The Private Press

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The Private Press
The Private Press.jpg
Studio album by DJ Shadow
Released June 2, 2002
Genre Electronica, trip hop
Length 56:57
Label MCA
Producer DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow chronology
Preemptive Strike
The Private Press
The Private Repress
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (81/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (A) [3]
Entertainment Weekly (A−) [4]
Stylus Magazine (C) [5]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10) [6]
RapReviews (9.5/10) [7]
The A.V. Club (favorable) [8]
New York Magazine (favorable) [9]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars [10]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [11]
Q Magazine 4/5 stars [12]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars [13]

The Private Press is the second full-length studio album by DJ Shadow, released on June 2, 2002 on MCA. Although not as critically well-received as his 1996 debut breakthrough Endtroducing....., The Private Press still received widespread acclaim.[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 "The Private Press - DJ Shadow". MetaCritic. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "DJ Shadow: The Private Press > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "DJ Shadow : The Private Press". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (14 June 2002). "The Private Press: DJ Shadow". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (658). ISSN 1049-0434. 
  5. ^ Southall, Nick (1 September 2003). 2003 "DJ Shadow : The Private Press" Check |url= scheme (help). Stylus Magazine. 
  6. ^ Pecoraro, David M (5 June 2002). "DJ Shadow : The Private Press". Pitchfork Media. 
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  8. ^ Battaglia, Andy (11 June 2002). "The Private Press". The A.V. Club (The Onion). 
  9. ^ Brown, Ethan (10 June 2002). "True to Form". New York Magazine (New York Media). ISSN 0028-7369. 
  10. ^ Coletti, Christopher (14 June 2002). "Phases and Stages". The Austin Chronicle. ISSN 1074-0740. 
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (22 May 2002). "DJ Shadow : The Private Press". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). Archived from the original on 24 February 2009. 
  12. ^ May 2002, p.107
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