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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: January 13, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mo Wax / FFRR
  • ASIN: B000005DQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 marvelous 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 '60s-style guitar raveups ("High Noon"). The centerpiece 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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As a drummer, I was very excited to find Shadow's music.
Buck Murdock
Between In Flux, High Noon, and Organ Donor, you have as much of a concentration of greatness as the best tracks on Endtroducing.
D. R. Locker
Go out and buy this cd today, pop it in, and sit back and relax.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Locker on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Enough with the arguments. Everyone knows what Shadow's best tracks are. Some of them are on Entroducing. Some are on Preemptive Strike. A couple are on Private Press. He also did some real magic with James Lavelle on Psyence Fiction. And almost all of his best are on In Tune and On Time.

But if you look at In Tune and On Time, his live album, as a reflection of what Shadow is most proud of and what he is most "into" at the time, it seems pretty clear to me that he is 1) enamored with his recent work (Private Press), but 2) still sees his vision as a product of his early musical conceptions. It is these early musical conceptions (and some revamped ones) that you get with Preemptive Strike.

I am a huge Shadow fan and have been for a long time. blah, blah, . . . I was fortunate enough to see him perform the In Tune set live at Stubbs in Austin when he toured for the release of Private Press. Shadow is a showman extraordinairre and I was blown away. The amount of brilliance that went into his visuals and track order have seen few equals. I remember that he dropped the first track (Fixed Income) after the following words:

"The most important thing for me is that you know how much I appreciate you and have a good time. You see, I view you, the fans, as my employers, and this is my resume . . ."

This kind of humilty and appreciation is sadly missing in most musicians.

Therefore I don't think that it is out of line to view In Tune as a reflection of his own view on his career. The two clear winners are Private Press and Preemptive Strike. Private Press can be explained by recency, but I think the reason that Shadow still plays so much Preemptive Strike is because it still reflects how he views himself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thaddeus on June 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alex on February 10, 2000
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This CD is a masterpiece in ambient hip-hop. The sounds are beautiful on this laid-back, heavily sampled score featuring awesome scratching on the one and two. While "Organ Donor" and "High Noon" are the catchiest, with their quicker beats and less trance-ish sound, the other songs are all incredible. The monstrous epic "What Does Your Soul Look Like?" spans 4 tracks and over 40 minutes. The beats vary as much as the samples, and Shadow is at his best with these roving, abstract songs. "Organ Donor", however, will probably stick with you the most. The entrancing organ melody and wicked scratching elevate this song above most DJ music you have ever heard before. DJ Shadow, while comparable to DJ Krush, is not as futuristic, relying more on samples than his Japanese counterpart. He utilizes funkier beats, and it works. Buy "Premptive Strike", and check out Krush while you're at it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "solecism13" on September 20, 2000
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DJ Shadow, master mixer, reached his creative zenith in Preemptive Strike with music that forces the listener to manifest the meaning. Sound clips, definitive scratches, muted brass, and drum beats undulate through the smooth rhythm and produce a pensive mindset throughout the experience. There is no question of the skill involved to blend so many unique sounds into a medley. The album starts off with a percussion intro that fades into the mellow masterpiece In/Flux. Hindshot follows, giving you the impression of anxiety and fear with foreign ambiance. The next four tracks contain the thought provoking What Does Your Soul Look Like. The Soul series, dips into your conscience and emits a whole theological feel that undermines a continuous harmony. Highnoon and Organ Donor are no doubt, the most definitive tracks, radiating a feeling of euphoria through your body. The fast tempo offers diversity to the album compared to the calm In/Flux and Soul series, giving it an appealing array of emotional enigmas. The second disk features DJ Q-Bert along with Shadow, linking all of the tracks into a megamix. High and low, fast and slow, the megamix offers incredible energy. I cannot offer enough emphasis to how truly incredible this album is, please open your mind and buy it.
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