People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (25th Anniversary Edition)
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People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is, quite simply, one of the finest albums in hip-hop. It's easy to argue that A Tribe Called Quest reached their zenith on this, their debut album: though they went on to produce another world-class disc (The Low End Theory) and broadened their palates and their consciousness, never again were they quite this naturally free and easy. Q-Tip and Phife's delivery is deceptively simple, flowing like wine and tasting like candy, and Jairobi adds some contrast. The music, so self-assured that it never raises its voice to make a spectacle, follows suit. Four albums later, on their last tour, songs from Paths of Rhythm still were at the top of the set list. --Randy Silver
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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 album IMMEDIATELY announced what the Tribe was all about: mellow jazz grooves with conscious, aware and fun lyrical word play. Tribe announced themselves as the rap group for those of us who were raised middle class, interested in Afrocentrism and not into gangsterism. This album is truly a logical progression and link from be-bop Jazz to hip-hop and demonstrates how Jazz was ALWAYS at least a forefather of rap.
1.Push it Along
2.Luck of Lucien
5.I Left My Wallet in El Segundo
8.Can I Kick It?
10.Rhythm (Devoted to the ART OF Moving Butts)
12.Ham 'n' Eggs
13.Go Ahead the Head
14.Description of a Fool
I rated 5 points out of 5! The album is laid back style and the groove what can i say. Jarobi, he's the only member make a great interludes but one thing is he was missing from the later Tribe albums like The Low End Theroy. Why did he left before Low End Theroy arrived? Only video i saw from their first album was "Can I Kick It". The video introduces me to the video along with The Low End Theroy and and so on. I love the entire album including "Ham 'n' Eggs, that song was a real good time. I've heard the crew since October 1990 when I was 5 before the following month (November) I turn 6 years old One thing interest me was the The Low End Threoy because their Paths of Rhythm album where they had dashikis, afrocentric styles, hippy clothes just like De La Soul was wearing. They were looking like nerds and so follow-up changed the chemistry forever. I rated it 5 stars because of Bonita Applebum. Word to the Mother Land, A Tribe Called Quest. Good Work!!! Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Jarobi White, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad: ATCQ all the way!
Onto the product. The CD is well put together, the cover art is cool, and the CD sounds great. No complaints in this area.
This album defined what the band was all about; depth, creativity, flow, awesome rhymes, and a jazzy track to rap to.
"Can I Kick It? Yes you can."