As one of the most prolific hip hop producers of all time Madlib collaborated with different artists and recorded own songs under different pseudonyms. During his outstanding year 2003 he released the crown on his work, the remix album Shades of Blue. The album Untinted contains the source material for the project and is a fantastic intro to compare all the material from both recordings. It's a great dose of jazz in which Madlib focuses on the soul and jazz stuff he used for the recordings. With songs by among others Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Donald Byrd the 12-track album gives you an indication of the way Madlib created his pieces.
- 180 gram audiophile vinyl
- Original songs by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds, Donald Byrd's "Distant Land" (previously unreleased track, now available on vinyl), Bobbi Humphrey, Wayne Shorter and more tracks by jazz icons
- Tracks were the foundations of Madlib's jazz-hip/hop album Shades Of Blue