Preemptive Strike (album)

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Preemptive Strike
DJ Shadow - Preemptive Strike.jpg
Compilation album by DJ Shadow
Released January 13, 1998
Recorded 1991–1997
Length 61:11
Label Mo'Wax
Producer DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow chronology
Preemptive Strike
The Private Press
(2002)The Private Press2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]

Preemptive Strike is the first compilation album by the American hip hop producer DJ Shadow, released on January 13, 1998 by Mo'Wax Recordings. The album contains singles by Shadow released by the Mo'Wax label between 1991 and 1997.


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Strike 1" – 0:26
  2. "In/Flux" – 12:12
  3. "Hindsight" – 6:52
  4. "Strike 2" – 0:15
  5. "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2)" – 13:51
  6. "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3)" – 5:12
  7. "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)" – 7:12
  8. "What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1)" – 6:21
  9. "Strike 3 (And I'm Out)" – 0:26
  10. "High Noon" – 3:57
  11. "Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)" – 4:26

Additional releases[edit]

When Preemptive Strike was first released, it included a bonus track on a second disc, which featured DJ Q-Bert in a megamix titled "Camel Bobsled Race (DJ Shadow Megamix)".

Preemptive Strike was also released in Japan under the Toy's Factory label (catalog number: TFCK-87954), and limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide. It included two bonus tracks not released on the U.S. version, "The Number Song (Cut Chemist Remix)" and a remix of Depeche Mode's "Painkiller (Kill The Pain Mix)." It also had a completely different packaging and was dedicated to the memory of Paul Ballenger [1].

On the vinyl release, "Strike 1," "Strike 2," and "Strike 3," were removed, leaving the album with

  1. "In/Flux"
  2. "Hindsight"
  3. "High Noon"
  4. "Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)"
  5. "What Does Your Soul Look Like" (Part 2)"
  6. "What Does Your Soul Look Like" (Part 3)"
  7. "What Does Your Soul Look Like" (Part 4)"
  8. "What Does Your Soul Look Like" (Part 1)"




What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2)

  • "Edge of Time" by The Growing Concern
  • "War of the Gods" by Billy Paul
  • "Girl on the Moon" by Foreigner
  • "Take Three and C" by Drum Session
  • "Webb of Jim Collage (MacArthur Park/Yard Went On Forever)" by Mystic Moods
  • "The Yard Went on Forever" by Richard Harris
  • Spoken words from the movie Brainstorm
  • Spoken words from the movie Johnny Got His Gun
  • Spoken words and sound effects from George Lucas' movie THX 1138

What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3)

What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)

  • "The Vision and the Voice Part 1 - The Vision" by Flying Island
  • Spoken words by Billy Zane from the movie Dead Calm
  • "Monica" by The People's People
  • "Numbers" by Kraftwerk

What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1)

High Noon

Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Preemptive Strike – DJ Shadow". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ Baker, Soren (February 27, 1998). "DJ Shadow: Preemptive Strike (Mo Wax/ffrr)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
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  4. ^ Browne, David (January 16, 1998). "Preemptive Strike". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 6, 2018. 
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "DJ Shadow: Preemptive Strike". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on October 20, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ratliff, Ben (January 6, 1998). "DJ Shadow: Preemptive Strike". Rolling Stone (778). Archived from the original on March 12, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "DJ Shadow". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 247–48. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8.