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Just to reiterate the review is based on the quality not the music.
Opened my box and knew straight away something was up as it seemed to be crammed in the box. My suspicions were right and after opening, saw it was slightly bent. ( which we all know doesn’t help the playing quality ) anyway I tried to play it and the static was unbelievable !!! I’ve tried to de-static it as I’ve had to with others but this took ages to sort. Finally to top it off - it won’t play properly , it skips and jumps. Can’t be bothered to send back.
5-stars for the music ( which I now have to rely on Spotify 😂) incredible band , incredible album. Old school classic.
I'm not going to review the album because we all know it's one of the best ever created. The physical vinyl pressing however I can comment on and unfortunately it is horrible quality.
I've not been able to confirm this but this can't have been pressed from the original master because it's almost unrecognisable - it's so flat and lacking so much depth that it feels like I'm listening through a pair of laptop speakers.
If you're not that fussed about the quality though go for it!
Anyone who knows Tribe knows that this is a 5 star album and a classic. That's why I'm giving this review 3 stars. Because If I were reviewing just the vinyl quality by itself, it would get 1 star. The sleeve is as generic as they come. Just printed envelope more or less. The record itself is not great, either. Poorly constructed and the sound quality is very disappointing. Very flat and some of the subtle yet crucial sounds in the instrumental are nearly completely missing. Like my favorite song on the album, The Chase Pt. 2. You can barely hear the ambient organ sounds in the background that make the track so distinct and enjoyable. If you are just a collector and are looking to round off your Tribe collection, go ahead and get it because the price is at least somewhat fair. But if you're like me and primarily buy vinyl for audiophile sound quality, you're better off sticking with your MP3s or CDs. They really should just re-release this album as a double LP on 180g vinyl. I'd fork over an extra $10 for that in a heartbeat!
Shipping and all was great as usual, gotta love A Tribe Called Quest, especially this album and Low End Theory. However, when I opened the package, the spine, top, and bottom of the cover were busted slightly. Not sure if it was from the shipping or what, but I've gotten other records with this problem from amazon. The record itself is sort of low quality, I am aware it's not going to have 180g quality, but its just very quiet (dont blame it on my speakers/receiver either, other records are fine) and has lots of superficial scratches throughout both sides, it's not unlistenable but it's not enjoyable, it's a shame because I really love this album.
As other reviewers have stated, the tunes on this album are classic, but this pressing is pretty ****ed up. I am not an audiophile, by any means, I just expect a brand new record to be free of static and clicks. I have 50+ year-old bargain bin finds that play cleaner than this vinyl. I'm left scratching my head... what possibly could have happened during the mastering of this album that it sounds so wonk? Does not do the artists and their work justice. Pass IMO
I got sent ATLiens by OutKast instead of this album. Both are amazing albums and it’s funny because the album I recieved cost a little more on amazon than this tribe album. Basically what I’m getting at is I will be keeping this album (playing these fools) but be careful because that’s clowns might send you the wrong stuff. No five star for you