DJ Shadow ‎– Endtroducing.....

Mo Wax ‎– MW059CD
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1 Best Foot Forward 0:49
2 Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt 6:40
3 The Number Song 4:40
4.1 Changeling 7:17
4.2 **Transmission 1 0:35
5 What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) 5:08
6 Untitled 0:24
7.1 Stem/Long Stem 7:48
7.2 **Transmission 2 1:29
8 Mutual Slump 4:02
9 Organ Donor 1:57
10 Why Hip Hop Sucks In '96 0:43
11 Midnight In A Perfect World 4:57
12 Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain 9:23
13.1 What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit) 6:17
13.2 **Transmission 3 1:11

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Packaged in a slightly oversized card sleeve. CD comes in a light fabric protection. Also includes a promo postcard saying "Transmission Commencing..." to be sent back to Mowax Recordings for further label information. Front card shows Shadow digging into records exactly like on DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect World.

Track 2 Sample of "I Feel A New Shadow" used courtesy of BMG Records. Published by MCA Music Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd./Daisy Loo Music Inc./Ensign Music Corporation. (both c/o BMG Music Publishing) .
Track 4.1 Contains sample of "Invisible Limits" by Tangerine Dream. Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. Published by MCA Music Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd./EMI Virgin Music Publishing.
Track 7.1 Sample of "Love Suite" used courtesy of Island Records. Published by MCA Music Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd./Blue Mountain Music c/o Polygram Music Publishing.
Track 8 Sample of "Possibly Maybe" used courtesy of One Little Indian. Published by MCA Music Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd./BMG Music Publishing/Warner Chappell Music/Famous Music Inc.
Track 11 Contains sample of "The Madnes Subsides" by Pekka Pohjola.
Licensed courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. Published by MCA Music Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd./EMI Virgin Music Publishing.
Track 13.1 Sample of "The Voice Of The Saxophone" used courtesy of Sony Records. Published by MCA Music Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd./MJQ Music Inc.

The tracklisting on the disc label mentions only durations for tracks 4, 7 and 13 with the "Transmissions" included.

Published by MCA Records Ltd./Mowax Music Ltd.

Recorded at The Glue Factory, San Francisco.

℗ 1996 Mowax Recordings/A&M Records Ltd. London.
© 1996 Mowax Recordings/A&M Records Ltd. London.
Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 31454 06072 1
  • Barcode (String): 731454060721
  • Matrix / Runout: MW059CD 10428531 01 & MADE IN U.K. BY PDO
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L134
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0489
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0495
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0497
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 0456
  • Rights Society: BIEM / MCPS

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
697 124 123-4 DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....(Cass, Album) FFRR, Mo Wax 697 124 123-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
TFCK-87921 DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....(CD, Album, Jew) Toy's Factory, Mo Wax TFCK-87921 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
none DJ Shadow Endtroducing... Deluxe Edition(CDr, Album, Promo + CDr, Comp, Promo) Universal none UK 2005 Sell This Version
MW059 DJ Shadow Endtroducing.....(2xLP, Album, Gat) Mo Wax MW059 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
0602498286821 DJ Shadow Endtroducing...(CD, Album, RE + CD + Dlx) Island Records 0602498286821 Europe 2005 Sell This Version

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September 6, 2014

So much has been written about this album that it is impossible to really add anything besides my own feelings towards it, and the experiences I’ve had listening to it. Not only does it have the distinction of being the first album to be composed entirely of samples but it marks the start of my journey into a different type of music and the enjoyment purely of the sound and flow of instrumental music.

The sound is so crackly and full of dreamy washed out snatches of old songs that is kindles nostalgia anyway, as well it also kindling actual nostalgia for me; of being 16 and begin to develop my identity as an individual.

The mournful journeying piano line in “Building steam with a grain of salt” and the thumping, lolloping big drums. The soulful vocal in “Changeling” and lazy sax coming from way out across the bay. All of the percussion sounds across the album are so warm and lush as to envelope you. They kick hard and have that irresistible funky >crunch< that not many producers can achieve (another example would be Liam Howlett).

The drumlines for me are often earthy brown and the organs, pianos and other sweeping swathes of sound are green, aquamarine to blue, with the orangey yellow sax above – a sunset looking out over the sea in the harbour. Attention is paid to every detail – the cymbal crash on at the end of every other fourth bar on “What does your soul look like part 4″.

Most of the tracks build up slowly, into rich layers with the mood slowly being introduced and deepened. The album is languid and mournful and world weary, with an almost trance like strung out euphoria that comes at the end of long summer evening. The short snatches of shouts and vocals that come and go are like the glimpses of memories that vanish from your mind before you can place them.

“One of ‘em, has eyes as big as Jolly Ranchers. Beautiful girl, she’s a beautiful girl.”

Even the ferocious drums of Stem/Long stem are spread out between pieces of haunting horror music strings, before the iconic bars of organ music. The frenzied panicky monologue as the track starts to fade ends with a drumbeat on the desperate last word, “scared” and the pure chill of terror that the track has instilled is gradually eased away by sweeping waves of horns and strings.

A deep primal feeling of fear is evoked in other places with the sample from the film “Prince of Darkness”, more of which is revealed each time it is played throughout the album.

Some of the tracks feel like Jungle tunes in their rhythm, flow and texture: “Mutual Slump” and “Naplam Brain – Scatter Brain” for example. The drum samples have exactly the right quality; I’ve love to hear proper Jungle versions of each one.

I’ve long wanted to gather all the different songs that are sampled on the album – there would no way of organising them in a coherent way – but that would be Endtroducing, broken down to its constituent parts, dismantled – with no way of putting it together again. That would be the perfect illustration of the beauty of music made from samples – how it is more than the sum of its parts, and makes it own new language out of its ingredients. It makes you realise that a million different albums could all have been made from the some parts and within each one would be the potential for all others – music becomes one.

Endtroducing is one of very few, what I would call, perfect albums. A journey across time and space, into the darkness of fear and desperation and out again. The beats are so tight, and the bass so relaxed and funky, you really feel it in your chest. It’s impossible to place in time, as if 40 years of radio waves had been beamed back to Earth from outer space; an album that I will always come back to, time and time again.


July 29, 2014
Anyone have an idea why "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)" isn't on the vinyl versions?


July 12, 2014
One of the most important albums of the 90s and still unique. Dj Shadow gathered loads of samples to make songs out of them and he achieves an style that covers many decades and many influences at the same time. Maybe it was the equipment used, or the sources of these samples, but "Endtroducing" keeps a cohesive 70s sound (there are many pure prog-rock themes here, the ending of "Stem" being the most blatant) through what is actually a pure 90s record. It sounds really natural being so alien: there is not a sample that sounds out of place, the composition of all themes is careful... if you haven't listened to it, do it and be amazed.


March 5, 2013
This is album is a true masterpiece and will go down in history with the DJ community. Every song is so meaningful and beautiful.
Buy it now.


September 3, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
Dear music connoisseurs,

Could you enlighten me on who the voice at 3:16 in the track 'What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)' belong to ? It is sung in italian.

I've already asked someone on the official DJ Shadow website. He said that the sample sources of DJ Shadow are very vast. He didn't give me the name.

Would be great, thank you.


June 18, 2012
i don't need to repeat the love heaped on this album, it's a known masterpiece. i just wanted to ask if anybody else noticed the samples from the john carpenter film "prince of darkness" and how he uses a little more of the "dream" sample each time you hear it during the transitions. it's brilliant!


February 22, 2012
edited over 3 years ago

My first genre was hip-hop, my second genre was electronic. Which made me the ideal candidate for this album, and boy is it good. I need not elaborate much on this album because it's already been discussed at length. It's one of those classics that people will continue to talk about twenty years from now.



May 4, 2011

Stunning, one of a kind, one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

I can't find the words to fully describe how brilliant this album is. DJ Shadow's debut is a milestone in music and one that anyone interested in non-mainstream music should hear. It might just change your outlook on the possibilities that music has to offer.


November 6, 2010
I will never ever ever ever stop liking this album. Shadow is my Hip-Hop Hero. And this is why.


December 28, 2009
Even though this album has been reviewed a gazillion times, I just thought about sharing my love for it.

Entroducing was DJ Shadow's debut full length album released all the way back in 1996, and is probably one of the most wonderful records ever made in human history. While cats like Massive Attack created the Trip-Hop/Abstract Hip-Hop genre, DJ Shadow perfected and revolutionised it.

From the moment the album begins to the moment the album ends, you get a feeling that your ears have been on a wonderful journey.

Best tracks in my opinon are - Number Song, Changeling, Organ Donor (check out the Extended Overhaul Mix on Pre-emptive Strike compilation) and my all time favourite Shadow track, Midnight In A Perfect World.

Beautiful Music