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I played this album side by side from my computer (an MP3) and this vinyl, both run through and Allen & Heath mixer. I adjusted the gain on both so they were equal. I flattened out both EQs for comparison. The results were extraordinarily disappointing. This vinyl sounded like garbage next to an MP3 that was ripped from my original CD of this album. There was no amount of gain or EQ adjustment (I tried everything) that could make this vinyl sound nearly as good as the MP3!
This vinyl sounds very flat and dull. The low frequencies are very flat, not full and round like the original recording. The rest of the frequencies are also flat and muted compared to the original.
Another reviewer complained about the record having cracks or pops in "Can I Kick It?" These actually exist in the original recording. However, for some reason, in this vinyl version they cracks/pops are extremely pronounced. In the original version they are much more subtle. It is understandable why the other reviewer saw this as a flaw.
This pressing is nothing more than someone or some company's attempt to capitalize on the vinyl reissue market, with absolutely no attention whatsoever to quality. And no consideration whatsoever for the people who get their vinyl reissues anywhere other than Urban Outfitters (and actually give a 5#!* about the quality of the vinyl reissues they purchase). Zero effort was put into mastering this for vinyl or putting out a halfway decent pressing of this album.
Whoever authorized this pressing, including ATCQ, should be ashamed of themselves for such a blatant rip-off of loyal fans.
The intro to the first track, "Push It Along", immediately lets the listener know that this is not your average rap album. It's also not your average Tribe album. This is the only record that has Tribe as a whole. Jarobi's interludes are the only evidence that A Tribe Called Quest actually has (had) four members. The interludes also add an extra and unique quality to the album. They make it seem to be somewhat of a "concept album".
Overall, the reason this album is so good is Q-Tip. He shines on every song. His flow is fantastic and his voice is at its most innocent. This album is also the best example of his and Tribe's good-naturedness and playfulness. From "Luck of Lucien" to "Ham and Eggs", the flat-out bizarre style of story-telling is a welcome addition to the hip-hop community.
Phife's contribution to this album is a lot smaller than it is on future releases, but, in a way, makes his parts better. "Can I Kick It" in particular shows how well he compliments the crew. The back-and-forth flow between him and Q-Tip on "Ham and Eggs" is also a good example of this.
Also a key feature to this album is Ali's scratching technique. Although some of his later productions are better, these are pretty damn good, and the inclusion of his scratching makes them better.
Included on this disc are two bonus tracks that are every bit as worthy of bein on this album as any of the other ones on it.Read more ›
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