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  • Audio CD (Dec 18 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000005DQR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 164 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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Format: Audio CD
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 good and not so good music, but this album is just...phenomenal. DJ Shadow has the mind of a musical genius. Also being a Massive Attack fan, I find the production side of it intriguing. It almost seems minimalistic; cutting and pasting, putting samples on top of beats and mixing, but the whole album comes together so perfectly! DJ Shadow is an inspirational musician. I find his music uplifting, and suitable for any situation. Changeling is probably my favourite track. DJ Shadow has the phattest beats ever! Just the drum tracks alone could be an album worthy of buying.
I am the proud owner of many CDs, but Endtroducing and Private Press are almost all I listen to these days. Not much music I hear actually gets me dancing, but Changeling, The Number Song, and Mutual Slump make me get up and boogie. So much GROOVE! I can't say enough good things about this album or the artist. Can't categorise him either. He's called DJ Shadow, but he's not your average scratch-break DJ. Ambience I think, is his thing.
If you don't own a DJ Shadow album, buy one today. You'll be a better person for it.
Also, don't rip him off, buy his album, don't burn it.
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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. I could rave and rant about the depth, complexity, and pure beauty of his genre-breaking and genre-fusing songs, but you've already read about that. What I will tell you is a personal account of how DJ Shadow's music has given me hope in my darkest hour. How it has uplifted me from the depths of depression when I felt there was no reason left to go on. My life had been falling apart uncontrollably and I was constantly at a loss of words as to how depressed and miserable I was down to the very last fiber of my being. Life was cold, lonely and completely unfair. I was at the bottom of the gutter. As almost a last testament and tribute to the horrid life I had led up to that point I decided to let some DJ Shadow flow through my headphones one last time. There I lay in my bed, completely lost in my ever-increasing haze of darkness when the first few notes of Changeling echoed from the headphones into my ears. As the music continued I could feel my soul being being touched as emotional waves flowed throughout my body. How could I end my life when there is such beautiful music in the world? DJ Shadow has the ability to produce music that reflects the true beauty of that which is human. His music has allowed to me appreciate beauty in everything and respect the opportunity I have of just being alive and breathing. Pure bliss is the only way to describe how I feel when I put his albums on. As long as there are people like DJ Shadow in the world, I want to be here too.
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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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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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