The Roots' unknown first album that was recorded FOR* their Europe tour (shouts to Black Thought for finally setting the record straight) and released independently in 93 before the Roots signed with MCA. Good news for you: this is quite possibly the Roots best LP. It's more raw than "Do You Want More," with a playful sound, that at points, focuses more on the live-band aspect of emcee/band interaction. Double LP of songs that should have easily been banging major label singles... but yes, some things are best left unspoiled. "Grits" with that organ riff is one of nicest songs we've heard in a while. Also includes "The Longest Posse Cut in History" (12 minutes), live tracks, and some live-style band out-takes. Ever wonder why "Do You Want More??!!" started out with song #18? Recommended.
- black double vinyl pressing
- music label: Remedy Recordings 2021
reviewed by the mgmnt 08/2015