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Endtroducing.....

DJ ShadowVinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (December 10, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • ASIN: B000005DQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Best Foot Forward
2. Building Steam with a Grain of Salt
3. The Number Song
4. Changeling/Transmission 1
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt. 4
6. Stem/Long Stem/Transmission 2
7. Mutual Slump
8. Organ Donor
9. Why Hip Hop Sucks in '96
10. Midnight in a Perfect World
11. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
12. What Does Your Soul Look Like, Pt. 1: Blue Sky Revisit

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260 of 275 people found the following review helpful
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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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reintroducing Endtroducing June 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This record has been immortalized in the past few years as the crate-diggers and backpackers bible. Every single year, with another list marking the best of the past 10 years, 50 years, and maybe even millenium, Endtroducing has become a musical canon. Whether this allegation is factually true, it has become a canon for an entire generation of people who bought turntables instead of guitars. And rightly so: This disc is THE essential record for sound collages. The rampant sampling of the eighties reached the nineties with such cynicism that with the release of this record changed an entire generation's idea of what a song is supposed to be like. For the youth of today, the music they listen to is inevitably tinged with the influences of this record. DJ Shadow had taken sampling to a point where only keyboards could replicate the intricacy in which he used records.

That being said, Endtroducing stands the test of time, firmly implanting itself in popular cultures lexicon of important records. Endtroducing has far exceeded even the largest expectations: perfect production and album arrangement greeted by overwhelmingly positive reviews and an ever-growing fan base. Some people consider the record an emotional masterpiece, others an aural marthon, and some even think of it as turntablism at its finest. Quite frankly, it is truly the first musically post-modern piece of music in the recording art industry. While certainly neither the first to sample nor investing in a large amount of samples, the direction, focus, and articulation of a generation can be surmised within the record. It is the death and rebirth of the recording industry all at once.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splice World April 25, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
"Entroducing..." is perhaps one of the most amazing albums in the world of music. While an album that is built entirely off of samples may have some think of Puff Daddy's theft of '80's songs, Shadow is far from the sampling of Puff Daddy. Shadow loops interesting samples from forgotten and obscure songs. He layers samples from different records and uses odd effects to create strange soundscapes. If you give this album a listen, you will be hooked. Check out "The Numbers Song" (a Metallica guitar loop mixed with soul and hip-hop records? Where else have you heard that?), "Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain", and "Midnight In A Perfect World". For more Shadow, check out Preemptive Strike which features his first masterpiece "In/Flux" and the entire "What Does Your Soul Look Like" EP. Pick this up and prepare to be amazed.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Producing one of the best albums ever July 12, 2004
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reconstruction of musical samples
I was hooked the first time I heard this. Its an unbelievablly fascinating collection of sampled sound from various, laregly obscure albums (and audio from sources as diverse as... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Very good
Published 16 days ago by Rachel M. Rice
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad not good
I am not sure what the big deal is over this artist. I rated it "its okay" and thats just what it is...ok. Not bad not good.
Published 2 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Beats to LIfe.
Seriously. I can play this anywhere and get lost in profound thinking and be in awe of life. Great soundtrack to us still living hip hop. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pacal, L
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy
acceptable used condition, the product works. good beatz, flows, tempos. some tracks are a little too similar with playback flashbacks but the overall musical composition lingers... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mondo69
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S GREAT TO HAVE IT IN LP FORMAT.
IT'S GREAT TO HAVE IT IN LP FORMAT. NOW I'VE GOT THIS ALBUM IN LP AND DELUXE CD EDITION AND GET MORE FEELING ABOUT THIS CLASSIC ALBUM, AND DJ SHADOW REMAINS ONE OF THE GREAT... Read more
Published 7 months ago by HAN XIAO
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Drum & Bass Album
More like 4.5 stars out of 5. I'm just not a big fan of the filler tracks and skits (e.g. # 1, #5, #7), however, there are some massively orgasmic melodies on this album! Read more
Published 7 months ago by JAY
3.0 out of 5 stars I Understand
I realize why people love this album so much, it's just not a masterpiece for me personally. Good music to relax to but I prefer music a little more in your face personally. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Endtroducing is awesome
I remember first listening to this album in 90s. My friends and I were driving back from the CD store and Building Steam with a grain of salt came on and the beats were so unique... Read more
Published 15 months ago by BennyBoy
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing really good cummingsoon; not like this
i would go to this concert, this shadow concert. but. im sortof confined to my own warped little head. i wouldnt be able to handle it. so im not going. so what. Read more
Published 17 months ago by falconpuffs
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which came first? t-corp or dj shadow
Well that depends on what you mean. It seems as though you're asking two questions which came first and which is the real mccoy (the second question I don't understand so much). Technically, DJ Shadow's Endtroducing was released (November 19, 1996) before Thievery Corporation's Sounds from the... Read More
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