RJD2 ‎– Deadringer

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Tracklist

The Horror 4:11
Salud 0:38
Smoke & Mirrors 4:26
Good Times Roll Pt. 2 4:57
Final Frontier 4:25
Ghostwriter 5:17
Cut Out To FL 3:42
F.H.H. 4:31
Shot In The Dark 1:21
Chicken-Bone Circuit 3:54
The Proxy 2:14
2 More Dead 5:17
Take The Picture Off 1:02
Silver Fox 3:31
June 6:03
Work 3:38
Here's What's Left 5:58

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DJX35 RJD2 Deadringer(CD, Album) Definitive Jux DJX35 US 2002 Sell This Version
DJX35 RJD2 Deadringer(2xLP, Album) Definitive Jux DJX35 US 2002 Sell This Version
RJEC004 RJD2 Deadringer(CD, Album) RJ's Electrical Connections RJEC004 UK 2002 Sell This Version
DJX35CD, 088.0035.020 RJD2 Deadringer(CD, Album) Definitive Jux, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] DJX35CD, 088.0035.020 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
DJX35 RJD2 Deadringer(CD, Album, Promo) Definitive Jux DJX35 US 2002 Sell This Version
CVOS1055 Rjd2 Deadringer(CD, Album, RE) Creative Vibes CVOS1055 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
DJX35 Rjd2 Deadringer(CD, Album, RE) Definitive Jux DJX35 US 2002 Sell This Version
RJEC004 RJD2 Deadringer(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) RJ's Electrical Connections RJEC004 US 2009 Sell This Version
RJEC004 RJD2 Deadringer(CD, Album, RE, RM) RJ's Electrical Connections RJEC004 US 2009 Sell This Version
RJEC004 RJD2 Deadringer(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) RJ's Electrical Connections RJEC004 US 2015 Sell This Version
RJEC004 RJD2 Deadringer(2xLP, Album, RE, RM, Yel) RJ's Electrical Connections RJEC004 US 2015 Sell This Version

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tothtapes

tothtapes

April 19, 2016
referencing Deadringer, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, RJEC004
Sounds awful. Don't buy this pressing. It does not sound good.
juhpopey

juhpopey

March 29, 2016
referencing Deadringer, 2xLP, Album, RE, RM, RJEC004
Dunno about you guys, but this is one of the worst sounding pressings in my collection....
scoundrel

scoundrel

July 30, 2015
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, DJX35

RJD2's debut, DEADRINGER, made a huge splash... and how could it not, with such a gripping, spooky and funky opener as "The Horror"? But as he moves into the moody blues of "Smoke & Mirrors" and the soul of "Good Times Roll Pt.2," he begins to show his range. "Ghostwriter" takes a mellow folk path while the spaghetti western interlude of "Shot In The Dark" pops in momentarily to make itself known, as does the shiny "The Proxy." All throughout, there's plenty of dexterous scratching to accompany the more straightforward tracks, and it all comes together in a powerful package. Indeed, the closer, "Work" carries an ache to it, and the hidden track, "Here's What's Left" is a lovely slice of instrumental soul. A powerful debut.
jmds

jmds

April 6, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, RE, DJX35

One of the finest first album ever from a hip hop producer. Rjd2 gives here what has become a cult album. No small track on this disk. Every single song is a journey. A journey into soul, hip hop, funk, or even turntablism (cut out to fl). Each track on this album has it's own personality.
Many people have said that this album is the follow up to dj shadow's "endtroducing". That's a real mistake. Because this lp is a sample oriented "abstract hip hop" one that doesn't mean that the sound or the mood are related to the great work indeed of dj shadow.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I'll suggest you buy this album. You'll find that it'll turn to be one of the best enjoyable expense you'll make in your life!
Juan
(and sorry for the loosy english)
theK_plusCat

theK_plusCat

July 29, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, RE, DJX35
I like that story idea, but i think he just made some amazing music and then gave it a natural order. The music evokes immense happiness, longing, memories, regrets, and just pure joy. As such it can be about anything, and most things. But it seems to be of recollections, reflections and then their reconsilliation.
MiXCHure

MiXCHure

April 26, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, RE, DJX35

RJD2 hits the spot with this album. It seems to weave a story with its haunting beats, and its reference to retro music. In a word, this is haunting music. I'm also pretty sure the CD might be setting a story out for us that we can interperet by the scattered tracks. Whenever I listen to this CD, a series of images play out in my mind, playing a story to the music.

Here's a little chart of the story that I imagine when I listen to this CD:

"Salud" is the intro to the story.
"Work" introduces the first two characters I see. A man and his wife, and the love between them two.
"Silver Fox" tells us the job that the man must undertake. He is to kill someone.
"The Horror" is the chase through the city, the job for the man to kill another.
"Take The Picture Off" is the death. This is the murder.
"Shot In The Dark" is when the murderer is arrested.
"Ghostwriter" is the time spent in jail, pending the trial.
"Cut Out To FL" is the interchange between the murderer and his wife, making the plans to cut out to Florida.
"The Proxy" is the flight, but someone catches up with them to murder them.
"Chicken-Bone Circuit" is the death. The couple look back at their lives.
"2 More Dead" is self-explanatory.
"Smoke & Mirrors" is the lament over the deaths.
"Good Times Roll Pt. 2" is the end of the story.

Is this little story plausible? Well, it's open to interpretation. Did RJD2 have this story in mind when making this CD? Maybe, and maybe not. But the fact that this music can evoke such emotion and such images supports the fact that this music is just really damn good. Try this album out. Maybe you can come up with your own story that you see when you listen to this.
aplz

aplz

March 3, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, RE, DJX35
A brilliant album mixing both instrumental tracks and origial rap tunes featuring Def Jux artists. Completly different to DJ Shadow, yet similar, RJD2 makes use of samples and original material to create every track on Deadriger. Tracks such as 'Chicken-Bone Circuit' sample Lovage, whom Dan The Automator is a part of, possibly my favourite track on the album, as the drum breaks are quite complex.

Great album. If you're in search of something similar to DJ Shadow, check this out.
ryanhupp

ryanhupp

January 31, 2004
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, RE, DJX35
Early copies of <i>Deadringer</i> included a "hidden" song on the same track as "Work," titled "Here's What's Left." A slow, wistful track making use of sampled vocals (much like "Smoke and Mirrors"), it was one of the best songs on the album, if not the best. Unfortunately, Def Jux were forced to drop it from later pressings due to a sample clearance problem. If you have an early pressing, hang on to it! "Here's What's Left" can be gotten with a bit of searching on P2P networks- it's worth it.
DJPASQUEZ

DJPASQUEZ

June 21, 2003
referencing Deadringer, 2xLP, Album, DJX35

Until i heard "June" on a Spex (german music magazine) compilation CD i was a desillusionated hiphop fan who thought that i´ve heard almost every beat & break with my 27 years... But this record opened my eyes again=Fresh Breakz, new ideas, DJShadowlike Nerdism and a nice attitude ! Buy this record if u don´t know it already this double 12" rules !
DJPASQUEZ

DJPASQUEZ

October 31, 2002
referencing Deadringer, CD, Album, RE, DJX35
Juggling solo ventures, producing rappers, and Djing, the man is certainly in the hot seat at the moment. It has been said by many legendary producers that the ultimate goal is to move a crowd-not just to dance, but sometimes also to feel and think. In this vein, RJD2 is only continuing a time-honored tradition