Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science

Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science

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by Beastie Boys
     
 

More than a decade after they first fought for their right to legitimacy, the Beastie Boys have finally received the treatment that befits the righteous rock-'n'-roll institution they've become: an anthology. By buffering classic cuts (from "Slow and Low" to "Intergalactic") with the spoofs and goofs that made them fun to grow up with, this two-disc greatest hits,… See more details below

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More than a decade after they first fought for their right to legitimacy, the Beastie Boys have finally received the treatment that befits the righteous rock-'n'-roll institution they've become: an anthology. By buffering classic cuts (from "Slow and Low" to "Intergalactic") with the spoofs and goofs that made them fun to grow up with, this two-disc greatest hits, misses, and disses album defines a life force that's made them bad like the Stones and as cuddly as the Beatles. Along with virtually every standard in the Beasties' catalog ("Shake Your Rump," "Fight for Your Right," "Skills to Pay the Bills," "So Whatcha Want," "Sabotage," Fatboy Slim's remix of "Body Movin' "), this set offers a new track ("Alive") and a bunch of rare stuff, like two country spoofs ("Country Mike's Theme" and "Railroad Blues"), the spacey anti-drug anthem "Live Wire," as well as some funk jams, lounge hams, and good 'ol hardcore slop. But the absolute, drop-dead classic is a version of "Benny and the Jets" (with Biz Markie on vocals), which predates Mary J. Blige's also-brilliant take on the Elton John pop classic and ranks among the most inspired covers ever recorded. Throw in the great new single, "Alive," which praises the beauty of free-living while taking aim at the health-care industry, and you've got a promise of righteous fighting for decades to come.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the close of the '90s, the Beastie Boys had only released five albums, which may not seem like enough music to provide the foundation for a double-disc retrospective. But between 1981 and 1999, they released countless B-sides, non-LP singles, and EPs, resulting in a sprawling discography ripe for a compilation. So, in 1999, the Beasties released the two-disc compilation The Sounds of Science, which covers every incarnation of the band from Pollywog Stew to Hello Nasty. Inevitably, some well-known songs are missing -- only three cuts from Licensed to Ill are here, and their breakthrough single "Rock Hard" had to be pulled when AC/DC refused permission for a sample. Ultimately, that doesn't matter, since the set captures the spirit of the Beasties so well. Usually, compilations that don't follow chronological order are a little muddled, but The Sounds of Science benefits from its jumbled sequencing, since it emphasizes the band's astonishing musical reach and consistency. After all, every album since Paul's Boutique has followed a similarly unpredictable pattern, as the group moved from hip-hop to punk to funk to jazz. What's remarkable about The Sounds of Science is that it has all the obvious suspects, but since they're rubbing singles with album tracks and B-sides like "Skills to Pay the Bills," two outtakes from the abandoned country album, alternate versions of "Jimmy James" and "Three MC's and One DJ," Fatboy Slim's brilliant remix of "Body Movin'," goofs like the Biz Markie-sung cover of "Benny and the Jets," and the excellent new single "Alive," it all sounds fresh. There's much more than hits here, but The Sounds of Science achieves something most anthologies don't: it summarizes the attitude and spirit of the band, while offering some new revelations even for dedicated fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352294022
catalogNumber:
22940
Rank:
27957

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Beastie Boys  -  Beastie Boys
  2. Slow and Low  -  Beastie Boys
  3. Shake Your Rump  -  Beastie Boys
  4. Gratitude  -  Beastie Boys
  5. Skills to Pay the Bills  -  Beastie Boys
  6. Root Down  -  Beastie Boys
  7. Believe Me  -  Beastie Boys
  8. Sure Shot  -  Beastie Boys
  9. Body Movin'  -  Beastie Boys
  10. Boomin' Granny  -  Beastie Boys
  11. (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)  -  Beastie Boys
  12. Country Mike's Theme  -  Beastie Boys
  13. Pass the Mic  -  Beastie Boys
  14. Something's Got to Give  -  Beastie Boys
  15. Bodhisattva Vow  -  Beastie Boys
  16. Sabrosa  -  Beastie Boys
  17. Song for the Man  -  Beastie Boys
  18. Soba Violence  -  Beastie Boys
  19. Alive  -  Beastie Boys
  20. Jimmy James  -  Beastie Boys
  21. Three MC's and One DJ  -  Beastie Boys

Disc 2

  1. The Biz Vs. The Nuge  -  Beastie Boys
  2. Sabotage  -  Beastie Boys
  3. Shadrach  -  Beastie Boys
  4. Brass Monkey  -  Beastie Boys
  5. Time for Livin'  -  Beastie Boys
  6. Dub the Mic  -  Beastie Boys
  7. Benny and the Jets  -  Beastie Boys
  8. The Negotiation Limerick File  -  Beastie Boys
  9. I Want Some  -  Beastie Boys
  10. She's on It  -  Beastie Boys
  11. Son of Neckbone  -  Beastie Boys
  12. Get It Together  -  Beastie Boys
  13. Twenty Questions  -  Beastie Boys
  14. Remote Control  -  Beastie Boys
  15. Railroad Blues  -  Beastie Boys
  16. Live Wire  -  Beastie Boys
  17. So What'cha Want  -  Beastie Boys
  18. Netty's Girl  -  Beastie Boys
  19. Egg Raid on Mojo  -  Beastie Boys
  20. Hey Ladies  -  Beastie Boys
  21. Intergalactic  -  Beastie Boys

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beastie Boys   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Beastie Boys   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Ted Nugent   Composer
A.W.O.L.   Composer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Biz Markie   Composer
Eric Bobo   Composer
Mario Caldato   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Suzanne Dyer   Engineer
DJ Hurricane   Composer
Scott Jarvis   Producer
MCA   Liner Notes
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels   Composer
Money Mark   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer,Producer
Michael Schwartz   Composer
Fatboy Slim   Remixing
Dust Brothers   Composer,Producer
W. Fite   Composer
Ad-Rock   Liner Notes
Spike Jonze   Cover Photo
Bill McMullen   Back Cover
Simon Thornton   Engineer
Dechen Wangdu   Producer
Joseph "Run" Simmons   Composer

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