The Private Press

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The Private Press
The Private Press.jpg
Studio album by DJ Shadow
Released June 4, 2002
Studio The Parlor of Mystery
Genre Hip hop, electronic[1]
Length 56:57
Producer DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow chronology
Preemptive Strike
(1998)Preemptive Strike1998
The Private Press
The Private Repress
(2003)The Private Repress2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
NME 6/10[6]
Pitchfork 7.0/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]
The Village Voice A[11]

The Private Press is the second studio album by American record producer DJ Shadow. It was released on June 4, 2002, by MCA Records to widespread acclaim from critics.[1]


The single "Six Days" featured a promotional video directed by Wong Kar-wai. "Blood on the Motorway" was featured in a TV commercial for the British mobile phone network O2 and for the BBC advert for Darwin: The Genius of Evolution.

The limited edition version of The Private Press has different packaging, and includes "Giving Up the Ghost (original version)" and a bonus disc featuring "Pushin' Buttons Live," a 12-minute live track featuring Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark.

The album was given a Parental Advisory warning, because the tracks "Walkie Talkie" and "Mashin' on the Motorway" contain several uses of profanity. An edited version also exists with the profane moments re-edited.

The Private Repress was released in 2003, consisting of remixed tracks and b-sides from the recording era.

The song "Blood on the Motorway" was featured in the ending scene of the film dot the i and in the film Better Luck Tomorrow.

Track listing[edit]

  1. (Letter from Home) – 1:09
  2. "Fixed Income" – 4:49
  3. "Un Autre Introduction" – 0:44
  4. "Walkie Talkie" – 2:27
  5. "Giving Up the Ghost" – 6:30
  6. "Six Days" – 5:02
  7. "Mongrel..." – 2:20
  8. "...Meets His Maker" – 3:02
  9. "Right Thing/GDMFSOB" – 4:20
  10. "Monosylabik" – 6:46
  11. "Mashin' on the Motorway" – 2:58
  12. "Blood on the Motorway" – 9:12
  13. "You Can't Go Home Again" – 7:03
  14. (Letter from Home) – 0:57
  15. Giving Up the Ghost (original version) – 6:14 – in the limited edition
A limited edition version of the album came with an additional single track CD. The track was "Pushin' Buttons Live" and featured guest appearances from Jurassic 5 DJs Cut Chemist and DJ Nu-Mark.


"(Letter from Home)"

  • A recorded letter (a "Recordio-Gram") by Nubella Johnson.

"Fixed Income"

  • "She's Gonna Grow on You" by Sensations' Fix
  • "Million Grains of Sand" by Marcus
  • "Bright Shadows" by Beaver and Krause
  • "Voyage to Cleveland" by Saint Steven
  • "Love Eyes" by Phluph
  • "Beacon from Mars" by Kaleidoscope
  • "With Cat-Like Thread" by Spindrift Liberate

"Un Autre Introduction"

  • "Jingle Overture (Discoteque)" by François Bernard and Roby

"Walkie Talkie"

"Giving Up the Ghost"

"Six Days"

  • "I Cry in the Morning" by Dennis Olivieri
  • "Six Day War" by Colonel Bagshot
  • "Drummer's Salute" by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  • "The Revival" by The Salvation Co.
  • "Savoy Truffle" by Terry Manning

"Mongrel...Meets His Maker"

  • "Strange About Your Hands" by Sensations' Fix
  • "Little Waterfalls" by The Facedancers
  • "Thoughts" by Iliad
  • "Fantasy World" by James Knight and the Butlers

"Right Thing/GDMFSOB"


  • "Plenty Action" by Soft Touch
  • "I Need Your Loving" by The Whitney Family

"Mashin' on the Motorway"

  • "Sunshine" by David Wertman
  • "All Along the Watchtower" by Savage Grace
  • "You Best Give It Up" by Jessie and the Mel-O-Tones
  • Dialogue from the film Roger and Me ("He just wanted us to call him Captain Da. He said you could call me Da-Da. Whatever that meant.")

"Blood on the Motorway"

"You Can't Go Home Again"


  1. ^ a b c "Reviews for The Private Press by DJ Shadow". Metacritic. Retrieved October 13, 2007. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "The Private Press – DJ Shadow". AllMusic. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ Browne, David (June 14, 2002). "The Private Press". Entertainment Weekly (658). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Wyse, Pascal (May 31, 2002). "Spin doctor". The Guardian. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hochman, Steve (June 9, 2002). "Caught on Tape: Echoes of Lives and Dreams". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Segal, Victoria (May 18, 2002). "DJ Shadow : The Private Press". NME. Archived from the original on February 29, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Pecoraro, David M. (June 5, 2002). "DJ Shadow: The Private Press". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ "DJ Shadow: The Private Press". Q (190): 107. May 2002. 
  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (May 22, 2002). "DJ Shadow : The Private Press". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 24, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ "DJ Shadow: The Private Press". Uncut (61): 127. June 2002. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 16, 2002). "Consumer Guide: Spreading the Net". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 27, 2015. 

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