The Private Press

The Private Press
Studio album by DJ Shadow
Released June 4, 2002
Genre Hip hop, electronic[1]
Length 56:57
Producer DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow chronology
Preemptive Strike
The Private Press
The Private Repress
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
The Guardian[4]
Los Angeles Times[5]
Pitchfork Media7.0/10[7]
Rolling Stone[9]
The Village VoiceA[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

  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)"

"Fixed Income"

"Un Autre Introduction"

"Walkie Talkie"

"Giving Up the Ghost"

"Six Days"

"Mongrel...Meets His Maker"

"Right Thing/GDMFSOB"


"Mashin' on the Motorway"

"Blood on the Motorway"

"You Can't Go Home Again"


  1. 1 2 3 "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. "Spin doctor". The Guardian. May 31, 2002. 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. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  7. Pecoraro, David M. (June 5, 2002). "DJ Shadow: The Private Press". Pitchfork Media. 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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