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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mo Wax
  • ASIN: B000005DQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Strike One0:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. In / Flux12:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hindsight 6:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Strike Two0:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2)13:51Album Only
Listen  6. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3) 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) 7:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1) 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Strike Three (And I'm Out)0:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. High Noon 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul) 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 

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DJ SHADOW Preemptive Strike (1997 US exclusive 11-track CD album - a fantastic compilation of tracks from the pioneering DJ including What Does Your Soul Look Like and High Noon; presented in an unopened picture sleeve)

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This set compiles much of DJ Shadow's pre-major label material in one convenient package in an attempt to foil bootleggers and bring new fans up-to-date in the curriculum. The results are naturally varied, but all point to a marvellous evolution of talent. The collection is kept together primarily by its propensity for jazzy beats and psychedelic loops. Shadow (né Josh Davis) moves through everything from old school funk ("In/Flux") to grungy 1960s-style guitar rave-ups ("High Noon"). The centrepiece of the set, however, is a four-part composition called "What Does Your Soul Look Like", which is likely to be the first ever entirely sample-driven rock opera. It's a brilliant piece of work, laced with intriguing sounds, sound bites, and a detectable set of motion. It is also quite possibly better than anything on the critically -acclaimed Entroducing. --Aidin Vaziri

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Frampton on 3 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was moving house recently and rather than cart all my old un-listened CDs to the new place, I decided to sell them all. While going through the collection I stumbled across this album. The cover alone took me back 10 years ago to a simpler time in my life, so I chucked it in the laptop and stuck it on the ipod. That was two weeks ago and it's pretty much been on constant "rotation" since. Testament to the brilliance of this album. For me, it's his best piece of work, and "what does your soul look like (part 2)" is reason enough alone to buy it. I'm not selling my copy though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
A short time ago, one of my housemates and myself were discussing Moby as an artist that produced music that let you totally relax. A week or so later, he was recommended 'Entroducing' as running on the same lines as Moby. Entroducing was wonderful, full of music that was original with every playing. Last week, I heard the contents of 'Pre-emptive Strike', which has unfortunately been deleted by Mo Wax. For anyone lucky enough to get a copy, I would highly recommend it as a disc that even makes Entroducing seem superfluous.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Gummerson on 26 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
OK, yes, a few of these songs have been readily available on other releases. But that aside, I would go as far as to say that Preemptive Strike contains some of Shadow's greatest moments.

As epic as Entroducing is, this collection pushes the envelope even further. What Does Your Soul Look Like part 2 is nothing short of vast in scale with its dramatic strings, crashing drums and mournful vocals. In contrast, part 3 is delicate and minimal, a meandering flute and tinkling piano taking centre stage. Every defining characteristic of Entroducing (delicate ambience, long patient pauses, impeccable drum breaks, slow, smoothly paced song dynamics) is taken that bit further in these songs. Despite being a collection of separately composed tracks, the album flows surprisingly well, with Organ Donor and High Noon as the perfect closers.

Put simply, Preemptive Strike is an absolute must for any fan of Entroducing.
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By A Customer on 3 Nov 2000
Format: Audio CD
A collection of Shadow's pre-major label recordings, 'Pre-Emptive Strike' towers over 'Endtroducing...' in some respects. Having owned a copy on cassette for some time now, I have learned to appreciate Shadow's masterful sampling skills. No-one can quite match Shadow for his skill on the turntables (apart from perhaps Q-Bert).
In/Flux is my favourite track on this LP. It is beyond words, so I will not try to describe it. I think I will simply say buy this LP...
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan 2002
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who don't already have Endtroducing, stop now, click off this page and buy that now.
For those of you who are still here I can tell you now this album is more shadow, which is a VERY good thing - however, I personally feel just a touch "fobbed off" by this release - you ownly really get 5 new tracks (Two parts of "What does your soul look like" are simply mirrored from Endtroducing) and the remix of Organ Donor is nothing too new and groundbreaking. However, there are three tracks on this album that are up there with his best - High Noon, an upbeat guitar driven track and What does your Soul look like parts 2 & 3 are nothing short of amazing...
Worth it for these three tracks alone but shurley this is an EP relase rather than a full album?
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With some fantastic re-mixes from the "endroducing album" and new material as well, all this album may look to ofer nothing different it shows a greater level of thought and layering than "endtroducing". With five tracks making up a singular mini-opus it demonstrates the maturity and sheer genius of Dj Shadow
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