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Endtroducing

DJ Shadow Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
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1. Best foot forward
2. Building steam with a grain of salt
3. Number song
4. Changeling
5. Transmission (1)
6. What does your soul look like (part 4)
7. Untitled
8. Stem/Long stem
9. Transmission (2)
10. Mutual slump
11. Organ donor
12. Why hip hop sucks in '96
13. Midnight in a perfect world
14. Napalm brain/Scatter brain
15. What does your soul look like (2) (part 1 - blue sky revisit)
16. Transmission (3)

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DJ Shadow, a.k.a. Josh Davis, could be credited with bringing newfound introspection to the gloating sounds of hip-hop. Condensed with urban oscillations and scatological beats, Endtroducing shutters with eclectic samples and aural montages that reach beyond the constraints of hip-hop style. Enhancing the mix with fundamentals of rock, soul, funk, ambient, and jazz, the modern fusions fail to go unnoticed, even by the casual listener. While most of the tracks are compiled by layering samples from vinyl treasures found in used-record bins, the production quality of the mosaic is unmatched. Darkened melodies carry throughout the album with its eye on the end of the tunnel. The narration samples come from numerous sources and keep the listener involved and waiting for resolution. With a message as fragmentary as an overheard conversation, Endtroducing conveys no apparent conclusion, but begs the mind, body, and soul for some rewind. --Lucas Hilbert

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album Jan. 18 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This has got to be my favourite hip-hop/alternative/whatever album of all time. Quality sampling, extremely clever guy. Just thought id throw my review in so that it could get yet another 5 stars because it deserves it. Not one bad song on it and 'hip hop sucks '96' explains it all....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Producing one of the best albums ever July 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
From the opening sample of "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt" where a voice is heard saying "Producing..." you know you are listening to an outstanding piece of work. In order to better understand this, you have to position yourself at the time this album came out.
You have to realize Trip Hop was already in full fledge: Massive Attack and Portishead had already come out with their own thing, but DJ Shadow came with a different proposal in 1996 when he produced 'Endtroducing...'. Through the magic of samples, he blended in a way many have tried to copy, yet no one yet matched, genres such as rock, soul, funk, ambient, and jazz, into a final product that transcends time. If you need further proof of that, think how long it's been since this album came out (1996) as you are reading this, sit back, listen to it and be amazed, as so many have been amazed to this day.
After listening to 'Endtroducing...' almost daily for three weeks now, turning back and thinking of acts such as Fatboy Slim almost feels awkward, considering his sample-based 'Better Living Through Chemistry' came out almost a full year after Shadow's debut. Granted that everyone has a place in music, DJ Shadow's genius with sampling work simply is above and beyond, making this not only his breakthrough, but also one of the best albums ever.
Other favorite tracks: "Changeling", "Untitled" and the grandieuse "Mutual Slump". If you want to take a dip into an evolved form of his work, check out his side project, U.N.K.L.E., in particular 'Psyence Fiction'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shadow of himself July 6 2004
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A couple years back i became interested in underground hip hop and turntablism. My first, and best purchase, was DJ Shadows Endtroducing. Nary a day goes by that I do not find myself listening to this album. The way he mixes and blends the songs together puts Shadow at the top of his game on this record. Where this album excels is in its ability to not only drag you into the world that Shadow has produced but takes you through the mind of one the most talented individuals in all of music. If you enjoy music, do yourself a favor and buy this album. You will never find another like it, as it creates a constant state of euphoria, as the beats and samples are blended together in such a way that it is almost impossible to describe.in my top 10 albums of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dj shadow has proved that he is one of the greatest artists ever. With such diverse tracks and complex beats, Endtroducing will be something to look back on from years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good work May 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
DJ Shadow surprised me twice. First time, when I first heard "Endtroducing", which I borrowed from a friend. Never before had I heard such thoughtful and brilliantly blended instrumental hip-hop-based music. Second time was when I found out, that this entire record is made of samples. Only samples. 100% samples, and nothing else. Knowing this, I found a whole new perspective to this music. Besides being a good composer and songwriter, DJ Shadow is also technically proficient like no one else. His mastery of sampling is astonishing. It's obvious, how much time and effort was put into creating "Endtroducing", and how perfect it became in te end. DJ Shadow displays technological perfectionism in everything.
On to the music. The music is basically hip-hop with a huge influence of jazz, with a touch of drum-n-bass and trip-hop. With an exception of "The Number Song" and "Mutual Slump", the tracks are mostly mellow ambient pieces, and the entire album is very pleasing to the ears, and to the mind either. The abundance and variety of sampled cuts prove that Shadow has a deep background of music studying, since I've never seen anyone guessing the source of most of samples on this album.
Once again I'll insist that this record is an example of music that most of us have never heard before, and at least one album of DJ Shadow is a necessary listen. This one might be the best of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The master of aural collage makes his debut. April 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
In 1998 I had a crush on a girl named Ellie. On a rainy day we decided on an awkward quasi-date to Rasputin's Records and Blondie's Pizza. I sat down in the passenger seat of her beat-up Accord, she started the engine, and her tape player introduced me to a twinkling piano and hypnotizingly slow breakbeats. The notes fell like raindrops on her windshield, and forever in my mind, that moment, Ellie's perfume, my nervous tension, and DJ Shadow's "Building Steam With A Grain of Salt" were locked inseparably together. Whenever the rain starts to fall -- not a hard rain and not a sprinkle, but a steady, plodding, relentless patter of water on earth -- I think of this song.
Josh Davis, also known as DJ Shadow, makes that kind of impact with the arcane record samples he artfully merges into cohesive, thoughtful, revelatory aural collages. He is obsessed. He digs up sounds you and I have never heard before, and maybe a thing or two we have heard before, and fuses them into some brilliant new heterogeneous dream with the power to stir the subconscious and induce sheer awe.
Once I bought his CD and broke free of the hold that "Building..." had on me, I got accustomed to the other twelve tracks of the album. There were many pleasant surprises. I found "Midnight in a Perfect World" just as addicting as the song that got me hooked in the first place, a loping, seductive, scratch-heavy, impossibly beautiful five minutes and two seconds. "Changeling" was another fast favorite, like a lush sunset after a long summer day. "Stem/Long Stem" creeped me out with pernicious string samples surrounding a single lonely chime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing album
Call it Trip-Hop, Hip-Hop, or rap, DJ Shadow really makes you think. For example, with an intro like "Best Foot Foward", you can truly believe you're going to go on a... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should own a copy of this album.
This album is one of the most beautiful pieces of art I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I have been a full time musician, and as such have listened to a wide variety of... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by "geevious"
5.0 out of 5 stars Your already here, so buy it.
This album has got alot of critical acclaim and none of you have probably heard it. DJ Shadow is the master of sampling. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by TrEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Beauty
As you've most likely read time and time again, fans of music all over the world have rated DJ Shadow with 5 stars consistently across this board. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Xebec
5.0 out of 5 stars SONG #10 IS TOO SHORT!!!
...But with that and the exorbitant price I paid for DJ Shadow's phenomenal "Endtroducing..." notwithstanding, I thouroughly enjoyed this CD from beginning to end. Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by D. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars over the top
I must say this is one of my favorite albums that I own and I have over 300 cds. I really don't know what to say about this album though. It is different than anything out there. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by DarkSledge
5.0 out of 5 stars What to say that hasn't been said...
As a musician, I tend to look at music through a performer's "eyes": where's the song going? What's that instrumentation I hear? What's the story being told? Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2003 by Eric Weaver
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