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Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B008U5RVLI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Midnight in a Perfect World
  2. High Noon
  3. I've Been Trying
  4. This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)
  5. You Can't Go Home Again
  6. Scale It Back (Feat. Little Dragon)
  7. Listen (Feat. Terry Reid)
  8. Stem
  9. Six Days
  10. Won't You Be
  11. Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)
  12. Lonely Soul - UNKLE
  13. Blood On the Motorway
  14. You Made It (Feat. Chris James)
  15. Redeemed
  16. Dark Days Theme

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Reconstructed is DJ Shadow's first Best Of collection. It spans the musician's 23-year career, featuring tracks from his five studio albums as well as collaborations with the likes of James Lavelle, Richard Ashcroft and Thom Yorke. This 2CD deluxe edition features tracks recorded with The Heliocentrics and Divine Styler, as well as two previously unreleased songs.

BBC Review

Speaking to BBC Music in October 2011, Josh Davis aka DJ Shadow remarked: “I struggle to understand some people's context when it comes to covering my music.” He’s seen responses to 2006’s The Outsider and 2011’s The Less You Know, the Better vary from faint praise to far worse. “The work of a man struggling to recall his motivations for making music,” said NME of The Less…, awarding it 5/10.

The problematic context: Shadow’s pioneering Endtroducing… LP of 1996, the first album to be comprised entirely of samples (says Guinness World Records, anyway). Its success lay not in its constituents, but in how they were assembled – into a beautiful whole that, to many a listener, Shadow’s yet to better. It’s a regular on ‘albums to hear before you die’-style lists.

This double-disc best-of features plenty of material from the Endtroducing… era – and before it, too, with the inclusion of Lost and Found (S.F.L.), a cut from 1994 which didn’t feature beside the similar-of-vintage In/Flux on 1998’s Preemptive Strike. What did was Hindsight – then in its 12-minute guise, the track returns at half that length. These early creations showcase Shadow’s preference for prominent drums and smoky atmospherics, luxuriously languid grooves meandering through the mix.

The usual suspects from Endtroducing… are present: Midnight in a Perfect World opens disc one with measured drama; Building Steam With a Grain of Salt retains a spookiness between its scratches; and Organ Donor appears in its (High Noon EP-featured) “extended overhaul”. Blood on the Motorway, from 2002’s The Private Press, is a disc one highlight immediately followed by something of an understated gem from 2006, the Chris James-featuring You Made It.

Divine Intervention isn’t from a Shadow album at all – it appeared on the 1999 label compilation Quannum Spectrum – and two prominent tracks from the first UNKLE album are here, too: Rabbit In Your Headlights with Thom Yorke and the Richard Ashcroft-starring Lonely Soul. The previously unreleased Listen features renowned rock sideman Terry Reid, whose growly vocal dominates the piece. But the vocalists never fully overshadow the producer, no pun intended.

Reconstructed casts its net widely across Shadow’s career-to-date, and pulls in a few cuts perhaps worth throwing back. But on the whole this is a (mostly) marvellous snapshot of a supreme talent deserving of more respect than he’s been afforded in recent years.

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Format: Audio CD
Have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's an ideal replacement for having to trawl through patchy albums to find the good songs. The track selection on disc one is pretty much faultless, consisting largely of the more mellow Shadow material. The only criticism I could make is the extended mix of Midnight In A Perfect World really only detracts from what is very likely his best song.
Disc two doesn't do a bad job either, showcasing more of a range of influences with slightly more mixed results. I'm not a big rap fan and the two more straight ahead rap tracks don't do much to change that, particularly the cringeworthy David Banner one. I Gotta Rokk just isn't a very good song either, but those aside there's much to like here also; Dark Days theme being a particular standout.
To have 25 songs and only two or three duffers is quite an achievement, made more so by the fact that it makes a point of not relying too heavily on Endtroducing for the good songs. Highly recommended, especially if his later albums in their entirety aren't really your thing.
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At first i had only bought the album for one or two tracks, that quickly grew as the chilled nature of best of took hold of me. Some realy nice tracks to listen to for a long journey
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Good choice of dj shadows tunes shame giving up the ghost isn't on the compilation and the original version of organ donor.
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Just a quality maker of music, there will be no disapointment with this album!!
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