Madlib ‎– Shades Of Blue

Blue Note ‎– 7243 5 36447 1 0
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Introduction 0:32
A2 Slim's Return
Featuring – Ahmad Miller, DJ Lord SuchScratches [Cuts] – DJ Lord SuchVibraphone [Vibes] – Ahmad MillerWritten-By – Monk Higgins
A3 Distant Land
Written-By – Donald Byrd
A4 Mystic Bounce
Written-By – Ronnie Foster
B1 Stormy
Drums – Otis Jackson Jr.Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Joe McDuphreyFlute – James KingGuitar – Dan UbickOrgan – Morgan Adams IIIPercussion – Derek HolmanPerformer, Featuring – Morgan Adams Quartet Plus TwoWritten-By – B. Buie*, J.R. Cobb*
B2 Blue Note Interlude 0:42
B3 Please Set Me At Ease
Beats, Scratches [Cuts] – MadlibFeaturing – M.E.D. aka Mediaphoar*Vibraphone – Ahmad MillerVocals – M.E.D.*Written-By – A. Mizell*, L. Mizell*, R. Mizell*
B4 Funky Blue Note
Electric Bass [Electric Muffle Bass] – Monk HughesFeaturing, Drums, Percussion – Malcom CattoFlute – James KingGuitar – Dan UbickOrgan – Morgan Adams IIIPerformer, Featuring – Morgan Adams Quartet Plus TwoSynthesizer [Arpstring Ensemble] – Derek HolmanWritten-By – Otis Jackson, Jr.*
B5 Alfred Lion Interlude 1:06
C1 Stepping Into Tomorrow
Written-By – Laurence Mizell*
C2 Andrew Hill Break
Written-By – Andrew Hill
C3 Montara
Scratches [Cuts], Featuring – DJ Lord SuchWritten-By, Vibraphone [Subliminal Vibez] – Bobby Hutcherson
D1 Song For My Father
Acoustic Bass [Acoustic Muffle Bass] – Jeff Jank, Monk HughesDrums – Lefty HoustonFeaturing – Sound DirectionsFlute – James KingGuitar – Dan UbickOrgan, Keyboards [Keys] – Joe McDuphreyPercussion – Malik FlavorsPerformer – Sound Direction*Written-By – Horace Silver
D2 Footprints
Acoustic Bass – Monk HughesDrums – Joe Chambers, Otis Jackson Jr.Keyboards – Joe McDuphreyPercussion – Malik FlavorsPerformer, Featuring – Yesterdays New QuintetVibraphone [Vibes] – Ahmad MillerWritten-By – Wayne Shorter
D3 Peace / Dolphin Dance
Bass – Russel JenkinsDrums – Otis Jackson Jr.Keyboards [Keys] – Joe McDuphreyPerformer, Featuring – Joe McDuphrey ExperienceWritten-By – H. Hancock*, H. Silver*
D4 Outro 0:13

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Produced and arranged for Madlib Invazion.

"Peace / Dolphin Dance" performed live at the Lost Gates, CA.

Recorded and mixed at the Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles, CA.
Mastered @ Bionic, Los Angeles, CA.

Madlib appears courtesy of Stones Throw Records

A2: EMI Unart Catalogue/Sweet River Music Inc./BMI
A3: Elgy Music/BMI
A4: EMI Unart Catalog Inc/BMI
B1: Sony/ATV Songs LLC/BMI
B3, C1: Alruby Music Inc./Almo Music Corp./ASCAP
B4: Madlib Invazion/BMI
C3: EMI Unart Catalog Inc./Nosre Music/BMI
D1: Ecaroh Music Inc./ASCAP
D2: Miyako Music/BMI
D3: Ecaroh Music Inc./ASCAP Hancock Music Co./BMI

Blue Note® is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ © 2003 Blue Note Records. Manufactured by Caroline Distribution, 104 W. 29th Street, New York, NY 10001. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. Made in USA.

Back cover has two tracklistings with slightly different timings for some tracks. Tracks in the second list that differ from the first and the labels are as follows:
A1: 0:33
A3: 3:59
B1: 3:42
B3: 5:03
B4: 3:08
B5: 0:45
C1: 7:37
C2: 1:07
C3: 5:52
D3: 5:39
D4: 0:15

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 243 5 36447 1 0
  • Barcode (String): 724353644710
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, etched): BTE 36447-1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, etched): BTE 36447-1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout C, etched): BTE 36447-1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout D, etched): BTE 36447-1D
  • Rights Society (A2, A3, B1, B4, C2, C3, D2, D3): BMI
  • Rights Society (B3, C1, D1, D3): ASCAP

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7243 5 36447 2 7 Madlib Shades Of Blue(CD, Album) Blue Note 7243 5 36447 2 7 US 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 90507 2 0 Madlib Shades Of Blue(CD, Album) Blue Note 7243 5 90507 2 0 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 36447 2 7 Madlib Shades Of Blue(CD, Album, Club) Blue Note 7243 5 36447 2 7 US 2003 Sell This Version
7243 5 36447 1 0 Madlib Shades Of Blue (Madlib Invades Blue Note)(2xLP, Album, RP) Blue Note 7243 5 36447 1 0 US Unknown Sell This Version
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April 25, 2017
just checking my copy of this item and all the muck photographed on the back of the sleeve is identical. i have the copy pictured. how random


April 3, 2017
My copy of this OG has additional numbers in the runouts: S-63682, S-63683, S-63684, S-63685. Indicating pressing is from Rainbo. It is an excellent sounding pressing despite. Would be curious what's printed in the currently available repress.


March 30, 2016

Perfect album for Hip Hop heads who are willing to give Jazz a chance. Many still have not made the connection, but for those who have this album is a perfect representation of how the two genres intertwine. Madlib shows how its done when it comes to flipping some jazz. My personal favorite is Donald Byrd's Distant Land and Madlib does it justice. THis one is a classic and more people need to hears it even 1 years later.


February 4, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

I have this specific record and it's exactly as the image you shared describes. Not a gatefold, just a sleeve roomy enough to hold both LPs without squishing them. In fact, I was looking at this just last night as I finally tore the plastic off of it. Hope this helps. I also did a little Googling and cannot find any evidence of a gatefold release of this. If you find one, please submit it. Hope this helps.
PS: This record is AMAZING! :-)


October 15, 2015
PLEASE HELP (if you own this issue): it appears to me that there might be a gatefold issue of this based on this image can anyone who owns this issue confirm or deny? Thanks.


April 11, 2015
edited over 2 years ago


June 22, 2014
What about the sound of this edition? Is it a REAL ANALOG sound?


January 31, 2013

An excellent set of Hip Hop reworks of old, good Jazz from Blue Note Records. It sometimes contains some full jazz covers (The most clear example would be "Footprints") to fully Hip Hop remixes ("Please Set Me At Ease", Distand Land"); but it all comes down smoothly. You must hear this!