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Endtroducing...

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Best Foot Forward
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Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
6:41
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The Number Song
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Changeling
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What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)
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Untitled
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Stem/Long Stem
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Mutual Slump
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Organ Donor
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Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96
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Midnight In A Perfect World
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Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
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What Does Your Soul Look Like
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Album Information
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 63:32

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11.16.10
Too accomplished to argue with
1996 | Label: Island Def Jam

It doesn't take long for Endtroducing to show its hand. It happens during the second track and first real piece of music. "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt," DJ Shadow titles the composition, and that tells you something straightaway — that he likes Charles Mingus, probably, but also that he considers himself an alchemist. Not simply in the sense that he sampled all his music (apart, on this album, from a few voices from… read more »

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A masterpiece

Jajajavi75

I keep searching for another album like it & I cannot. Some of these songs really set a mood, like a soundtrack. Your not gonna play this enitre album at a party, but if you want to sit & enjoy music this is an excellent choice to sit & listen to on a rainy day. It mixes so many genres I don't think it's possible to label it. Sample these songs: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt Stem/Long Stem Midnight In A Perfect World If anyone finds anything else like this please share it...and The Private Press doesn't count :)

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Love it then, love it now

venessa44

Bought this album when it came out and it still sounds amazing.

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I forgot...

brownmuse

...how much I really enjoyed this CD. Thanks for making it available here.

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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. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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