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  • Audio CD (June 24 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000005DQR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
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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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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By Charles on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
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 musical journey. The scratches are not repetative and the samples make you wonder: "Where did he get that from"? One of my personal favorites has got to be "Mutal Slump". He truly blends Bjork's "Possibly Maybe" sample just right and the song makes your mind and body beg for more of the song. Also, "The Number Song", which is THE most dancable song in the album, has a B-Boy-ish feel to it and the scratches are tight. "Organ Donor" is really different, but works. Overall, this album really is genius and highly recommend to anyone who likes all kinds of music and is open-minded. And for all you new readers, FYI: This album was aknowledged in the 2001 Guiness Book of Records for "Most samples in any album" ("Entroducing" is 100% sampled). Cool, huh?!
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