Tracklist

Tracks And Beats 1
A1 DJ Shadow Lost And Found (S.F.L.) (Intro) 1:25
A2 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Count & Estimate (Dub) 3:20
A3 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Sweet Beat 4:15
A4 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Swing Loop (Interlude) 0:26
A5 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Hardcore (Instrumental) Hip Hop (Early Mix) 2:26
A6 DJ Shadow Alright (Alternate Take) 2:19
A7 DJ Shadow Midnight In A Perfect World (Gab Mix Instrumental Alternate Take) 3:36
A8 DJ Shadow Hindsight 6:51
A9 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Guitar Loop (Interlude) 0:15
A10 DJ Shadow Dreams Of A Piece 3:58
A11 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Funk Horn Loop (Interlude) 1:15
Tracks And Beats 2
B1 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Endtro (Early Version) 0:23
B2 DJ Shadow Freddi's Popcorn 2:47
B3 DJ Shadow Vee In Detroit (Alternate Take) 2:08
B4 DJ Shadow Intensely Hitting 3:21
B5 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Music & Poetry (Interlude) 1:12
B6 Blackalicious Swan Lake (Instrumental) 4:59
B7 Blackalicious Changes (Instrumental) 4:51
B8 DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers Bass Beats 2:25
B9 DJ Shadow From The Old School 2:38
B10 Blackalicious 40oz. For Breakfast (Instrumental) 5:20

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Notes

Given artist is "DJ Shadow And The Groove Robbers" on spine and "DJ Shadow" on labels. Durations were retrieved while splitting the recording on a computer.

Handed by Shadow to prospective MCs as a kind of portfolio in the mid nineties, it contains early mixes, mostly unreleased tracks and alternate mixes, therefore can be seen as a demo. Less than 60 tapes were ever made and updated regularly as the beats were evolving. The tracks are early compositions under different monikers or co-productions with and for Blackalicious, artists are not actually given on release but retrieved accordingly. The j-card's spine and "DJ Shadow-Tracks And Beats 1" and "DJ Shadow-Tracks and Beats 2" on the stickers were handwritten by The 8th Wonder.

The following discrepancies over the tracks name occurred because they were not made publicly available back when the tape was given out, and were added by another person than Shadow. Where a difference exists it is mentioned below. When the tracks are unreleased the handwritten name was preferred.

Total running time is about 60mn.

A1 Released in 1994 on Lost And Found (S.F.L.) / Kemuri.
This is only the intro of the song.
A2 Released in 1993 on Entropy / Send Them.
A3 Unreleased.
The hi-hat crash beat is the same as the one to be found on "89.9 Megamix" from 0:35 of the released track first released in in 1995 on A Whim / 89.9 Megamix + Bonus Beats, but the melody is totally different.
A4 Unreleased.
A5 Unreleased.
Early mix without scratches, Hammond and no electric guitar break, with extra vocal sample shouting "cut it nice!".
The regular track was released in 1996 on Hardcore (Instrumental) Hip Hop / Fully Charged On Planet X.
A6 Unreleased.
Another version was released on Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996, the first half and second half of the tracks are swapped.
Given name on sleeve is "Heavy Beat".
A7 Unreleased.
No rap on this one. It starts after 1:40 of the released track, there are no effects and no beat acceleration compared to the track to be found on Midnight In A Perfect World and released in 1996.
Given name on sleeve is "V. Heavy Beat (Pt1?)".
A8 Released in 1993 on In/Flux / Hindsight.
A9 Unreleased.
A10 Released in 2012 on Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996.
Given name on sleeve is "Drums / Piano Loop".
A11 Unreleased.

B1 Unreleased, sort of a short introduction.
B2 Released in 2012 on Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996.
Given name on sleeve is "Hammond/Beats".
B3 Unreleased.
An alternate take with vocal samples added was released in 2012 on Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996.
Given name on sleeve is "Wah Wah Beat".
B4 Released in 2012 on Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996.
Given name on sleeve is "Hmmm Beats".
B5 Unreleased.
B6 Released in 1994 on Swan Lake / Lyric Fathom.
B7 Released in 1994 on the Japanese edition of Melodica.
B8 Unreleased.
B9 Released in 2012 on Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996.
Given name on sleeve is "Uh!".
B10 Unreleased.
Probably taken from the rare "Melodica Instrumentals With Bonus Cuts".

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