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The clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight...
they were good times.
Private Press - also.
Outsider - oh dear...
i miss DJ Shadow being good... thems were the days..
I'm absolutely obsessed with sample based music from Negativeland to Girl Talk and millions of others, and love pretty much all forms of hip hop but I never really got the fuss about Endtroducing aside from it being influential on other acts.
Wikipedia says: "It is noted for being the first album created entirely from samples of other records." but I doubt that's the case as I'd be surprised if someone, again like Negativeland, didn't do this sooner.
I've always thought Since I Left You by The Avalanches was a million times better and didn't just choose a few cool samples and take credit for them. I suppose I generally prefer this type of record to be crammed full of samples rather than just use one or two.
As no one agrees with me I'm probably missing the point and I do enjoy the album but I've had it for years, listened to it dozens of times and it's never come across as 100% brilliant.
Organ Donor and The Number Song are great but they still seem a bit easy and cheap in my head.
"The entirety of the album was composed on an MPC60, a machine which Shadow would later pass on to Chief Xcel. The album has been cited in Guinness World Records as being the first album created entirely from sampled sources"
I've always loved it - has to be one of the greatest instrumental hip-hop albums ever - up there with Krush for sure. I thought that everything that followed (like The Avalanches) just wasn't as heartfelt.
Building Steam With a Grain of Salt is incredible and Chemist's remix of Organ Donor is a guaranteed kill at any club night.
I gotta play the record now.
Endtroducing - Very good
The Outsider - Terrible
These two most people agree on - but is The Private Press worth getting? I hear conflicting views on that one.
Undoubtedly. I didn't bother initially, but then saw him live (http://www.amazon.co.uk/DJ-Shadow-Tune-Time-DVD/dp/B000260O9E also worth picking up) and he sold it to me. Do it.
I love this album. Midnight In a Perfect World. What a tune.
Some really good momemnt......Its only 5 quid on Amazon.
When I was like 10 years old or something. I loved it so much. Then premptive strike came out which was a hit or miss album but had some of his best work on it. After that it's all shit....
Best thing he EVER did was a live set that was broadcast on radio 1. I lost the tape I put it on shamefully.
think it was 2001-2002 or so: one of the best gigs I've ever been to. Shadow always brings it live.
Here's the mix for DL:
That explains all the versions of "what does your soul look like" and how it was completely impossible for me to find a copy of it.
I think I did find a copy on vinyl in the end is this little record store in Reading.
Thanks for the link. I have no idea where the mix was done. I was quite young!
I was a pissed up student when Entro camw out. Changed my life (sorta).
If anyone on here likes Endtroducing but hasn't heard that, well, you're missing out.
He was wicked. Unkle went the same way.
It was awful. Had the CD beforehand - wish I hadn't bothered. The worst of the three. Stick with brainfreeze!
everything about it was underwhelming. When they threw that Foo Fighters song into the mix, I knew the game was up. Even the visuals looked like a cheap Photoshop job.
Shadow has fallen off badly, but I'll give Cut Chemist the benefit of the doubt since his last album was decent. In fact, it was a masterpiece compared to The Outsider.
Should maybe give it another go.
but Brainwashed (the live mix he did with Cut Chemist) is ace, as is Spectrum by Quannum and the Solesides compilation.
Also, his track from the Handsome Boy Modelling School album is stonking (from 2m00): http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=1srg9Z969Kw and so is the Dark Days single that he wrote for the film soundtrack.
You have posted his stuff before... in a thread about where a Dr Dre sample was from. It's freakin ace!
but if you listen to that you need to listen to Song of Innocence as well, they're kind of like a double act (and both spectacularly good)
Or you could go for the compilation The Edge of Music which has stuff from his earlier baroque period, his later jazz funk period, and a selection of some of the great productions/arrangements he's done for other artists (including the Dre one)
Dave Ax is amazing, it must be said
I will write these down and have a hunt.
Apparently there's a DJ Shadow remix of Human Abstract.
that samples orion by metallica
Sorry but I just don't like rap and this album has a LOT of rap on it. There's maybe a couple of decent tracks which are worthy of the Shadow but that's it.
'Entroducing' and 'The Private Press' are, of course, genius. The latter is very underrated.