Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note

Madlib - Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note
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2003 Ratings: #27
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YessYessYessYes
90

Madlib’s 2003 joint collaboration with Blue Note Records, Shades of Blue, results in one of the most iconic and inventive records to ever come out of Plunderphonics.

I don’t think anyone could have handled the job better than Madlib himself. The man had access to the entire catalog of a record label that has been established for over 50 years producing hundreds of records, and the work showcased on this record is just astounding. His crate digging abilities were out of this world ... read more

opinionated
97

"Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note" (2003) - Madlib
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T R A C K L I S T - R A N K I N G
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1. Peace/Dolphin Dance: 100
2. Footprints: 100
3. Funky ... read more

Rollo_P
70

This isn't really hip hop, it's straight up jazz in your face with no hesitation or doubt about it. All the shout outs and interludes really make this album feel communal, it's a lively yet chill instrumental record to drift into whenever you have the time for it.

YessYessYessYes
90

Madlib’s 2003 joint collaboration with Blue Note Records, Shades of Blue, results in one of the most iconic and inventive records to ever come out of Plunderphonics.

I don’t think anyone could have handled the job better than Madlib himself. The man had access to the entire catalog of a record label that has been established for over 50 years producing hundreds of records, and the work showcased on this record is just astounding. His crate digging abilities were out of this world ... read more

franz_biberkopf
86

Worst Track: Song For My Father

joseri1
95

Sampling is a great power to bring back the history of music. This album by Madlib samples records released through Blue Note, and all the flips, chops, and drums that Madlib produces to alter the tracks bring past music into a modern perspective. The past and the present (of 2003) combine into this unique instrumentation of brass and percussion together, creating the Madlib iconic sound. The power of hip hop sampling is embraced in this album, and is one of the greatest instrumental hip hop ... read more

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Track List

  1. Introduction
  2. Slim's Return
  3. Distant Land
  4. Mystic Bounce
  5. Stormy
  6. Blue Note (Interlude)
  7. Please Set Me At Ease (feat. Medaphoar)
  8. Funky Blue Note
  9. Alfred Lion (Interlude)
  10. Stepping Into Tomorrow
  11. Andrew Hill Break
  12. Montara
  13. Song For My Father
  14. Footprints
  15. Peace / Dolphin Dance
  16. Outro
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Added on: June 21, 2014