Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow + Reconstructed: The Definitive DJ Shadow

By on September 27, 2012

Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow
Reconstructed: The Definitive DJ Shadow

Released Today, September 25, on Universal Music Enterprises

 “DJ Shadow is a sort of sonic Merlin: He’s known and revered for his buoyant beats, hypnotic loops and dark textural expanses, but he leads listeners to places where a nightlight, and even sunlight, can be glimpsed.” – NPR 

DJ Shadow, is rightly regarded as one of the most influential and consistently innovative artists to emerge from music in the last 20 years, has four collections of his finest recordings released on September 25, 2012 via UMe. Known as an electronic musical pioneer and “turntable mastermind” (Pitchfork). Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow will be released on one single CD and double vinyl, while Reconstructed: The Definitive DJ Shadow will be issued as a multi-disc box set. Limited to 500 copies worldwide, each set will be individually signed by DJ Shadow and will include 8 discs, 1 x 12” vinyl record, as well as a booklet, featuring an essay by acclaimed music writer Dave Tompkins, and numerous photos, some exclusive, by long time Shadow collaborator B+.  With stunning artwork and design by Trevor Jackson, the box set is the most ambitious and comprehensive retrospective ever assembled to represent Shadow’s output. “It’s never an easy task to sum up a career in one release,” says Shadow, “but this box comes pretty close. This is the definitive, final document of the sound I’m most known for.”  The box will be available exclusively from
All the music across the three formats is drawn from Shadow’s 20-year career – from the early pre-Mo Wax days, right up to the present and his most recent album, The Less You Know, The Better. Perhaps most exciting to Shadow fans is the inclusion of two brand new tracks, including the pop masterpiece “Listen,” featuring legendary vocalist Terry Reid.       
Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow, changed the game in 1996 with the release of his universally acclaimed debut album Endtroducing…Made entirely from samples, Endtroducing… was like nothing that had come before. As the New York Times stated, “the critically acclaimed ‘Endtroducing’ … helped define the then cutting-edge genre of instrumental hip-hop: dance music with symphonic sweep built from scores of samples dug out of eclectic and often obscure recordings.” And TIME Magazine named it as one of 100 top albums since 1954. Sixteen years on and it remains as potent and revered an album as it was on release. Shadow followed up two years later by making the lion’s share of the music on the 1998 U.N.K.L.E. album, Psyence Fiction, an album with James Lavelle, featuring Thom Yorke, Ian Brown and Richard Ashcroft amongst others. By the time he released The Private Press, 2002, Davis felt he had taken emotive instrumental music created entirely from samples – as far as it could go and the new record took Shadow into new territories confounding those who were waiting on Endtroducing… Part 2. The Private Press remains one of the most underrated follow-up albums. The Outsider (2006) saw DJ Shadow making a hip-hop record featuring some of leading exponents of the Bay Area’s then burgeoning Hyphy scene while last year’s The Less You Know, the Better, was, according to according to Stool Pigeon magazine, “a testament to his enduring sampling genius.”
The tracklisting for all formats are as follows:
Single CD:
1. Midnight in A Perfect World
2. High Noon
3. I’ve Been Trying
4. This Time (I’m Gonna Try it My Way)
5. You Can’t Go Home Again [Radio Edit]
6. Scale it Back (Feat. Little Dragon) [Single Edit]
7. Listen (Feat. Terry Reid) [Previously Unreleased]
8. Stem [Single Edit]
9. Six Days
10. Won’t You Be [Previously Unreleased]
11. Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)
12. Lonely Soul (Feat. Richard Ashcroft) [7″ Version]
13. Blood on the Motorway
14. You Made It (Feat. Chris James)
15. Redeemed
16. Dark Days (Main Theme)
Disc One
Side A
1. Midnight in a Perfect World
2. High Noon
3. I’ve Been Trying
4. This Time (I’m Gonna Try it My Way)
Side B
1. You Can’t Go Home Again [Radio Edit]
2. Scale it Back (Feat. Little Dragon) [Single Edit]
3. Listen (Feat. Terry Reid) [Previously Unreleased]
4. Stem [Single Edit]
Disc Two
Side A
1. Six Days
2. Won’t You Be (Previously Unreleased)
3. Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)
4. Lonely Soul (Feat. Richard Ashcroft [7″ Version]
Side B
1. Blood on the Motorway
2. You Made It (Feat. Chris James)
3. Redeemed
Box Set:
Disc 1: Entroducing…
Disc 2: Entroducing… Bonus Disc (Rarities and B-Sides)
Disc 3: The Private Press
Disc 4: The Outsider 
Disc 5: The Less You Know, The Better
Disc 6: The Best of the Rest (Bonus CD)
        1. Listen (Feat. Terry Reid) (Previously Unreleased)
        2. Won’t You Be (Previously Unreleased)
        3. Lost and Found (S.F.L.)
        4. Hindsight
        5. Skullfuckery (Feat. The Heliocentrics)
        6. Hardcore (Intrumental) Hip-Hop
        7. Divine Intervention (Feat. Divine Styler)
        8. Lonely Soul (Feat. Richard Ashcroft) [7″ Edit]
        9. High Noon
        10. Dark Days (Main Theme)
        11. Camel Bobsled Race (DJ Shadow Mix by Q-Bert)
Disc 7: Live From Glasgow 2011
Disc 8: (DVD) In Tune and On Time
Box Set 12″:
Side A
1. The Number Song (Cut Chemist Party Mix)
2. Be There (Feat. Ian Brown) (Underdog Mix)
3. Six Days (Remix)
Side B:
1. Enuff (DJ Fresh Remix)
2. I Gotta Rokk (Irn Mnky Swaager Mix)

3. Scale it Back (Kev Willow Remix)


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.