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A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory

Label:Jive – 19439937541, Sony Music Commercial Music Group – 19439937541
Series:Vinyl Me, Please. Essentials – E113
Format:
Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Green
Vinyl, LP, 45 RPM, Red
All Media, Album, Club Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious, Jazzy Hip-Hop

Tracklist

A1Excursions3:53
A2Buggin' Out3:38
A3Rap Promoter2:13
A4Butter3:39
B1Verses From The Abstract
Double Bass [Jazz Bass]Ron Carter
Vocals [Vocal Tones]Vinia Mojica
3:59
B2Show Business
Co-producerA Tribe Called Quest
Featuring [Appears On]Diamond D, Lord Jamar, Sadat X
ProducerSkeff Anselm
3:53
B3Vibes And Stuff4:18
C1The Infamous Date Rape2:54
C2Check The Rhime3:36
C3Everything Is Fair
Co-producerA Tribe Called Quest
ProducerSkeff Anselm
Written-ByS. Anselm*
2:59
D1Jazz (We've Got)4:09
D2Skypager2:13
D3What?2:29
D4Scenario
Featuring [Appears On]Busta Rhyme*, Charlie Brown, Dinco D
Written-ByB. Higgins*, P. Jackson*, T. Smith*
4:10
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Notes

Hype sticker:
First 2x45 release of Tribe's jazzy sophomore album
Lacquers cut by Ryan Smith, Sterling Sound; plated at Welcome to 1979
Pressed on exclusive 2LP green + red vinyl
Listening notes booklet by Marcus J. Moore; art print by Joe Grant

© 1991, 2021 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
℗ 1991 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Manufactured for Vinyl Me, Please by Sony Music Entertainment, 25 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010-8601

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

Direction/management: Baby Sound Productions and Rush Management.

"Excursions" contains samples from "Time Is Running Out" performed by The Last Poets and written by Omar Ben Hassen.
"Check The Rhime" features samples from Average White Band recording "Love Your Life" (H. Stuart/A. Gorrie/O. McIntyre/S. Ferrone/M. Duncan/R. Ball).
"Everything Is Fair" contains samples from "Let's Take It To The People" (G. Clinton/G. Shider/E. Hazel) performed by Funkadelic.
"Vibes And Stuff" contains samples from "Down Here On The Ground" (L. Shifrin/G. Garnet) performed by Grant Green.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Other (Number on hype sticker): 19439937541S1
  • Other (Number on obi): 19439937541OS1
  • Other (Number on listening notes booklet): 19439937541BK1
  • Other (Number on art print): 19439937541I1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 1, side A): 19439937541-A RE1 RKS STERLING 237826M1 1194927
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 1, side B): 19439937541-B RKS STERLING 237826M2 1140505
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 1, side C): 19439937541-C RKS STERLING 237826M3 1140501
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 1, side D): 19439937541-D RKS STERLING 237826M4 1140503
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 2, side A): 19439937541-A RE1 RKS STERLING 237826M1 1152496
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 2, side B): 19439937541-B RKS STERLING 237826M2 1213314
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 2, side C): 19439937541-C RKS STERLING 237826M3 1140501
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, variant 2, side D): 19439937541-D RKS STERLING 237826M4 1140503

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Low End Theory (CD, Album, DISC MFG)Jive1418-2-JUS1991
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The Low End Theory (LP, Album)JiveZL 74940Europe1991
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The Low End Theory (LP, Album, Stereo)JiveHIP 117UK1991
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The Low End Theory (CD, Album)Jive, JiveZD 74940, ZD74940UK & Europe1991
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The Low End Theory (CD, Album)Jive, Jive(7) 051 351-2, CHIP 117UK1991

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  • cultclassic's avatar
    cultclassic
    Represses available, unnumbered, shipping out mid-July at the earliest.
    https://www.vinylmeplease.com/products/a-tribe-called-quest-the-low-end-theory
    • McSqueezy's avatar
      McSqueezy
      Best sounding record in my collection. Playing a 12” at 45rpm really brings out the life of it.
      • retwah's avatar
        retwah
        bought this pressing from a guy on facebook marketplace for $30 plus shipping. felt like i robbed him. phenomenal pressing, feels like if MoFi did hiphop. 10/10.
        • waxfuzzrecords's avatar
          Sounds amazing compared to the original I had! Definitely the nicest pressing I’ve heard.
          • CCCross's avatar
            CCCross
            Incredible pressing! Loving the looks and the quality is outstanding. 10/10
            • AmVersion's avatar
              AmVersion
              Wow, I just compared this to a few different older pressings of singles and compilation tracks. Sooooooooo much better than any of the other sources. The highs shimmer, vocals are clear and spacious. Can't speak on other older pressings of LET, but this amazing stuff. I'd love to replace my OG Midnight Mauraders with VMP of this quality.
              • jbhiller's avatar
                jbhiller
                Mine is dead quiet. Powerful bass. Midrange is so vivid and dominate without being overbearing. Top end is a touch rolled off and smooth. I'm digging this much. I typically question any sonic need for rap (and other genres) on vinyl. In many cases it doesn't sound better on wax. This one does.

                I wonder if this one sounds so good on vinyl because of VMP's work, the sound quality of the original, and the fact that much of this was originally done including samples analog--or more analog than we get today. Ergo, less compression in the samples and beats.

                Enjoy this one.
                • wakai's avatar
                  wakai
                  Edited one year ago
                  I didnt care much for VMP (probably because I'm not in US) but since I got my hands on this one I can see I made a big mistake. Already planning to replace some of my records with VMP pressings. Fantastic stuff.
                  • Midnight_Mic's avatar
                    Midnight_Mic
                    Much improved pressing - the cringy sibilance is mostly remedied
                    • lgziabeher's avatar
                      lgziabeher
                      5,000 copies added in a month! Is this some sort of record?

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