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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,

Overview

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1999
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352294022
catalogNumber:
22940
Rank:
32215

Tracks

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

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

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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Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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A great collection of Beastie Boys recordings. Smash hits and unreleased tracks from all albums is a must. This albums really shows how incredible the Beastie Boys' careers have been.
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Best Beastie Boys CD ever!
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this 2 cd set of the beastie boys hits and other add ons rocks./// over 2 hours of awesome tunes/
Guest More than 1 year ago
the sounds of science is just helping to prove an already well known fact..... THAT THE BEASTIE BOYS ARE AWESOME!!! ever since i first heard one of their songs i have loved them. they r awesome.
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Its very simple! Beastie Boys are the best group to ever hit music!
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