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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 sound ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1996
  • Label: Fontana Island
  • UPC: 769712412326
  • Catalog Number: 124123
  • Sales rank: 24,437

Album Credits

Performance Credits
DJ Shadow Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Pekka Pohjola Composer
Flying Island Composer
Björk Composer
DJ Shadow Composer, Producer, Engineer
Will Bankhead Cover Design
Ben Drury Cover Design
Josh Davis Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Avant-Garde Funk

    It's been written that the hip-hop is about sound if nothing nothing else, but this album is pure hip-hop and is completely about composition. The samples that Shadow employs are completely commonplace, musical phrases that are not virtuosic in the least. However, the arrangements he places them in revitalizes them to create music that is utterly unique. If a live band ever dared to play music like this, as Bang on a Can did with Brian Eno's ''Music for Airports'' they would be instantly declared the cream of the avant-garde. If you don't believe that this album is influential, listen to the bass and drum on ''Changeling'' and compare them with those tracks on Radiohead's ''Airbag'' (keeping in mind they've acknowledge Shadow as an influence). You'll be impressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Transcendental mind-trip...

    Songs like "midnight in a Perfect World", "Changling" and "What Does your Soul Look Like?" provide an excellent atmosphere for creative potential. Listen to DJ Shadow while drawing, painting, or writing, and I'm sure with every brush or pencil stroke,it will all just flow...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brilliant

    if you haven't added this cd to your collection yet, then it's about time to do it. prob my favorite cd, or lp rather. i have the lp version.

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