The debut full-length from DJ Shadow, which is made up of almost nothing but samples. The spoken word part in the beginning is from drummer George Marsh in an interview with Terry McGovern in 1974.
"Shadow assembled a massive, moody, instrumental masterpiece that is just as fresh today as the day it dropped in late-1996." Read a great retrospective on this album: https://soundblab.com/reviews/albums/classic-albums/19663-dj-shadow-endtroducing
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DJ Shadow told NPR that the drummer at the start of the song is a " gentleman named George Marsh, a drummer from the Bay Area. And there was an instructional record about music, and he was interviewing some of his favorite drummers from, I think, about '74." PLUS The percussion is from a high school record. In the '60s and '70s primarily, you know, any local high school or college would, in addition to having a yearbook, the school would pay to press 500 copies of the school band and what they were up to. That's where the drums come from."
Released 24 years ago this month, "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" is built around a looped piano melody, with various other musical elements entering throughout the song's duration: interview samples, a women's choir, bass fills, electronically altered drum kicks, and a funk guitar. It also contains samples of "I Feel a New Shadow," written and performed by Jeremy Storch. https://bit.ly/3ihsIsg