REVISED QUEST FOR TH

REVISED QUEST FOR TH

It's only because A Tribe Called Quest's first two albums--<I>People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm</I> and <I>The Low End Theory</I>--are so filled with great singles that the remixes on <I>Revised Quest for the Seasoned Traveller</I> are essential listening. The songs are freed from the constraints of having to fit into the style of the rest of the album, and Tribe open up the treasure chest: "The Luck of Lucien" gets a Deee-Lite-style disco beat; Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) recasts "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" with a tropical flavour; "Public Enemy" gets the dance-floor treatment; and "Can I Kick It?" is paid tribute with some funky new asides. Only the classic posse cut "Scenario"--which feels overcrowded by its newly dense soundscape--fails to improve with the added attention. <I>--Randy Silver</I>