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A Tribe Called QuestThe Low End Theory

Label:Jive – 1418-2-J
Format:
CD, Album, DISC MFG
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious, Jazzy Hip-Hop

Tracklist

1Excursions3:53
2Buggin' Out3:38
3Rap Promoter2:13
4Butter3:39
5Verses From The Abstract
Double Bass [Jazz Bass]Ron Carter
Vocals [Vocal Tones]Vinia Mojica
3:59
6Show Business
Co-producerA Tribe Called Quest
Featuring [Appears On]Diamond D, Lord Jamar, Sadat X
ProducerSkeff Anselm
3:53
7Vibes And Stuff4:18
8The Infamous Date Rape2:54
9Check The Rhime3:36
10Everything Is Fair
Co-producerA Tribe Called Quest
ProducerSkeff Anselm
Written-ByS. Anselm*
2:59
11Jazz (We've Got)4:09
12Skypager2:13
13What?2:29
14Scenario
Featuring [Appears On]Busta Rhyme*, Charlie Brown, Dinco D
Written-ByB. Higgins*, P. Jackson*, T. Smith*
4:10
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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

  • Barcode (Text): 12414 14182
  • Barcode (Scanned): 1241414182
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): DISC MFG, INC. (H) W.O. 18164-1 14182J
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DISC MFG., INC. (H5) W.O. 18164-9V 14182J
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): DISC MFG, INC. (H) W.O. 18164-5 14182J
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): DISC MFG, INC. (H) W.O. 18164-1 14185J
  • Pressing Plant ID (Matrix): DISC MFG, INC.

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
The Low End Theory (LP, Album)JiveZL 74940Europe1991
The Low End Theory (LP, Album, Stereo)JiveHIP 117UK1991
The Low End Theory (CD, Album)Jive, JiveZD 74940, ZD74940UK & Europe1991
The Low End Theory (CD, Album)Jive, Jive(7) 051 351-2, CHIP 117UK1991
The Low End Theory (Cassette, Album)Jive1418-4-JUS1991

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harrysmorgan's profile picture
harrysmorgan
Help please!
Didn't this album get a full release on the US in 1991? I only see a promo and a triple vinyl show edition, and then the European pressings. THANKS!
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Mr.Sneis
Casually played through my 2016 purchased copy and I am happy to report it is not a stinker. I hesitated on snagging a copy due to some of the comments here. Digit copy or not, the mastering is actually much better than my copy of marauders which is quiet and very flat sounding. The jacket appears to be a very low budget scan job as well. This album is worth the risk, just try to find one from a retailer who is good about returns if you get a dud.
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groovaholik
Similar issues. Very annoying, crackles all the way through the B side in my case.
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ethan
If someone were to come up with a hip-hop time capsule that could store the best material of all time and bury it underground for another to uncover in 50 years' time, there is no question that this CD would be an automatic entry, along with Run-DMC's laceless Adidas shoes and Eric B's gold rope chains. With just their second release, ATCQ cemented their place in history. Jazzy samples underpining some of the best lyrics and tracks ever produced - and each Tribe member coming into their own (perhaps Phife with the biggest improvement, even getting his own track, "Butter"). From the opening lick of "Excursions" to the last chorus of "Scenario", all of it is sheer genius. The saying is true: they don't make 'em like this anymore. Want more proof? Look at VH1's 2007 Hip Hop Honors ceremony; guess which nominee everyone wanted to see finally get respect.
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Escapist
In my opinion this is one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever produced. The music alone is intelligent, catchy, jazzy and flat out great. The lyrics are smart and clever delivered smoothly by the sharp vocals of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg and Ali. This is some of the best production. Every track on here is a classic and will be remembered for decades...