The Roots ‎– Phrenology

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Tracklist

Phrentrow 0:20
Rock You 3:12
!!!!! 0:24
Sacrifice 4:44
Rolling With Heat 3:42
WAOK (AY) Rollcall 1:00
Thought @ Work 4:43
The Seed 2.0 4:27
Break You Off 7:27
Water (A. The First Movement) 10:24
Water (B. The Abyss / C. The Drowning)
Quills 3:46
Pussy Galore 4:29
Complexity 4:47
Something In The Way Of Things (In Town) 6:45
Untitled 2:00
Untitled 2:00
Rhymes & Ammo 2:00
Thirsty! 7:20
Untitled 0:05

Versions (25)

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
088 112 999-2 The Roots Phrenology (Clean version)(CD, Album) MCA Records 088 112 999-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-4 The Roots Phrenology (Cass, Album) MCA Records 112 996-4 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-1, 112 997-1, 112 998-1 The Roots Phrenology(2xLP, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records, MCA Records 112 996-1, 112 997-1, 112 998-1 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
088 112 996-1 The Roots Phrenology(2xLP, Album) MCA Records 088 112 996-1 US 2002 Sell This Version
FPBCD 366 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records FPBCD 366 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Mexico 2002 Sell This Version
UCIC-1067 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records UCIC-1067 US 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 078-0 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 088 113 078-0 US 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records, Helicon Records 112 996-2 Israel 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
UICC 1067 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records UICC 1067 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
0881129962 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 0881129962 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
0881130780 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album + DVD-V, Ltd, NTSC) MCA Records 0881130780 Canada 2002 Sell This Version
088 113 078-0 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album + DVD-V, Ltd, NTSC) MCA Records 088 113 078-0 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
088 112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album, Club) MCA Records 088 112 996-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
113 158-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album, S/Edition) MCA Records, Island Records 113 158-2 UK 2002 Sell This Version
UICY 6355 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album, RE) Geffen Records UICY 6355 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
B0029462-01 The Roots Phrenology(2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro) Geffen Records, Universal Music Special Markets B0029462-01 US 2020 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records 112 996-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
112 996-2, 113 138-0 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album, RP) MCA Records, MCA Records 112 996-2, 113 138-0 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
113 158-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album, S/Edition) MCA Records, Island Records 113 158-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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fborrull

fborrull

March 5, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01

Love this album, and love this band! The pressing and release by VMP is fantastic, worth every penny!
Seeds 2.0 is the song that got me into The Roots! LEGENDARY!
indotoxic

indotoxic

February 21, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01
Interestingly my copy is black and not brown marbeled. Anyone else got a black copy from vmp?
djsgribbs

djsgribbs

February 14, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01

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.
rickypacific

rickypacific

February 14, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01
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.
djbrainchild

djbrainchild

February 14, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01
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?
tmax92108

tmax92108

February 12, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01
Gotta say, this is an amazing press. Very well done by Sterling and VMP.
lofront31

lofront31

February 12, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01
Sound is fantastic, packaging great. Vinyl is a dark brown, flat and quiet. Great job by VMP
Smuttny

Smuttny

February 12, 2020
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, RM, Bro, B0029462-01
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.
dorium_Tres

dorium_Tres

January 15, 2020
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, 088 112 996-1
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
referencing Phrenology, 2xLP, Album, 088 112 996-1

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.