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Private Press Extra tracks, Import

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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Import, May 29, 2002
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Japanese edition of the experimental hip-hop artist's 2002 album includes 2 bonus tracks, 'Flash Back' & 'Dark Days (Main Theme)'. 16 tracks in all including the first single, 'You Can't Go Home Again'.

1. Letter From Home
2. Fixed Income
3. Un Autre Introduction
4. Walkie Talkie
5. Giving Up The Ghost
6. Six Days
7. Mongrel
8. Meets His Maker
9. Right Thing - G D M F S O B
10. Monosylabic
11. Mashin On The Motorway
12. Blood On The Motorway
13. You Cant Go Home Again
14. (Letter From Home)
15. Flashback (Bonus Track)
16. Dark Days (Main Theme) (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B000063KYJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By junkmedia on March 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It is incredibly difficult to release a second full-length album and have it make a strong, positive impression after one's debut release is considered a classic innovation. That is exactly what DJ Shadow is facing with the release of The Private Press. His debut release, Endtroducing..., created a genre. It was based in hip-hop, yet dark and philosophical. Endtroducing... scared people because it seemed like many of the records were specters trying to whisper something in your ear. Call it "cinematic hip-hop" or "ominous turntablism;" there was an incredible rawness to it. Edges weren't smoothed out. Sometimes this was intended, and other times it was a result of the artist jumping headstrong into his first major release. The Private Press will not break ground like Endtroducing... did, but it showcases an older, more versatile Shadow, and in many ways it is a better record.
DJ Shadow's style often unfolds like cinema, with many sweeping scenes that ultimately fit together. This causes several tracks to go well over the seven minute mark. These arresting, epic tracks stand out for their originality and amazing production quality. "Monosylabik" is a track that Shadow himself admitted will be hard for many of his fans to grasp, because it is so different from past work. There is a cold, mechanic quality to the different samples that fly at the listener in rapid, dizzying succession. "Monosylabik" is actually made up of several different sections with dissimilar colors; however, they are linked into a congruous whole by the rhythmic cadence that is present in the melody of each part. Even though the song is somewhat segmented, it works well together as a piece of music.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on June 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Josh Davis aka DJ Shadow is a pastiche turntablist. His m.o. on the groundbreaking Endtroducing... was the breakbeat suite, mini-symphonies culled from pieces of thousands of slabs of vinyl. He was as meticulous as an animator hand-painting each cell. It paid off. Not only was Endtroducing... groundbreaking in the underground, it was a (relative) commercial success. In the six years since its release, no other DJ or turntablist collective has come close to Shadow's genius. Though The Private Press is a more accessible work they still - to sample that old hack MC Hammer - can't touch this. Davis loves arcana. He opens and closes The Private Press with a recorded spoken letter, over cocktail jazz, from a California family to a friend, and these homey bookends indicate Shadow's new warmth. On the first record, he was showing off (he had a right). On The Private Press, his aim is to communicate as directly and unfettered as possible. The song titles aren't grand metaphors, like Endtroducing...'s "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt", but literal: "Fixed Income", "Six Days", "Blood On the Motorway", "You Can't Go Home Again". His cribbed vocal samples express basic desires, joys, and fears which the music takes to poetic extremes. On The Private Press, DJ Shadow says more with beats, with incisive edits, than most lyricists who split open a vein and bleed on the page.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Basque on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I picked up "Endtroducing" back in '96, when it first came out, and it quickly became one of my favorite albums. It's been a long wait for a new album ("Preemptive Strike" being mostly older material), and I wasn't sure if it would be able to live up to Shadow's debut album. Fortunately, "Private Press" didn't let me down. It manages to both avoid sounding too much like it's predecessor (like Moby's disappointing "18"), while not venturing too far from what made "Endtroducing" one of my personal favs. One change here is that a few tracks are more traditionally song-based, some with vocals running throughout. But unlike similar attempts on "Psyence Fiction" and some Solesides/Quannum projects, these manage to retain the feel of a DJ Shadow track, while adding something new (6 Days, Mashin' on the Motorway). There's still plenty of classic Shadow epics in here too (Giving Up The Ghost, Blood on the Motorway). All in all, a very satisfying return for DJ Shadow. Hopefully it won't be 6 more years until the next album, but if that's how long it takes to make an album of this quality, I don't mind waiting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Endtroducing. It a classic for electronic, jazz and soul music out there. I've just picked up Private Press a few hours ago and i'm currently writing this review under a "first spin" perspective. First impressions are...
1) Definitly still has the "Shadow Theme" that means listening to it I can still pick up all the Shadow signiture. Piano and spoken work bits are still visible. Rustic vinly sound still prominant in some songs. However, the sound feels more refined compared to Endtroducing. The songs sounds more "processed". I don't think this is a bad element. Its just a different side of the Shadow's artistic skills.
2) It's not as dark as Endtroducing.
3) Shadow's "epic" song structures are still intact.
4) Feels less cohesive. Not a bad thing ! Private Press unlike Endtroducing is more diverse in its soundscape. Endtroducing had one theme running through teh album where as Private Press is more diverse in themes. But don't get me wrong it's still a cohesive album just more diverse in sounds compared to Endtroducing.
5) The latter part of the album exhibits a slight 80s groove. However altered to sound fresh.
conclusion: Great Album... I can already tell that the second spin should reveal even more intresting tidbits on this album. The album definitly sound like the Shadow. It still has the structure of Endtroducing but refined to open a whole new soundscape for the Shadow
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