The Roots Treat 'Things Fall Apart' to Expanded Anniversary Reissue
They'll do the same for 'Do You Want More?!!??!' and 'Illadelph Halflife'
Published Aug 16, 2019This past February marked 20 years since the Roots released Things Fall Apart, and the hip-hop band have now announced that the album will receive an expanded anniversary reissue to mark the occasion.
Set to arrive September 27 through Geffen/UMe/Urban Legends, the remastered reissue will see release in two different configurations.
A standard release will see the original album featured alongside a third LP of bonus tracks curated by Questlove, complete with a 24-page booklet with rare images, retrospective essays by Black Thought and Questlove, and track-by-track liner notes from Questlove.
A collector's edition set (seen above) will include all of the above pressed to clear vinyl, and will be housed in a die-cut slipcase with all five of the album's alternate covers as interchangeable lithographs with foil stamp numbering.
The band are also looking ahead in announcing similar treatments for 1995's Do You Want More?!!??! and 1996's Illadelph Halflife. Those albums will celebrate their 25th anniversaries in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
"We're looking forward to going back to the vault to revisit our original recordings from the studio and we're excited to celebrate these albums by really delivering something special for our fans," the Roots said in a statement.
News of the reissues arrives after Questlove pointed to the loss of unreleased material from Do You Want More?!!??! and Illadelph Halflife sessions in wake of a bombshell story on a 2008 warehouse fire at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Back in June, Questlove said he had "been dying to find all the old reels and mix the 8 or 9 songs that never made DYWM. My plan for both DYWM & IH was to release all the songs and instrumental/acapella mixes on 45," adding that the final masters for each of the album were unscathed.
Pre-order details for the Things Fall Apart reissue have yet to be revealed. The Roots' most recent studio album is 2014's ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.