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Audio, Cassette, November 19, 1996
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Really good hip-hop instrumental album. Reminiscent of Madlib, J Dilla type sound. It's a must havePublished 21 days ago by kellen sheppard
I got 2x part II, so I only have sides 3 and 4.
Otherwise Entroducing is an excellent album.
This album... this god damn album... you'll hate it, because there's nothing else like it. It creates an itch that cannot be scratched other than by playing it on repeat. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Will
Ordered this as a gift and arrived on time but was both "Record 2." I reported it as a problem and second shipment arrived in timely fashion. However, the same problem! Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Pagsuguiron
great album in great shape, however your sticker you applied to the front of the cover damaged it. Maybe if you really have to put stickers on the albums do it somewhere less... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dustin Donohue
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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
Jan 24, 2008 by D. Parada | See all 2 posts