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The Private Press

DJ Shadow Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000066BY1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Letter From Home
2. Fixed Income
3. Un Autre Introduction
4. Walkie Talkie
5. Giving Up The Ghost
6. Six Days
7. Mongrel...
8. ...Meets His Maker
9. Right Thing / GDMFSOB (Clean Instrumental Version)
10. Monosylabik
11. Mashin' On The Motorway
12. Blood On The Motorway
13. You Can't Go Home Again (Album Version)
14. Letter From Home (#2)
15. Giving Up The Ghost (Original Version)

Product Description


California's Josh Davis--aka DJ Shadow would have no easy ride in making The Private Press after his debut Endtroducing wreaked havoc in the dance and hip-hop communities. Constructed entirely around samples, yet defiantly and thrillingly original, it took searching for dusty breaks in old thrift stores to new levels. With its serious b-boy underpinnings and potently stark soundtrack feel, it heralded in a whole new era of instrumental hip-hop. A zillion copycats have landed on the bandwagon since, but Shadow has kept on top of his game, keeping his hand in with various collaborations (Blackalicious, Unkle, Cut Chemist and superlative 12s like "High Noon" and "Pre-emptive Strike". Now, a full six years later, he's back with a follow up that is every bit as impressive as his debut but in a different way.

Once again, the producer has pushed his sampler to the limits, but this time he's brought with it a deeper, hungrier, more bad-ass spirit that's rarely found in modern dance music. There's a fabulous 80s vibe throughout (seen principally on tracks like "Monosylabik" and "You Can't Go Home Again") and the expected forays into b-boy culture (check the funky-ass collaboration with Lateef "Mashin On The Motorway"). While it's identifiably Shadow, it ain't "Endtroducing…Part 2". It is a worthy and imaginative follow up with humour, wisdom and musical understanding aplenty. It'll definitely enhance any record collection. --Paul Sullivan

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AND NOW....ETERNITY.... 22 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Genius is arguably the single most abused word in the English language, its common, offhand usage numbing it of much of its pure potency. But its hard not to place DJ Shadow under that label, as he's done the impossible. He's produced an album that is as good as its predecessor, "Entroducing" (an album that has been hailed as a classic).
Its much broader in style and feel than "Endtroducing" and has much more of an innovative type production than his regular cut and paste ethic. Take the track "Monosyllabik" for example: a basic two-bar sample that is shredded and ripped up into tech-funk which sounds like Roy Ayers being produced by Aphex Twin. Another track that is unlike anything heard before by Josh Davis is "Mashin' On The Motorway", it features MC Lateef clumsily crashing into other drivers over a K-Hole funky baseline. Its this sparkling originality that helps me compare this album to other favourites like David Holmes "Lets Get Killed".
But Mr. Davis does tread into older territory with "Walkie Talkie": a scratch-happy thumping beat that has a baseline that feels like a chainsaw buzzing through your head. Here you can refer to his previous classics like "The Number Song" and "High Noon".
Also "Blood On The Motorway" is a beautiful piece of epic soul that reminds us of how deep "Entroducing" was. But this album is not as emotionally weighted as "Endtroducing". It has a brash sense of fun throughout the album. With the twisted skits bouncing around and "You can't go home again" sounding like an instrumental 80's New York pop song that never departs from Shadow's incredible production values.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grooving Shadow 4 Dec 2002
By Mr. Abbas Rana VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The hooded genius returns with his first solo album of the millennium. DJ Shadow - aka Josh Davies - was responsible for giving the world the haunting and beautiful 'Midnight In a Perfect World' single in 1997. He collaborated with James Lavelle on UNKLE to produce an arrray of splendid tracks, namely 'Be There', 'Rabbit In Your Headlights' and the ultra-cool 'Guns Blazing'.
On this record, Shadow loses the overt guitar riffs and decides against featuring any high-profile vocalists. There are still a fair few characteristic spliced and chopped samples on this record and some more bizarre than ever. Yet it is the amazingly written and produced 'Blood and the Motorway' that grabs the most attention. Emotive Foreigner-esque (for all you eighties fans) vocals sit on synthesized swansong organs and the result is incredible.
There are a couple of infectious instrumentals too where Shadow combines stripped and raw hip hop beats with electronica hooks. 'Giving Up The Ghost' is one such track that springs to mind. Shadow proves that he can still scratch and sample as good as anyone else on 'Walkie Talkie' - a funky ditty powered by heavy basslines.
Admittedly, Private Press takes a few listens before you truly appreciate the array of intelligent and creative sounds and its impressive hooks and beats. It's a clever album and Shadow isn't even afraid to get a little breakbeat and dancey with us on 'Right Thing'. If we're talking about the greatest music artists of our time, Shadow would definitely be up there.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COMING OUT OF THE SHADOWS 9 May 2002
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Format:Audio CD
It's been six years since Shadow released the ground breaking 'Endtroducting', and six years is a long time to wait for a fully fledged follow up. But was it worth the wait?
When I first listend to it fully, I was a little disappointed. But the more I listend the more it grew. There really is only two points where the record falls down. First being 'Monosylabik', a track created round a 2 bar loop. There is no denying the talent and how pain staking it must have been. But the track is too long and the texture of it bland. The second falling down point is 'Mashin' On The Motorway' A full rap vocal track about a road rage driver creating havoc on the road. The track is delievered with humour and is far too throw away.
The rest of the record shows a man who has not lost his spark. Do not expect to hear 'Endtroducing part 2'. Shadows went out of his way too make sure that the listener can only make limited comparisons. There are elements of electronica,80's synth and 80's hip-hop and all sit comfortably together.
The First major player is 'fixed Income' a big live sounding beat track with lovely guitar and piano sections layered over the top. 'Walkie Talkie' is a simple breakbeat track which transends into an industrial sounding horn. But the first epic is just around the corner.
'Giving Up The Ghost' has all the qualities that I love about Shadows instrumental music. Etheral sounding with a lovely beat and drving bass. It's a slow burner which gradually exposes it's full potential. A real jem on the record. '6 Day War' sees Shadow using a mostly full vocal sample from a 70's psychedelic rock track based around the Israel attack on Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq in 1967, called, yep, 'The 6 Day War'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Gem
What can I say but purchase it and wear it out like I have. Up there with some of the best albums of all time in my opinion.
Published 8 months ago by Jimbers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
What can I write about an style of music other than if you've never heard them and like electric and rock then give it a go
Published 9 months ago by Goonless
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album - poor service from Amazon
Shadow's 2nd studio album is fantastic and I will happily give it five stars. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of Amazon's service, and when I got my album today I was very... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by aq_1183
4.0 out of 5 stars Can we start giving half stars? Its really worth 4 and a half......
I probably should have done this review earlier, but it just seems the right time to get people to listen to properly GOOD music (dance music seems to have gone down the drain a... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2006 by O. J. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy celebration of the joys of music
Read the liner notes: This is abstract post modern music. It's not supposed to convey any messages. It's apolitical and completely without ego. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2006 by Elliot Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars still waiting......
After such a highly acclaimed fist solo album in Endtroducing... which showed Josh Davis to be amongst the greatest and experimental of producers a follow up LP was eagerly... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2006 by Doodlebub
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Buy it now
Published on 23 July 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Six Years... Six...
It's really not a bad album and I would give it 3 and 1/2 stars if I could...
I don't know but I like to see that artist has progressed in some way when his new album comes... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars DJ Shadow deserves credit for this amazing album
An amazing crossbreed album, with a huge variety of different sounds - some sound like the Avalanches gone psycho, others are eerily chilled out. Read more
Published on 9 May 2004 by "rubinwest"
4.0 out of 5 stars more contemporary then endtroducing
dj shadows sounds are more mellow and deep here. six days, blood on the motorway and so on are all hypnotic tracks with hours of replay. Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2004
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