ROGER CHAPMAN Techno-Prisoners (Mystic MYSCD168)(2003)
This 1987 release has somewhat divided the Roger Chapman fanbase. During this
time, at the record company's behest, Roger took his distinctive vocal chords off to
Holland and sessions with ace dance producers The Bolland Brothers.
The results are not as weird as you might expect and - more importantly - not techno save for the ubiquitous drum machine.
Sensibly, the producers retained a cutting rock guitar and infectious rhythm to connect the album with Chappo's heritage, so if anything
it comes across as a well-produced and polished effort if a little different from the norm. In fact the Chapman compositions on the album
are possibly somewhat out of synch with the out-and-out commercialism that otherwise pertains.
In what is turning out to be the 'Year of the Chappo', with DVDs and a boxed set already in the racks, Mystic
must be applauded for their current reissue programme. With informative sleeve notes and bonus tracks, this
is a much needed and not-before-time retrospective on one of the true vocal giants of British rock. This release
reveals also that Roger Chapman has always been prepared to experiment. Check out 'Black Forest', bury any
prejudice that this ain't what a Family man should aspire to, and you will be impressed.