Endtroducing... [Deluxe Edition] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As a suburban Californian kid, DJ Shadow tended to treat hip-hop as a musical innovation, not as an explicit social protest, which goes a long way toward explaining why his debut album, Endtroducing..., sounded like nothing else at the time of its release. Using hip-hop, not only its rhythms but its cut-and-paste techniques, as a foundation, Shadow created a deep, endlessly intriguing world on Endtroducing..., one where there are no musical genres, only shifting sonic textures and styles. Shadow created the entire album from samples, almost all pulled from obscure, forgotten vinyl, and the effect is that of a hazy, half-familiar dream -- parts of the record ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As a suburban Californian kid, DJ Shadow tended to treat hip-hop as a musical innovation, not as an explicit social protest, which goes a long way toward explaining why his debut album, Endtroducing..., sounded like nothing else at the time of its release. Using hip-hop, not only its rhythms but its cut-and-paste techniques, as a foundation, Shadow created a deep, endlessly intriguing world on Endtroducing..., one where there are no musical genres, only shifting sonic textures and styles. Shadow created the entire album from samples, almost all pulled from obscure, forgotten vinyl, and the effect is that of a hazy, half-familiar dream -- parts of the record sound familiar, yet it's clear that it only suggests music you've heard before, and that the multi-layered samples and genres create something new. And that's one of the keys to the success of Endtroducing... -- it's innovative, but it builds on a solid historical foundation, giving it a rich, multi-faceted sound. It's not only a major breakthrough for hip-hop and electronica, but for pop music. [Island's deluxe edition of Endtroducing... adds a second disc, titled "Excessive Ephemera," that delivers on the promise of the title. Except for a pair of solid remixes by Cut Chemist and Peshay, plus 12 minutes of live Shadow from 1997, most of the bonus material consists of alternates or demos of album tracks and two are merely album tracks without sample overdubs that add little to an understanding of the record.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498286821
  • Catalog Number: 000445502
  • Sales rank: 84,448

Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Shadow Primary Artist
Technical Credits
DJ Shadow Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
T.J. Parker Composer
Will Bankhead Cover Design
Ben Drury Cover Design
Cut Chemist Remixing
Albert Camus Author
Josh Davis Composer
Eliot Wilder Liner Notes
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    Face melting. The amount of work that went into each track seems exhausting but Shadow has a quiet, unrestrainted production ethic that has yet to be matched in either scope or sheer ingenuity. On this album even the sparsest of leftovers constitute a lifetime's worth of output for most. Shadow's execution of esoteric source material combined with a genius for composition were largely unknown before his appearance. This album is the mantra.

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