"Midnight in a Perfect World" is the lead single and arguably the best song on his seminal 1996 LP "Endtroducing...." In fact, "Midnight in a Perfect World" was almost the name of this blog, which should convey the depth of my feelings about this haunting yet substantive song. DJ Shadow samples many artists in the song, but the prominent piano sample is from "The Human Abstract", of Axelrod's 1969 William Blake-themed LP "Songs of Experience".
As is typical for Mo' Wax releases, there are several versions of this single. My version is the 1998 US 5 track CD single with:
- "Midnight in a Perfect World" (LP Version)
- "The Number Song" (LP Version)
- "Red Bus Needs to Leave" (non-LP track)
- "Midnight in a Perfect World" (Gab Mix)
- "The Number Song" (Cut Chemist Party Mix)
I'm breaking from my standard LP review format by linking the DJ Shadow songs above, and the David Axelrod song below. To fully understand "Midnight in a Perfect World", you really need to listen to "The Human Abstract".
David Axelrod - "The Human Abstract" ("Songs of Experience" Full LP)
Final score: 10/10