is also a plus. But this collection fails to give you the long version of "Dancefloor" which I feel is just as a major jam as "More Bounce..". Good thing I have the 12" version of "Dancefloor" on another CD. Also, it would've been nice they gave us the album version "I Can Make You Dance". This is an area where the "All The Greatest Hits" album drops the ball also. Because of "Dancefloor" and "I Can Make You Dance", I had to deduct a star from my rating. But this CD is still a better buy then "All the Greatest Hits" CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I confess: This double CD set is the only Roger Troutman/Zapp material in my collection, so maybe I'm missing out out some of the long or alternate versions of the songs, as many other reviewers have complained. However, almost all of the songs in this set are very, VERY long (a 10 minute jam, anyone?), so I hardly think that they're "radio edits"!
My introduction to Roger Troutman was via a homemade CD that a co-worker gave me that contained two versions of his hit song "Computer Love." I instantly fell in love with the funky, heavy grooves and especially Roger's signature talkbox sound. Later, I would find out that Roger had played the talkbox on Tupac's song "California Love," which was pretty much the only thing that made that song good, IMO! A lot of people mention the influence that Roger had on later rap artists like Dre, Tupac, and Snoop Dogg (who made a song based on "Doo Wah Ditty" with L'il Kim and some other artists), and it's really incredible to listen to this set and hear the grooves and hooks that were wholesale ripped off by later artists. Case in point, I immediately recognized one of LL Cool J's latest songs when I heard "Be Alright." Although Roger & Zapp hailed from Ohio and are properly grouped with other great funk acts from the area like Lakeside and the Ohio Players, to a young person like myself, this set sounds extremely "West Coast"! In a way, listening to Roger & Zapp is like listening to Snoop or Dre's funkiest, most groovalicious songs, but without the curse words or references to gatts and ho's, etc. This is 100% POSITIVE music that will make you feel happy on the inside! Roger's joy of living and musical/production genius radiate from the songs like sunbeams.
Another great feature of this set is the diversity of the material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon L. Capogrossi on July 20, 2002
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This collection is superior, musicly speaking, to the previous platinum selling "Zapp and Roger-All the greatest hits" that came out back in 93. You should definitely get this one, even if you already have "All the Greatest Hits" Although that 1993 collection was great, they had to cut short a lot of the songs to fit so many onto one CD/Tape.
Therefore,for many who didnt have the original vinyl, you missed some cool stuff. Funk is a style of music where artists favor the LONG PLAYER and are known to drop some surprises even after 5 minutes of the song, and Roger was no exception. With the double CD "We Can Make You Dance" you get to hear the FULL LENGTH versions of some of some Zapp classics that were previously only found on the original vinyl hidden away in Record Shops, like the Phunky ending keyboard section in "Heartbreaker". Of course, you also get the full 11 minutes of "More Bounce" plus other FAT but lesser known Zapp songs like "Play Some Blues" and the "Playin Kinda Ruff" instrumental jam.
I am a BIG Funk Fan (aka Funkateer) and aspiring artist producer myself, and Roger's music is my main influence, so needless to say myself and others were stunned to see the loss of such a great creative artist in his prime when he was killed by his brother in 1999. Since his death I was waiting to see a proper CD collection talking about his life and music, and this CD is IT!
This CD gives people an opportunity to see a much more well rounded picture of Roger and Zapp's musical influences, their skills at Funk, Blues, Soul, and Jazz and great craftsmanship, both in the uptempo Jamms and the slower ballads, with and without the talkbox.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherance M. Brothers on March 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
roger troutman rest in peace. this is an anthology of one of the greatest funk groups ever released straight from the crew of p-funk's mothership came forth zapp, and roger who kept up the funk for years until his death in 99, these songs have been used by artists such as jlo, epmd, e4o, and countless others and have worked with top stars like 2pac, dr. dre, eazy e, h town, snoop[ dogg and many more. his influence on talk box have been picked up by dj quik and bosko. zapp and roger's legacy should be known forever and a day he gave up the funk this double disc also contains some songs back when the group was known as the human body.
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