The Roots ‎– Phrenology

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MCA Records ‎– 088 112 996-1
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Side 21
A87 Phrentrow
Cello – Ken Golder, Michelle Golder, Nuah Vi, Sarah ChunFeaturing – Ursula RuckerMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Tom CoyneProducer – Omar the Scholar*, ?uestlove*Recorded By – Steve MandelRecorded By [Assistant] – Shinobu MitsuokaSynthesizer [ARP] – Omar EdwardsWritten-By – Thompson*, Edwards*, Rucker*
A88 Rock You
Engineer – Jon "Whew! What's That" Smelts*Engineer [Assistant] – Caliph Gamble, Steve Mandel, Vincent DilorenzoEngineer, Mixed By – Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Richard NicholsMixed By [Assistant] – Ray Wilson (2), Steve MandelProducer – DJ ScratchRecorded By – Robert "LB" DorseyRecorded By [Assistant] – Charles McCrory*Written-By – Spizey*, Trotter*
A89 !!!!!!!
Mixed By [PA Assistant] – Caliph GambleMixed By [PA] – Ahmir Thompson*, Ben KenneyRecorded By [PA Assistant] – Ray Wilson (2)Recorded By [PA] – Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jeff ChestekRecorded By [PA], Mixed By [PA] – Jeff ChestekWritten-By – Thompson*, Kenney*, Hubbard*
A90 Sacrifice
Backing Vocals – Nelly FurtadoCo-producer – Kamal GrayFeaturing – Nelly FurtadoKeyboards [Rhodes] – Kamiah "Little Klang" Gray*Mixed By – The Incomparable Bob Power*Mixed By [Assistant] – Andy Brooks (3)Producer – Kamiah GrayRecorded By – Jeff Chestek, Jon "Do Not Spell My Name With An H!!!!" Smelts*, Robert "LB" DorseyRecorded By [Assistant] – Gordon Gass, Storm (85)Written-By – Thompson*, Gray*, Gray*, Hubbard*, Trotter*
A91 Rolling With Heat
Harmony Vocals [Croonaphgone] – Dice Raw, Bert Jenkins*Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Jason Goldstein, Richard NicholsMixed By [Assistant] – Pablo ArrayaPercussion – Knuckles*Recorded By – Jon SmeltzRecorded By [Assistant] – Gordon Glass*, Vince Dilorenzo*Vocals [On The Mic] – Talib KweliWritten-By – Thompson*, Gray*, Jenkins*, Jones*, Greene*, Trotter*
Side 22
B93 Thought @ Work
Guest [Guest Drop Ins] – Alicia KeysMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By [Assistant] – Jon AdlerProducer, Recorded By – Ahmir '?uestlove' ThompsonRecorded By – Gordon Gass*, Jon Smelts*, Robert "LB" Dorsey, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Recorded By [Assistant] – Ray Wilson (2), Steef Van De Gevel, Steve Mandel, Thomas "Giggles" Brown*, Vince Dilorenzo*Written-By – Thompson*, Ben Kenney, Kamal Gray, Hubbard*, Trotter*
B94 The Seed (2.0)
Featuring – Cody ChesnuTTGuest [Guest Drop Ins] – "Butterfly" Butler*, Mos DefMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By [Assistant] – Steef Van De Gevel, Steve MandelProducer – Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson, Cody ChesnuTTRecorded By – Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jon Smelts*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Recorded By [Assistant] – Jesse Shatkin, Kurt Nepogoda, Ray Wilson (2)Written-By – ChesnuTT*, Trotter*
B95 Break You Off
Cello – Ken Golder, Michelle Golder, Nuah Vi, Sarah ChunFeaturing, Producer [Vocals], Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement] – MusiqMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Bob Power, Jason Goldstein, Richard NicholsMixed By [Assistant] – Andy Brooks (3), Pablo ArrayaProducer – Kamal GrayRecorded By – The Higher Authority (But Known To Us Mere Mortals As Bob Power*, Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jeff Chestek, Jim Bottari, Jon Smeltz, Ray "Boomer" WilsonRecorded By [Assistant] – Andre Dandridge, Andy Brooks (3), Caliph Gamble, Gordon Goss, Vince Dilorenzo*Strings – James PoyserSynthesizer [ARP and Stuff] – Omar EdwardsTambourine – Knuckles*Written-By – Thompson*, Kenney*, Scott*, Gray*, Jenkins*, Jones*, Hubbard*, M. Soulchild*, Trotter*
Side 23
C96a Water (The First Movement)
Co-producer – Kelo Saunders*Mixed By – Robert "LB" Dorsey, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By [Assistant] – Shinobu Mitsuoka, Thomas "Giggles" Brown*, Vince Vilorenzo*Producer – TahirRecorded By – Steve MandelRecorded By [Assistant] – Shawn Taylor (2)Written-By – Trotter*, Williams*
C96b Water (The Abyss)
Guitar – James "Blood" Ulmer*, Jeff Lee Johnson*Instruments [Thermion] – James Gray (13)Percussion – Knuckles*Producer – The Grand WizzardsRecorded By [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Steve Van De Gevel*Recorded By, Mixed By – Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelSynthesizer [Moog] – James PoyserVoice [Scream] – Hope WilsonWritten-By – Thompson*
C96c Water (The Drowning)
Guitar – James "Blood" Ulmer*, Jeff Lee Johnson*Instruments [Thermion] – James Gray (13)Producer – The Grand WizzardsRecorded By [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Steve Van De Gevel*Recorded By, Mixed By – Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelSynthesizer [Moog] – James PoyserWritten-By – Thompson*, Ben Kenney, Gray*, Hubbard*
C97 Quills
Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Richard Nichols, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Percussion – Knuckles*Producer – Kareem Da Bawl From DC*Recorded By – Jim Bottari, Jon Smeltz, Robert "LB" DorseyRecorded By [Assistant] – Gordon Gass*, James McKrone, Vince Dilorenzo*Vocals [Guest] – Tracey MooreWritten-By – Riggins*, Trotter*
C98 Pussy Galore
Guest, Backing Vocals [On Background] – Tracey MooreMixed By – Bob PowerMixed By [Assistant] – Adam BrooksProducer – Scott StorchRecorded By – Robert "LB" Dorsey, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelRecorded By [Assistant] – Scott Whiting, Shawn Taylor (2)Supervised By – Ahmir Thompson*, Richard NicholsWritten-By – Storch*, Trotter*
Side 24
D99 Complexity
Featuring – Jill ScottMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Bob (Fill In Blank) Power*, Richard NicholsPercussion – Knuckles*Recorded By – Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jeff ChestekRecorded By [Assistant] – Gordon Gass*Synthesizer [ARP] – Omar EdwardsVocals – Jill ScottWritten-By – Thompson*, Jill Scott, Gray*, Hubbards*, Edwards*, Trotter*
D100 Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)
Recorded By [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Steef Van De GevelRecorded By, Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelWritten-By – Thompson*, Baraka*, Kenney*
D101 Rhymes And Ammo
Featuring – Dice Raw, Talib Kweli
D102 Thirsty!

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Ursula Rucker as (gasp!) hip hop!
Dice Raw aka BERT JENKINS
?uestlove aka A Scribe Called Quest
The best name never used in a porno: BOB POWER
Leonard Hubbard Aka Lenny Flynt
Rahzel aka The Godfather
Malik B. aka Slacks
Kamal aka Maldoc
Tracey Moore of the Jazzyfatnastees
Black Thought aka RIQ C'S

Recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios.
Mastered at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.
℗ & © 2002 MCA Records
Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution.

Tracks are listed A87 to D100. It should be noted that song 92 is not mentioned on the artwork or center labels and is not to be found on the release itself either.
Sides are listed 21 to 24.
Tracks 101 and 102 are not listed on the back cover, only on the center label of Side 24.

Track A87 "Phrentrow"
Recorded at "Electric Lady Studios, NY. NY
Mixed at "Sterling Sound"

Track A88 "Rock You"
Recorded at "Battery Studio" , NY, NY
Mixed at "THE STUDIO", illadelph

Track A89 "!!!!!!!"
Recorded at "A HOUSE CALLED QUEST"
Mixed at "THE STUDIO", illadelph

Track A90 "Sacrifice"
Recorded at "Motive Studios" inside "THE STUDIO" and "THE STUDIO" (confused yet?), illadelph
Mixed at "SONY STUDIOS, NY, NY

Track A91 "Rolling With Heat"
Recorded at "THE STUDIO", illadelph
Mixed at "Sony Studio, NY, NY

Track B93 "Thought @ Work"
Recorded @ ?uest's fruits and berry ranch. "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa; "Electric Lady Studios", NY, NY; and "Encore Studios", Los Angeles, CA
Mixed at "Electric Lady Studios", NY, NY
Contains elements from the composition "Apache" by The Sugar Hill Gang [Sugar Hill Music (BMI)]. Used courtesy of Warner Special Products (North America) and Sanctuary/Castle (for the world outside North America).
Also contains elements of "Jam On The Groove" by Ralph McDonald [AntisiaMusic/Cherry Lane Music (ASCAP)]. Used courtesy of Cherry Lane Music. Lastly, contains elements og "Human Beat Box" by The Fat Boys (EMI Longitude Music).
Used courtesy of Sutra Records. For all samples: All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

Track B94 "The Seed (2.0)"
Recorded at "Electric Lady Studios", NY, NY; "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa
Mixed at "Electric Lady Studios", NY, NY

Track B95 "Break You Off"
Recorded at "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa; "Sony Studios", NY, NY and "Homecookin Studios"
Mixed at "Sony Studios", NY, NY

Track C96a "Water"
Recorded at "Electric Lady Studios", NY, NY
Mixed at "Electric Lady Studios", NY, NY; "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa
Contains elements of "Her Story", by The Flying Lizards [Quartz (BMI)/Rough Trade (BMI)]. Used courtesy of Virgin Records. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

Track C96b "The Abyss" & Track C96c
Recorded and Mixed at "Electric Lady Studios". New York, NY

Track C97 "Quills"
Recorded at "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa, by; "Encore Studios", Los Angeles, CA
Mixed at "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa
Contains elements of "Breakout" by The Swingout Sisters [EMI Virgin Songs, Inc. (BMI/PRS)]. Used courtesy of Mercury Records UK. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

Track C98 "Pussy Galore"
Produced for Tuff Jew Productions and Zoukhan Bey
Recorded at "Enterprise Studios"
Mixed at "Sony Studios", NY, NY,
Contains elements of "Because I Got It Like That" by the Jungle Brothers [Prodisc Music/Tonk Music/We Blows Up Music (ASCAP)]. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

Track C99 "Complexity"
Recorded at "THE STUDIO", illadelph, pa
Mixed at "Sony Studios". NY, NY

Track D100 "Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)"
Recorded and Mixed at "Electric Lady Studios"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label sides A + B): 088 112 997-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Label sides C + D): 088 112 998-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A hand-etched): 088-112-998-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B hand-etched): 088-112-998-1D
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side C hand-etched): 088-112-997-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side D hand-etched): 088-112-997-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout all sides hand-etched): RJ
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout all sides stamped): STERLING
  • Barcode (Printed): 0 08811 29961 3
  • Barcode (String): 008811299613

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
088 112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 088 112 996-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
113 138-0 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album + DVD-V, PAL + Ltd) MCA Records 113 138-0 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
FPBCD 366 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records FPBCD 366 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-4 The Roots Phrenology (Cass, Album) MCA Records 112 996-4 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version

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dorium_Tres

dorium_Tres

January 15, 2020
Vinyl, Me Please will most likely be doing an Essentials release of this very very soon. Keep those eyes peeled.
krushgr00ve

krushgr00ve

February 21, 2019
edited about 1 year ago

An understated and underrated follow up to Things Fall Apart that does not receive the credit it rightfully deserves. On tracks like Quills, P*ssy Galore and Water, Black Thought's lyrics seize your attention with political command. In more ways than one, it is more conscious rap than its predecessor.
akg7915

akg7915

July 2, 2018
Removed from my “wantlist” because every other day another becomes available but you all want way too much for a record that plenty of people seem to be cool with getting rid of