The Roots ‎– Phrenology

Universal ‎– B0029462-01
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Brown Marbled, 180g

Tracklist Hide Credits

Side 21
A87 Phrentrow
A88 Rock You
A89 !!!!!!!
A90 Sacrifice
Featuring – Nelly Furtado
A91 Rolling With Heat
A92 WAOK (Ay) Rollcall
Side 22
B93 Thought @ Work
B94 The Seed (2.0)
Featuring – Cody ChesnuTT
B95 Break You Off
Featuring – Musiq
Side 23
C96 Water
C97 Quills
C98 Pussy Galore
Side 24
D99 Complexity
Featuring – Jill Scott
D100 Something in the Way of Things (In Town)
D101 Rhymes and Ammo
Featuring – Dice Raw, Talib Kweli
D102 Thirsty!

Companies, etc.


  • Artwork By [Print] – Joren Cull
  • Lacquer Cut ByRKS*


VMP Exclusive Vinyl Edition
-First Vinyl Reissue since 2002

Jacket: Widespine Chipboard With Gold Foil. Foiled Stamped

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 21 (Side A)): 200852E1/A RKS STERLING B0029462-01 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 22 (Side B)): 200852E2/A RKS STERLING B0029462-01 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 23 (Side C)): 200852E3/A2 RKS STERLING B0029462-01 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 24 (Side D)): 200852E4/A3 RKS STERLING B0029462-01 D

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

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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February 14, 2020

This absolutely sounds better than I've ever heard this album sound. Phrenology is an album that i've deeply loved over the years, so I'm very familiar with how this "should" sound. especially on tracks like Water and Something in the Way of Things, it's like hearing it for the first time. clean and quiet in moments of silence; rich and dynamic at it's heights. Jacket, artwork, discs are all top notch.

i am extremely disappointed that it doesn't contain the false start of The Seed. I cannot fathom the reasoning was behind leaving this on the cutting floor. it's a small special detail that most people probably dont care about or have never heard. I also think it would have been a nice touch if they had separated the bonus tracks more (extra spacing or hidden groove track), but that's a stretch.

For me these minor (to some) things prevent this from being a flawless reissue. but in all other aspects this release nails it.


February 14, 2020
Very nice pressing of another essential album. Sounds thick and warm. The beats and rhyme spitting are ultra present and the record offers a delicious vibe as the needle does a smooth clean groove ride. Very pleased with the quality of this pressing as well as the music it contains.


February 14, 2020
But is this a repress of the original vinyl with the extended versions of a couple of tracks, or just the CD slapped on wax?


February 12, 2020
Gotta say, this is an amazing press. Very well done by Sterling and VMP.


February 12, 2020
Sound is fantastic, packaging great. Vinyl is a dark brown, flat and quiet. Great job by VMP


February 12, 2020
edited 4 days ago
Beautiful packaging and pressing. The archival paper VMP uses for the artwork is fantastic as well. For anyone interested: the vinyl is marbled brown, but not even slightly transparent. Beautiful nonetheless. So happy with their Record of the Month releases (as of recent). They did it again.

Roots crew forever.