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New Horizons

Something New / Gonna Have Big fun

CD $1.99

Release Date:

May 2010

Nº of Discs:


Catalogue Nº

HTS 004


Funkytowngrooves USA


Item Description

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,

New Horizons

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.

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