A Tribe Called Quest ‎– The Low End Theory

Jive ‎– 01241-41418-1
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, B&W Label

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A1 Excursions 3:53
A2 Buggin' Out 3:38
A3 Rap Promoter 2:13
A4 Butter 3:39
B1 Verses From The Abstract
Bass – Ron CarterVocals – Vinia Mojica
B2 Show Business
Co-producer – A Tribe Called QuestFeaturing [Diamond D] – J. Kirkland*Featuring [Lord Jamar] – L. Dechaus*Featuring [Sadat X] – D. Murphy*Producer – S. Anselm*
B3 Vibes And Stuff 4:18
C1 The Infamous Date Rape 2:54
C2 Check The Rhime 3:36
C3 Everything Is Fair
Co-producer – A Tribe Called QuestProducer – Skeff Anselm
D1 Jazz (We've Got) 4:09
D2 Skypager 2:13
D3 What? 2:29
D4 Scenario
Featuring [Leaders Of The New School] – B. Higgins*, P. Jackson*, T.Smith*

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Reissue. Has white label unlike A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory. Note, current sealed copies are likely A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory, which has NRP and RE3 in runouts.

Recorded and mixed @ Questat Battery Studios, Greene Street Studios and Soundtrack.
"Show Business" and "Everything Is Fair" programmed at Jazzy Jay's Studio.
Additional engineering at Battery, Greene Street and Soundtrack.

Mastered at DMS, NYC

Direction/management: Baby Sound Productions and Rush Management

℗ 1991 Zomba Recording Corp. © 1991, 1996 Zomba Recording Corporation. Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording Corporation, 137-139 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 1241-41418-1 1
  • Barcode (String): 012414141811
  • Matrix / Runout (hand etched on A side): 01241-41418-1 A II
  • Matrix / Runout (hand etched on B side): 01241-41418-1 B1 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (hand etched on C side): 01241-41418-1 C1 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (hand etched on D side): 01241-41418-1 D1 AA
  • Rights Society: ASCAP / BMI

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1418-2-J A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(CD, Album) Jive 1418-2-J US 1991 Sell This Version
01241-41418-1 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Col) Jive 01241-41418-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
1418-1-JDJ A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(LP, Album, Promo) Jive 1418-1-JDJ US 1991 Sell This Version
ZK 74940 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(Cass, Album) Jive ZK 74940 1991 Sell This Version
(7) 051 351-2, 051 351-2, CHIP 117, CHIP117 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory(CD, Album, RE) Jive, Jive, Jive, Jive (7) 051 351-2, 051 351-2, CHIP 117, CHIP117 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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December 5, 2016
Just bought this pressing and I gotta say I'm pleasantly surprised with it! My pressing didn't have any of the glaring issues pointed out by the previous reviewers. Not a perfect pressing by any means, some parts did sound a lil distorted at times but overall a very solid repressing! No skips and very minimal surface noise, even during the quiet sections. My only gripe with this is the relatively dull packaging. Plain paper inner sleeves with no pictures or inserts.


May 21, 2016
Beware!!! Some seller try to sell the 2000s version here! A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
unfortunately discogs is not free of deceiver!!!


April 28, 2016
Side B fine here. Barnes and Noble copy bought this week.


April 19, 2016
I just received a copy with engraved Matrix / Runout "welcometo 1979" (mastering studio).
So i think it is a new reissue (?) from 2016.


April 15, 2016
Just wanted to say for potential 2016 buyers out there, the currently available pressings are NOT bad. I am happy with my copy with no glaring flaws, even if it is digitally sourced. Recommend to stick with a retailer that offers fair return/exchange policy.


February 16, 2016

Side B has some serious pressing quality issues. Distorted sound and a few skips. Rest of the album is ok, but side B is one of the better in the album so it is a real shame.


January 31, 2016
This version has all 14 tracks included in the correct order vs. 12 on the original pressing


May 2, 2015
Same problem. Pissed almost unlistenable.


October 16, 2013
How does this sound vs the first pressing/issue?


August 8, 2009
'The Low End Theory' is Tribe exploring the bass heavy elements in music particularly within Jazz and Hip-Hop and part of the reason it works so well is the simplicity and raw essence in the music. The album is really just all about Ron Carter's bass, some serious heavyweight drums with Q-Tip and Phife sharing vocals and one of the best posse cuts ever laid down with Leaders of the New School on 'Scenario'.
There is not a lot more to it than that but it seems to capture a time in hip hop music when 'Gangsta Rap' was really starting to take a hold of the music but Tribe seemed confident to just do what they were doing and follow their own path. Will we ever see another Native Tongue collective in Hip Hop????
I think time has revealed that this is one of the best albums of the last 20-30 years. Give it a listen.