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Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996

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Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996 + Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow + Pre-Emptive Strike
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3. Dreams Of A Piece
4. The Not-So-Quiet Storm
5. Fast Rap Fanfare
6. Intensely Hitting
7. Mystical With Solo
8. Alright
9. Don’t Try It
10. From The Old School
11. Freddi’s Popcorn
12. Quickstep
13. Movin’ On (Gab Demo 1)
14. Falling Up
15. Mellow But Chunky
16. Total Breakdown (Gab Demo 2)
17. Heavy Mood
18. Affectations
19. Perilous Journey (Gab Demo 3)
20. Aye
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
So close, but not quite 28 Sep 2012
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was so hoping that when I played this album I would be blown away. I wasn't.

Endtroducing and Private Press are some crazy albums - though stylistically night and day. Hidden Transmissions takes us back to the days before that, to the mellow, hypnotic drum beats similar to classic DJ Shadow tracks such as Influx, Legtimatemix, and Last Stop - you know, really tight beats with a trip-hop flair. The only problem is that like disappointing sex, there are few climaxes. The songs mostly feel like Shadow had worked out the spine of his tune, but never got the goods together to provide a big Pop at the end. Most of the tracks just end, or fade, leaving you wondering where the ride was headed; and sometimes I feel that the themes he sets up linger a bit too long without much change or transitions.

Don't get my wrong, this album isn't bad. It just feels a tad incomplete. I feel the latter half of the album is definitely better and will fit into what most people expected from Shadow.

Overall, it's a must have for fans. The music is mostly mellow, trancey at times and definitely feels like Shadow - just not at his 100% best. To people who have little to no knowledge of Shadow, please buy Endtroducing first, then Private Press (some tracks on Hidden Transmissions clearly use samples from them)

Overall, not bad and way better than the letdown The Outsider - which only had about five or so tracks I actually would voluntarily listen to
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