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Shades of Blue is a remix album by American hip hop musician Madlib over the archives of Blue Note Records. It was released by Blue Note Records on June 24, 2003.

Shades of Blue
Remix album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2003 (2003-06-24)
RecordedThe Bomb Shelter, Los Angeles, California
GenreJazz rap, instrumental hip hop
LabelBlue Note Records
Madlib chronology
Blunted in the Bomb Shelter
Shades of Blue
Champion Sound
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Clubfavorable[2]
Pitchfork Media8.6/10[4]
Stylus MagazineC+[5]


Sam Samuelson of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "Intent listening doesn't really give much up, but for smooth subconscious grooves, it's perfect."[1]

In 2014, it ranked at number 11 on Paste's "12 Classic Hip-Hop Albums That Deserve More Attention" list.[6]

Track listingEdit

2."Slim's Return" (featuring Ahmad Miller and DJ Lord Such)3:56
3."Distant Land"3:58
4."Mystic Bounce"3:56
5."Stormy" (featuring Morgan Adams Quartet Plus Two)3:41
6."Blue Note Interlude"0:42
7."Please Set Me at Ease" (featuring M.E.D.)5:02
8."Funky Blue Note" (featuring Morgan Adams Quartet Plus Two)3:07
9."Alfred Lion Interlude"0:45
10."Stepping Into Tomorrow" (featuring MF Doom)7:36
11."Andrew Hill Break"1:06
12."Montara" (featuring DJ Lord Such)5:51
13."Song for My Father" (featuring Sound Directions)5:46
14."Footprints" (featuring Yesterdays New Quintet)4:58
15."Peace/Dolphin Dance" (featuring Joe McDuphrey Experience)5:38


  1. ^ a b Samuelson, Sam. "Madlib - Shades of Blue". AllMusic. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Rabin, Nathan (July 8, 2003). "Madlib: Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Cowie, Del F. (January 1, 2006). "Madlib: Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note". Exclaim!. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Hreha, Scott (August 12, 2003). "Madlib: Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Mathers, Ian (October 1, 2003). "Madlib - Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Spinelli, Adrian (November 6, 2014). "12 Classic Hip-Hop Albums That Deserve More Attention". Paste. Retrieved December 11, 2015.

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