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Home Grown Vol.1 is the beginner's guide to understanding The Roots. Volumes One And Two each contain exclusive hard and rare released tracks. Volume 1 features Common, Jill Scott, Roy Ayers and more. MCA. 2005.

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With the Roots signing to Def Jam, their soon-to-be-old label Geffen has taken advantage by releasing a two volume anthology of the Roots' best songs from this perioid (1994 - 2004). Unlike other greatest hits compilations by artists who can't justify the hubris, the Roots catalog runs ocean deep and these two albums are able to pull from off-the-beaten-path album cuts ("Double Trouble"), rare remixes (Black Thought's "Distortion to Static" mix), live recordings ("It's Comin"), plus the occasional mega-hit ("You Got Me"). Even for hardcore Roots fans, they might yet be surprised by a few of the inclusions here, especially "Good Music," a song off The Roots' very first album, Organix, released independently before they signed to Geffen. Between the two volumes, #1 is far and away superior in terms of song selection. Volume 2 isn't nearly as strong but it has some interesting tidbits, including a live medley of "The Seed/Melting Pot/Web" from BBC's Radio One. --Oliver Wang

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  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000BLI4SI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on November 25, 2005
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Having formed in Philadelphia 1989, and having long been considered to be the premier band for 'Live' performances, 'The Roots' are a band that although hugely talented, complete mainstream acceptance has eluded them thus far. With a penchant for Sprawling Jazz-inflected arrangements, and an organic form of production (they rarely, if ever use sampling), and the more cerebral and socially-conscious form of lyrical delivery and frequent excursions into extended Jam sessions, means that their music jars with the more Bling obsessed / Party orientated Hip-Hop that acquires slots in the music charts. Which is a shame, as they have a great deal to offer, and work alongside a relatively small collection of artists that seem intend on pushing forward positive messages ("Common", "Talib Kweli", "Jurassic 5", "Mos Def"..etc). But having a positive message or putting intelligence over posturing, isn't always a guaranteed way to success. So possibly in an effort of win some new fans, the label have lssued a two volume compilation of tracks that contains the majority of their most popular work, to ensnare new listeners, as well as including unreleased tracks, remixes and 'Live' versions of tracks to tempt existing fans (Like myself), into buying this.

The thing with the Roots is that their work is never really been made with the casual user in mind. Once you've discovered the band, the emphasis is on the listener to interpret their music, and digest their way of doing things.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fatimaah S. Carmichael on August 16, 2006
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The Roots represent, that unrefined and pure hip hop. This CD is wonderful because it provides you with a sample of their great work. They are the truth, and unfortunately they are not recognized to the level that they should. The blending of live instruments is so pure in their music. I think that often individuals have been so tuned into radio, and commercial music, when they hear the purity of the Roots, they really don't know how to appreciate it. Well this is only a sample of the great work of the Roots. They are truly without a doubt the ultimate. Check this out, and then get more of their CD's to really feel their true talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin K. Potter on November 21, 2005
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I always thought the Roots sound like what should have been the natural evolution of Jazz. Instead, most hip-hop has broken sharply away from its Jazz and R&B origins, but the Roots more readily embrace this past.

The Roots certainly have hip-hop elements, but by no means do they fit within the confines of that genre. If you have never heard them, you really should pick this or their live album up and give it a try. If you've heard them before, this should be a welcome addition. If you don't like them, I'd like an explanation why ... they are great instrumentalists, lyricists and performers.

Highlights of this album include Double Trouble (with Mos Def), Act Too (with Common), The Next Movement and You Got Me never fails to grab a heartstring or two. But there aren't any weak tracks, the album is easy on the ears from beginning to end. I'm withholding the five-star rating because I think their live album is better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Norfeest VINE VOICE on November 21, 2005
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Home Grown! The Beginner's Guide to Understanding The Roots, Vol. 1 is a must have album for any Roots fan. The album includes rare singles and remixes as well as some unreleased material like "Proceed 2", "Distortion To Static [Black Thought Mix], and "It's Comin' [Live]. Also, "Double Trouble" includes about 20 seconds of bonus beats. The rest is random cuts from previous albums and movie soundtracks. The liner notes alone make this album worth the asking price. They're chock full of golden tidbits that add to The Roots' personality (if that's even possible considering how they already display tons of color and personality). Anyone that owns a Roots album should be familiar with ?uestlove's musings. He explains the creative process behind each song on the album. Every now and then he rambles, but that's part of his charm, so it works well.

I can only think of one problem with this disc. Track -20 is the original version of "You Got Me" which features vocals from Jill Scott instead of Erykah Badu. While I love Jill Scott as much as the next R&B lover, I have to point out that she sounds like she had a few drinks before recording her vocals. Actually, it's quite annoying. Personally, I think this song should've stayed hidden, but that's just me. It's not terrible, but it's definitely forgettable. Other than that, this album is great.

Home Grown! Vol. 1 should be a welcome addition to the library of any fan of good rap music. This album is great for folks that have been listening to The Roots since 1990 as well as newcomers. Both longtime fans and newcomers will find something great on this album. I highly recommend this set (as well as Vol. 2) to all Roots fans as well as anyone that just wants good/quality rap music.

Standout Tracks: No Hometro/Proceed 2, Clones, What They Do, Double Trouble, Act Too [Love of My Life], Distortion to Static [Black Thought Mix], and Do You Want More
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