MadlibShades Of Blue

Label:Blue Note – 7243 5 36447 1 0
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz
Style:Instrumental, Downtempo, Jazzy Hip-Hop


A2Slim's Return
FeaturingAhmad Miller, DJ Lord Such
Scratches [Cuts]DJ Lord Such
Vibraphone [Vibes]Ahmad Miller
Written-ByMonk Higgins
A3Distant Land
Written-ByDonald Byrd
A4Mystic Bounce
Written-ByRonnie Foster
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Joe McDuphrey
FluteJames King
GuitarDan Ubick
PercussionDerek Holman
Performer, FeaturingMorgan Adams Quartet Plus Two
Written-ByB. Buie*, J.R. Cobb*
B2Blue Note Interlude0:42
B3Please Set Me At Ease
Beats, Scratches [Cuts]Madlib
FeaturingM.E.D. (2), Medaphoar
VibraphoneAhmad Miller
VocalsM.E.D. (2)
Written-ByA. Mizell*, L. Mizell*, R. Mizell*
B4Funky Blue Note
Electric Bass [Electric Muffle Bass]Monk Hughes
Featuring, Drums, PercussionMalcom Catto
FluteJames King
GuitarDan Ubick
Performer, FeaturingMorgan Adams Quartet Plus Two
Synthesizer [Arpstring Ensemble]Derek Holman
Written-ByOtis Jackson, Jr.*
B5Alfred Lion Interlude1:06
C1Stepping Into Tomorrow
Written-ByLaurence Mizell*
C2Andrew Hill Break
Written-ByAndrew Hill
Scratches [Cuts], FeaturingDJ Lord Such
Written-By, Vibraphone [Subliminal Vibez]Bobby Hutcherson
D1Song For My Father
Acoustic Bass [Acoustic Muffle Bass]Jeff Jank, Monk Hughes
DrumsLefty Houston
FeaturingSound Directions
FluteJames King
GuitarDan Ubick
Organ, Keyboards [Keys]Joe McDuphrey
PercussionMalik Flavors
PerformerSound Direction*
Written-ByHorace Silver
Acoustic BassMonk Hughes
KeyboardsJoe McDuphrey
PercussionMalik Flavors
Performer, FeaturingYesterdays New Quintet
Vibraphone [Vibes]Ahmad Miller
Written-ByWayne Shorter
D3Peace / Dolphin Dance
Keyboards [Keys]Joe McDuphrey
Performer, FeaturingJoe McDuphrey Experience
Written-ByH. Hancock*, H. Silver*

Companies, etc.



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 (Compact text): 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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Shades Of Blue (CD, Album)Blue Note7243 5 36447 2 7US2003
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Shades Of Blue (CD, Album)Blue Note, Blue Note7243 5 36447 2 7, 5364472Europe2003
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Shades Of Blue (CD, Album, Promo)Blue NoteCD 7243 5 36447 2 7VUS2003
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Shades Of Blue (CD, Album, Stereo, Mono)Blue NoteTOCP-67079Japan2003
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Shades Of Blue (2×LP, Album)Blue Note7243 5 36447 1 0Europe2003



  • fgm3209's avatar
    Bought a used copy today (around vg++ condition for the records themselves), and yeah, I think it sounds good, pretty quiet vinyl, wide and spacious with a good thump, is this the one to own? Someone really needs to do a pressing shootout on this album
    • martinrockis's avatar
      This OG pressing is honestly fantastic! The records are quiet and sound vibrant with no sibilance issues, and the sleeve is sturdy and high-quality. The only true negative I have is that the beat switch at the end of ‘Montara’ could quite possibly burn your house down.
      Recommended w/o a doubt, this is a must-have gem for jazz & hiphop lovers alike.
      • DeepCrates76's avatar
        It's freakin' AMAZING what Madlib did with these compositions! It's clear to the trained ear that he used the isolated tracks from these classic Blue Note sessions. This is not a sample based album, this is a reimaginated jazz/hiphop fusion album - of the highest possible caliber. Salute!
        • donovanle's avatar
          Blue Note just announced this will be repressed on the Classics Series!
          • tarrare's avatar
            One of the best sounding albums I own. Madlib definitely earns the title of beat conductor for this project.
            • calumfornia89's avatar
              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
              • Mr.Sneis's avatar
                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.
                • Discos_Kultura's avatar
                  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.
                  • gvanclass01's avatar
                    Edited 7 years 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! :-)
                    • whiskyandcheerios's avatar
                      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.


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