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The Roots to Revisit ‘Things Fall Apart,’ ‘Do You Want More,’ & ‘Illadelph Halflife’ with Anniversary Reissues

The Roots are going into the vault to revisit many of their original recordings in honor of the upcoming anniversaries of several of their landmark albums. To mark the anniversaries of 1995’s Do You Want More?!!!??!, 1996’s Illadelph Halflife, and 1999’s Things Fall Apart, the Roots are releasing remastered reissues. The first of the remastered reissues, Things Fall Apart, will be released on Sept. 27 via Geffen/UMe/Urban Legends.

“We’re looking forward to going back to the vault to revisit our original recordings from the studio,” the Roots said in a statement. “And we’re excited to celebrate these albums by really delivering something special for our fans.”

The reissue of the hip-hop group’s fourth studio album, Things Fall Apart, will be available as a Standard and a Collector’s Edition. The Standard includes the original album remastered on double vinyl with a Questlove-curated third bonus LP. Featuring 10 songs total, the bonus vinyl will deliver previously unreleased tracks, extended live songs, and other rarities. A 24-page booklet with rare images, retrospective essays from Black Thought and Questlove, and liner notes from Questlove will also be included.

In addition to the Standard version's offering, the Collector’s version comes on clear vinyl and includes a die-cut slipcase with five alternate, interchangeable lithograph covers and foil stamp numbering. The Standard and Collector’s Edition are available for pre-order.

To mark the 25th anniversaries, the reissue for Do You Want More?!!!??! will be released in 2020 and the reissue for Illadelph Halflife will come in 2021.

Check out the Things Fall Apart reissue track list below.

Side A

  1. “Act Won (Things Fall Apart)”
  2. “Table of Contents (Parts 1 & 2)”
  3. “The Next Movement”
  4. “Step Into the Realm”
  5. “The Spark”

Side B

  1. “Dynamite!”
  2. “Without a Doubt”
  3. “Ain’t Saying Nothin’ New”
  4. “Double Trouble”

Side C

  1. “Act Too (The Love of My Life)”
  2. “100% Dundee”
  3. “Diedre vs. Dice”
  4. “Adrenaline!”
  5. “3rd Acts: ? Vs. Scratch 2…Electric Boogaloo”

Side D

  1. “You Got Me”
  2. “Don’t See Us”
  3. “The Return to Innocence Lost”
  4. “Act Fore… The End?”

Bonus Tracks
Side E

  1. ‘Table of Contents #3″
  2. “What You Want”
  3. “Quicksand Millennium”
  4. “We Got You” (Extended)
  5. “You Got Me” (Drum & Bass w/ Jill Scott)

Side F

  1. “You Got Me” (Me Tienes Remix)
  2. “Act Too (Love of My Life)” (Remix)
  3. “Y’all Know Who”
  4. “The Lesson – Part III” (w/ Jaguar Wright)
  5. “New Years @ Jay Dee’s”

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Article image: The Roots in Toronto in March 2007. (Aaron Matthews [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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