The Roots ‎– Phrenology

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Geffen Records ‎– B0029462-01, Universal Music Special Markets ‎– B0029462-01
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Side 21
A87 Phrentrow
Cello – Ken Golder, Michelle Golder, Nuah Vi, Sarah ChuiFeaturing – Ursula RuckerMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Tom CoyneProducer – Omar The Scholar, ?uestlove*Recorded By – Steve MandelRecorded By [Assisted By] – Shinobu MitsuokaSynthesizer [Arp] – Omar EdwardsWritten-By – Thompson*, Edwards*, Rucker*
A88 Rock You
Co-producer – The Grand WizzardsEngineer – Jon "Whew! What's That" Smelts*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Engineer [Assisted By] – Steve MandelEngineer [Asst. By] – Caliph Gamble, Vince Dilorenzo*Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Richard Nichols, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By [Assisted By] – Ray Wilson (2), Steve MandelProducer – DJ ScratchRecorded By – Robert "LB" DorseyRecorded By [Asst. By] – Charles McCrory*Written-By – Spizey*, Trotter*
A89 !!!!!!!
Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Ben Kenney, Jeff ChestekMixed By [Asst By] – Caliph GambleRecorded By – Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jeff ChestekRecorded By [Assisted By] – Ray Wilson (2)Written-By – Thompson*, Kenney*, Hubbard*
A90 Sacrifice
Backing Vocals – Nelly FurtadoCo-producer – Kamal GrayElectric Piano [Rhodes] – Kamiah "Little Clang" Gray*Featuring – Nelly FurtadoMixed By – Bob PowerMixed By [Assisted By] – Andy Brooks (3)Mixed By [Stuck Their Two Cents In] – Ahmir*, Rich*Producer – Kamiah GrayRecorded By – Jeff Chestek, Jon "Do Not Spell My Name With An H!!!!!" Smeltz*, Robert "LB" DorseyRecorded By [Asst By] – Gordon Gass*, Storm (159)Written-By – Thompson*, Gray*, Hubbard*, Trotter*
A91 Rolling With Heat
Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Jason Goldstein, Richard NicholsMixed By [Asst By] – Pablo ArrayaRecorded By – Jon SmeltzRecorded By [Asst By] – Gordon Glass*, Vince Dilorenzo*Written-By – Thompson*, Gray*, Jenkins*, Jones*, Greene*, Trotter*
Side 22
B93 Thought @ Work
Guest [Guest Drop Ins] – Alicia KeysMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By [Asst By] – Jon AdlerProducer – Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson*Recorded By – Ahmir Thompson*, Gordon Gass*, Jon Smelts*, Robert "LB" Dorsey, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Recorded By [Asst By] – Ray Wilson (2), Steef Van De Gevel, Steve Mandel, Thomas "Giggles" Brown*, Vince Dilorenzo*Written-By – Thompson*, Kenney*, Gray*, Hubbard*, Trotter*
B94 The Seed (2.0)
Co-producer – Cody ChesnuTTFeaturing – Cody ChesnuTTGuest [Guest Drop-Ins] – Ish "Butterfly" Butler*, Mos DefMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Mixed By [Assisted By] – Steef Van De Gevel, Steve MandelProducer – Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson*, Cody ChesnuTTRecorded By – Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jon Smelts*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Recorded By [Asst By] – Jesse Shatkin, Kurt Nepogoda, Ray Wilson (2)Written-By – ChesnuTT*, Trotter*
B95 Break You Off
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement] – MusiqFeaturing – MusiqGuest, Cello – Ken Golder, Michelle Golder, Nuah Vi, Sarah ChunGuest, Strings – James PoyserGuest, Synthesizer [Arp], Performer [And Stuff] – Omar EdwardsGuest, Tambourine – Knuckles (23)Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Bob Power, Jason Goldstein, Richard NicholsMixed By [Asst By] – Andy Brooks (3), Pablo ArrayaProducer – Kamal GrayProducer [Vocal Production] – MusiqRecorded By – Bob Power, Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jeff Chestek, Jim Bottari, Jon Smeltz, Ray "Boomer" Wilson*Recorded By [Asst By] – Andre Dandridge, Caliph Gamble, Gordon Goss, Vince Dilorenzo*Recorded By [Asst] – Andy Brooks (3)Written-By – Thompson*, Kenney*, Scott*, Gray*, Jenkins*, Jones*, Hubbard*, M. Soulchild*, Trotter*
Side 23
Water
C96a The First Movement
Co-producer – Kelo Saunders, The Grand WizzardsMixed By – Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Robert "LB" DorseyMixed By [Assisted By] – Vince Vilorenzo*, Shinobu Mitsuoka, Thomas "Giggles" Brown*Producer – TahirRecorded By – Steve MandelRecorded By [Asst By] – Shawn Taylor (2)Written-By – Trotter*, Williams*
C96b The Abyss
Guest, Guitar – James "Blood" Ulmer*, Jeff Lee Johnson*Guest, Percussion – Knuckles (23)Guest, Synthesizer [Moog] – James PoyserGuest, Theremin – James Gray (13)Guest, Voice [Scream] – Hope WilsonProducer – The Grand WizzardsRecorded By [Asst By], Mixed By [Asst By] – Steve Van De Gevel*Recorded By, Mixed By – Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelWritten-By – Thompson*
C96c The Drowning
Guest, Guitar – James "Blood" Ulmer*, Jeff Lee Johnson*Guest, Percussion – Knuckles (23)Guest, Synthesizer [Moog] – James PoyserGuest, Theremin – James Gray (13)Guest, Voice [Scream] – Hope WilsonProducer – The Grand WizzardsRecorded By [Asst By], Mixed By [Asst By] – Steve Van De Gevel*Recorded By, Mixed By – Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelWritten-By – Thompson*, Hubbard*, Gray*, Kenney*
C97 Quills
Co-producer – The Grand WizzardsGuest – Tracey MooreGuest, Percussion – Knuckles (23)Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Richard Nichols, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*Producer – Kareem Da Bawl*Recorded By – Jim Bottari, Jon Smeltz, Robert "LB" DorseyRecorded By [Asst By] – Gordon Gass*, James McKrone, Vince Dilorenzo*Written-By – Riggins*, Trotter*
C98 Pussy Galore
Guest, Backing Vocals – Tracey MooreMixed By – Bob PowerMixed By [Asst By] – Adam BrooksMixed By [Lean Over Bob's Shoulder] – Ahmir Thompson*, Richard NicholsProducer – Scott Storch, Zoukhan Bey*Recorded By – Robert "LB" Dorsey, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelRecorded By [Asst By] – Scott Whiting, Shawn Taylor (2)Written-By – Storch*, Trotter*
Side 24
D99 Complexity
Co-producer – Omar The Scholar*, ?uestlove*Featuring – Jill ScottGuest, Percussion – Knuckles (23)Guest, Synthesizer [Arp] – Omar EdwardsGuest, Vocals – Jill ScottMixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Bob (Fill In Blank) Power*, Richard NicholsRecorded By – Carlos "Storm" Martinez, Jeff ChestekRecorded By [Asst By] – Gordon Gass*Written-By – Thompson*, Scott*, Gray*, Hubbard*, Edwards*, Trotter*
D100 Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)
Recorded By [Asst By], Mixed By [Asst By] – Steef Van De GevelRecorded By, Mixed By – Ahmir Thompson*, Russ "The Dragon" Elevado*, Steve MandelWritten-By – Thompson*, Baraka*, Kenney*
D101 Rhymes And Ammo
D102 Thirsty!

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Sticker:
VMP Exclusive Vinyl Edition
-First Vinyl Reissue since 2002
- Lacquers cut by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
- Pressed on 180g Marbled Brown Vinyl

Packaged in a widespine chipboard jacket stamped with gold foil.

A Geffen Records release; ?2002 ?2019 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Manufactured by Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 - U.S.A.

A87. Birthed September 2002
Recorded at Elecreic Lady Studios, NY, NY [...]
Mixed at Sterling Sound [...]

A88. Birthed August 2000
Recorded at Battery Studios, NY, NY by Robert "LB" Dorsey asst. by Charles McCrory; THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa engineered by Jon "whew! what's that" Smelts. Asst. by Vince Dilorenzo, and Caliph Gamble; and Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY engineered by Russ "THE DRAGON" Elevado assisted by Steve Mandel
Mixed at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa [...]

A89. Birthed March 2002
Recorded at A HOUSE CALLED QUEST, illadelph, pa [...]
Mixed at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa [...]

A90. Birthed March 2002
Recorded at Motive Studios inside THE STUDIO and THE STUDIO [...], illadeph, pa by Jon "Do Not Spell My Name With An H!!!!!" Smeltz and Jeff Chestek asst by Gordon Gass, asst by Storm and ENTERPRISE STUDIOS, Burbank, CA by Robert "LB" Dorsey
Mixed at SONY STUDIOS, NY, NY [...]

A91. Birthed February 2002
Recorded at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa [...]
Mixed at Sony Studios, NY, NY [...]

B93. Birthed July 2000 | Rebirth March 2002
Recorded at ?uest's fruits and berry ranch by Ahmir Thompson. THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa by Jon Smelts and Gordon Gass asst by Vince Dilorenzo and Ray Wilson; Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY by Russ "The Dragon" Elevado asst by Steve Mandel and Steef Van De Gevel; and Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA by Robert "LB" Dorsey asst by Thomas "Giggles" Brown
Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY [...]
Contains elements from the composition "Apache" by The Sugar Hill Gang [Sugar Hill Music (BMI)]. Used courtesy of Warner Special Products (North America) and Sanctuary/Castle (for the world outside North America). Also contains elements of "Jam On The Groover" by Ralph McDonald [Antisia Music/Cherry Lane Music (ASCAP)]. Used courtesy of Cherry Lane Music. Lastly, contains elements of "Human Beat Box" by The Fat Boys (EMI Longitude Music). Used courtesy of Sutra Records.

B94. Planted November 2001
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY by Russ "The Dragon" Elevado asst by Jesse Shatkin and Kurt Nepogoda; THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa by Jon Smelts and Carlos "Storm" Martinez asst by Ray Wilson
Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY [...]

B95. Planted January 2002
Recorded at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa by Jeff Smeltz, Jeff Chestek, Jim Bottari, and Carlos "Storm" Martinez asst by Caliph Gamble, Vince Dilorenzo, and Gordon Goss; Sony Studios, NY, NY by THE HIGHER AUTHORITY (but known to us mere mortals as Bob Power) asst by Andy Brooks and Homecookin Studios by Ray "Boomer" Wilson asst Andre Dandridge
Mixed at Sony Studios, NY, NY by Jason Goldstein, Ahmir Thompson, and Richard Nichols asst by Pablo Arraya. And Bob Power asst by Andy Brooks

C96.
a. the first movement | Birthed May 2001 11:30 pm | Finished March 1, 2002 1:31 am
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY [...]
Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY; THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa by Russ "The Dragon" Elevado. Assisted by Vince Vilorenzo, and Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY, by Robert "LB" Dorsey assisted by Thomas "Giggles" Brown and Shinobu Mitsuoka
Contains elements of "Her Story" by The Flying Lizards[Quartz (BMI)/Rough Trade (BMI)/Artsong (BMI)]. Used courtesy of Virgin Records.
b. the abyss | c. the drowning | Birthed January 2002
Recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY [...]

C97. Birthed December 2000
Recorded at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa by Jon Smeltz and Jim Bottari asst by Vince Dilorenzo and Gordon Gass; Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA by Robert "LB" Dorsey asst by James McKrone
Mixed at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa [...]
Contains elements of "Breakout" by The Swingout Sisters [EMI Virgin Songs Inc. (BMI/PRS)]. Used courtesy of Mercury Records UK.

C98. Birthed June 2000
Produced by Scott Storch for Tuff Jew Productions and Zoukhan Bey
Recorded at Enterprise Studios, Burbank, CA by Robert "LB" Dorsey asst by Scott Whiting; Electric Lady Studios, NY, NY, by Russ "The Dragon" Elevado and Steve Mandel asst. by Shawn Taylor
Mixed at Sony Studios, NY, NY, [...]
Contains elements of "Because I Got It Like That" by the Jungle Brothers [Prodisc Music/Tonk Music/We Blows Up Music (ASCAP)].

D99. Birthed May 2002
Recorded at THE STUDIO, illadelph, pa [...]
Mixed at Sony Studios, NY, NY [...]

D100. Birthed December 2001
Recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios [...]

Mastered [...] at Sterling Sound, New York, NY

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 21 (side A) runout): 200852E1/A RKS STERLING B0029462-01 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 22 (side B) runout): 200852E2/A RKS STERLING B0029462-01 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 23 (side C) runout): 200852E3/A2 RKS STERLING B0029462-01 C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 24 (side D) runout): 200852E4/A3 RKS STERLING B0029462-01 D

Other Versions (5 of 24) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
088 112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 088 112 996-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
113 138-0 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album + DVD-V, PAL + Ltd) MCA Records 113 138-0 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
FPBCD 366 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records FPBCD 366 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-4 The Roots Phrenology (Cass, Album) MCA Records 112 996-4 Thailand 2002 Sell This Version
112 996-2 The Roots Phrenology(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 996-2 Europe 2002 Sell This Version

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indotoxic

indotoxic

February 21, 2020
Interestingly my copy is black and not brown marbeled. Anyone else got a black copy from vmp?
djsgribbs

djsgribbs

February 14, 2020

This absolutely sounds better than I've ever heard this album sound. Phrenology is an album that i've deeply loved over the years, so I'm very familiar with how this "should" sound. especially on tracks like Water and Something in the Way of Things, it's like hearing it for the first time. clean and quiet in moments of silence; rich and dynamic at it's heights. Jacket, artwork, discs are all top notch.

i am extremely disappointed that it doesn't contain the false start of The Seed. I cannot fathom the reasoning was behind leaving this on the cutting floor. it's a small special detail that most people probably dont care about or have never heard. I also think it would have been a nice touch if they had separated the bonus tracks more (extra spacing or hidden groove track), but that's a stretch.

For me these minor (to some) things prevent this from being a flawless reissue. but in all other aspects this release nails it.
rickypacific

rickypacific

February 14, 2020
Very nice pressing of another essential album. Sounds thick and warm. The beats and rhyme spitting are ultra present and the record offers a delicious vibe as the needle does a smooth clean groove ride. Very pleased with the quality of this pressing as well as the music it contains.
djbrainchild

djbrainchild

February 14, 2020
But is this a repress of the original vinyl with the extended versions of a couple of tracks, or just the CD slapped on wax?
tmax92108

tmax92108

February 12, 2020
Gotta say, this is an amazing press. Very well done by Sterling and VMP.
lofront31

lofront31

February 12, 2020
Sound is fantastic, packaging great. Vinyl is a dark brown, flat and quiet. Great job by VMP
Smuttny

Smuttny

February 12, 2020
edited 18 days ago
Beautiful packaging and pressing. The archival paper VMP uses for the artwork is fantastic as well. For anyone interested: the vinyl is marbled brown, but not even slightly transparent. Beautiful nonetheless. So happy with their Record of the Month releases (as of recent). They did it again.

Roots crew forever.