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  • Audio CD (Jan. 13 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Island - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000005DQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strike 1
2. Influx
3. Hindsight
4. Strike 2
5. What does your soul look like (part 2)
6. What does your soul look like (part 3)
7. What does your soul look like (part 4)
8. What does your soul look like (part 1)
9. Strike 3
10. High noon
11. Organ Donor [Extended Overhaul]

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This set compiles much of DJ Shadow's pre-major label material in one convenient package in an attempt to foil bootleggers and bring new fans up-to-date in the curriculum. The results are naturally varied, but all point to a marvellous evolution of talent. The collection is kept together primarily by its propensity for jazzy beats and psychedelic loops. Shadow (né Josh Davis) moves through everything from old school funk ("In/Flux") to grungy 1960s-style guitar rave-ups ("High Noon"). The centrepiece of the set, however, is a four-part composition called "What Does Your Soul Look Like", which is likely to be the first ever entirely sample-driven rock opera. It's a brilliant piece of work, laced with intriguing sounds, sound bites, and a detectable set of motion. It is also quite possibly better than anything on the critically -acclaimed Entroducing. --Aidin Vaziri

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This record is getting ripped on by a couple of reviewers for not being Endtroducing... or Private Press. They all agree that High Noon and Organ Donor are all that make this cd worth having and that is some straight-up bull$!@#. This was my introduction to Shadow and it might have taken a little while to really sink in, but it hooked me on his music and made me vow to pick up everything he laid his lily white hands upon. This record is like Neitzche's void opening up in your mind and fixing its dark gaze right into the center of you. I've just heard Joseph Campbell mention that poetry is a metaphor for all the mysteries of existence and this for me is a transcendent poem that has helped glimpse behind the mask of the mysteries.
Preemptive Strike is mostly slow and plodding, but each beat dropped lands right in the center of my head. It builds and builds, creating mischief from disparate sources of sound, weaving together a web that seems to form a story that you could almost make out if some of the pieces weren't missing. Some of the most affecting spoken samples are from "Johnny Got His Gun", as I later found out. Go see that movie if you like this record. If you enjoy "Diamond Sea" by Sonic Youth, "1983..." by Jimi Hendrix or "Revolution #9" by the Beatles, give this record a couple of spins through a pair of huge headphones.
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By Donovan Reese on April 17 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let me just say that my indtroduction to DJ Shadow has been really strange in comparison that of others. The first CD I got of his was The Private Press. While I loved it, it made Endtroducing, which I bought months later, sound dated. While it has since grown on me, for a while, I thought The Private Press was better.
This CD is by far the least inspiring of the stuff I've heard of Shadow's. The music is too sparse of many of the songs, I find. In Flux is just drums for the first 3 minutes, and while I've always found Shadow's percussion to be very robust and refreshing, I don't think it's enough to make a whole song.
The "What Does Your Soul Look Like" series was nice, the first one (in order, not how it's numbered on the box) being the best to me. But I was less than impressed that Shadow decided to put part 4 and part 1 on, both of which I'd heard on Endtroducing, and with only minimal changes to keep my interest.
But "High Noon" is a great track, reminiscent of Spaghetti Westerns (explaining the title), and the remix to Organ Donor is also good, and it's fresh enough that it doesn't remind me too much of the original.
Overall, this piece is the least of Shadow's work, in my opinion. Of course, much of it was earlier stuff, and he may not have found his niche until after it's completion. I'm still a big Shadow fan, and I will still buy his next album. Just hope I don't have to wait another 2 years for it.
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By RLD on Oct. 23 2002
Format: Audio CD
Everyone talks about Entroducing when DJ Shadow is mentioned. While that is a great CD, it does not hold a candle to Preemptive Strike. This album is up there with my favorites of all time, and I am not an electronica fan! The CD, which is comprised of Shadow's pre-Endtroducing music, is an interesting, great, relaxing listen. It is the perfect chill out album for when you are hanging out or studying. The highlights for me are "What Does Your Soul Look Like, pt 2", "In/Flux", "Organ Donor" (even though it shares the same name as an Endtroducing track, there is very little in common with that version; this version is a real track, a catchy one at that, and not filler as it is on Endtroducing), and "High Noon". While it does not flow as well as its predecessor since it is essentially a collection of singles and b sides, it contains stronger, catchier, and more enjoyable music. I really think this is the best CD to start with when looking into DJ Shadow, especially when you consider "In/Flux" was Shadow's first release ever. You can't go wrong with any of his three releases or his many singles, though.
Preemptive Strike is a mindblowing album that will win you over immediately. This is easily in my top 5 CD's of all time. I encourage you strongly to buy it; you will not be disappointed.
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I loved Endtroducing and I prefer this cd over endtroducing Davis again desplays his immense talent in this sophisticated blend of tracks the four piece "what does your soul look like" is sufficient enough to merit five stars for this album, Davis could have released a cd with just these four components and still pleased, however with this album you also get the genius "organ donor" the extended version a great track released on endtroducing, the sophisticated "influx", and the very chill "hindsight" this cd is definitely worth anyones money and I would pay twice the amount it is offered here for. Bottom line I listen to Shadow and am overwhelmed with his musical genius many of his tracks are similar to a great painting in the fact that all elements of the track are compositioned perfectly and one more or less stroke would ruin the track. If you are interested in DJ's and you are looking at this album buy it and be astounded. A definitive piece of work by a definitive forerunner for this musical style..get it!. Peace.
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