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A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory

Label:Jive – 01241-41418-1
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, B&W Label
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious, Jazzy Hip-Hop


A2Buggin' Out3:38
A3Rap Promoter2:13
B1Verses From The Abstract
BassRon Carter
VocalsMs. Vinia*
B2Show Business
Co-producerA Tribe Called Quest
FeaturingDiamond D, Lord Jamar, Sadat X
ProducerSkeff Anselm
B3Vibes And Stuff4:18
C1The Infamous Date Rape2:54
C2Check The Rhime3:36
C3Everything Is Fair2:59
D1Jazz (We've Got)4:09

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Issued with black & white disc labels, unlike A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory. Current sealed copies are likely A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory, which has NRP and RE3 in runouts.

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

Management/Direction: Chris Lighty for Violator 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 (Side A runout - etched): 01241-41418-1 A Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout - etched): 01241-41418-1-B1 AA Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout - etched): 01241-41418-1-C1 AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout - etched): 01241-41418-1-D1 AA
  • Pressing Plant ID (URP [etched]):
  • Rights Society: ASCAP / BMI

Other Versions (5 of 54)

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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
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
  • prmarx's avatar
    Does anyone know if there are versions of this pressing that do not have the Ⓤ markings in the A/B side runouts?
    • BRinaldi's avatar
      I always thought I had the 2016 pressing, but it’s actually this 1996 version. I had to recheck the runouts. The first disc on my copy is badly warped and I remember it arriving in the mail that way. Luckily it plays fine and sounds great.
      • max_samhain's avatar
        that pressing is great. Much better than the recent reissues beinig sold under this entry.

        Cant someone stop these sellers selling inferior copies here under the same entry?
        • ConorS's avatar
          I’ve got the 2016 copy and it sounds great, no problems whatsoever. It did come with an extra side A/B though for some reason
          • ConorS's avatar
            I’ve got the 2016 copy and it sounds great, no problems whatsoever. It did come with an extra side A/B though for some reason
            • cousincole's avatar
              This pressing sounds great, the bad reviews must be confused people with the 2016 pressing... i mean look when all of them were posted lol
              • peemef's avatar
                The easiest way to distinguish this pressing from the others is a typo on the back where it states that Butter runs as long Rap Promoter (2:13)
                • boblintaywhistle's avatar
                  Not sure why so many people can't see that this entry is for the 1996 pressings, not the current/new millennium ones.
                  • knickstaped's avatar
                    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.
                    • jarrodcodes's avatar
                      Side B fine here. Barnes and Noble copy bought this week.