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Something New / Gonna Have Big fun
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From our Hidden Treasures Series comes both of the New Horizons albums on 1 CD, Something New from 1983 and Gonna Have Big Fun from 1984.
Restored From the Original Master Tapes by Mark Wilder, at Battery Studios in New York,
Group Members. Varges Thomas • Mark Thomas • Bart Thomas • Tim Abrams • Art Thomas
Recorded and Released 2 albums on Columbia Records in 1983 and 1984. Both of their LP's were produced by Roger Troutman.
Innovative funkster Roger Troutman was the master of the vocoder -- a keyboard synthesizer that created robotic-sounding vocals through the simultaneous use of a piano-like interface and a breath controller (breath tube), somewhat like a guitar talk box. What James Jamerson did for the bass, Jimi Hendrix for the guitar, and Stevie Wonder for the harmonica, Troutman did for the vocoder.
As a member of Zapp, a band that included his brothers Larry, Lester, and Tony, and recording under the solo moniker of Roger, he helped define and give life to a difficult-to-play instrument that previously was used for gimmicky effects and, as played by others, was basically devoid of personality. With his winning smile and charming playfulness, Troutman was a favorite on stage and record. He'd often bring his vocoder along on radio interviews, treating the listeners to his amazing vocoder skills.