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  • Audio CD (June 26 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000PY32CE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. B For My Name
2. 14th St. Break
3. Suco De Tangerina
4. The Gala Event
5. Electric Worm
6. Freaky Hijiki
7. Off The Grid
8. The Rat Cage
9. The Melee
10. Dramastically Different
11. The Cousin Of Death
12. The Kangaroo Rat

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Japanese verison has the bonus tracks "Mix Up" and "Fibonacci Sequence".

Having long since shed their image as hip-hop's clown princes, the Beastie Boys now bring what feels like their emeritus recording, a celebratory instrumental memoir of all of the influences (except punk) that brought them to their secure place among hip-hop's fickle elite. The party opens with the aptly titled "B for My Name," its plodding bounce staking claim to the mid-tempo path the album treads almost throughout. "14th St. Break" picks up the pace, especially in the auxiliary percussion breakdown, complete with rally whistle. Then, beginning with "Suco de Tangerina," the album drops into a deep groove cut from dub- and dancehall-tinged ostinati that carry through a full third of its tracks. Among these, "The Gala Event" suffers from a lack of developmental motion that characterizes many of these tracks, but highlights still abound. "Off the Grid," for example, departs from the otherwise unbreakable chill and rips the proceedings wide open, blooming again and again in a series of pulsing riffs that celebrate the very institution of the instrumental groove. More than 20 years since Licensed to Ill took a long, irreverent piss into the mainstream, it seems you can still fight for your right to party. --Jason Kirk

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William J. Serson on July 1 2012
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If you liked 'The In sound from Way Out', you'll love 'Mix-Up'

While 'The In sound from Way Out' was a compilation of instrumental songs from other albums like 'Ill Communication', 'Mix-Up' is a collection of original instrumental songs created for the actual album.

Songs like Suco de Tangerina and Biscuits and Butter that are grittier than the sounds coming from bands such as Soulive and more raw that Medeski Martin and Wood. It's unique but easy to listen to. I really like it.
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very chill album, i've listened to it a lot since it arrived. and i love the artwork, front, back and inside. overall, very pleased.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
The bad reviews are WRONG! Nov. 29 2007
By Tim Rockwell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I can't believe the number of people that don't "get" this CD nor do I understand why people insist on saying that music is bad just because it wasn't what they expected. Then there are the people that compare one thing to something else just because it has a few similarities.

Maybe the Beasties weren't trying to sound like Medeski, Martin & Wood. Maybe they were just doing their own thing. Expanding on a sound and style they had already established if only hinted at on previous albums. And maybe you could write better music yourself right chief? I highly doubt it.

This is a great album and a natural progression from a band that has long since earned the right to do whatever they want to do. I hope this becomes a trend and we see more instrumental releases from them.
160 of 189 people found the following review helpful
three sets of listeners, three sets of reviews July 14 2007
By C. Henke - Published on
Format: Audio CD
More than likely you will fit into one of these three categories, each with a different take on this album:

1. You like the BB's as hip hop artists, especially the funny lyrics, and enjoy the old school beats. You like Hello Nasty and To the Five Boroughs more than Check Your Head. Chances are good that you won't care for this album---don't buy it.

2. Your favorite album is Check Your Head and you really like the funky instrumental interludes on that and other albums of that era. BUT, you are not an avid listener of funk/acid jazz and are not familiar with Medeski, Martin, and Wood, etc. You will probably like this album and should buy it.

3. You fit into Category 2 EXCEPT that you ARE familiar with MMW, recent collaborations by John Scofield, Grey Boy Allstars, etc. You will be disappointed in this album because it just doesn't measure up. Frankly, this album comes off as very amateurish and shows that, though the BB's have developed some chops, they can't pull off a full album of instrumentals. The interludes in Check Your Head were just that---interludes---and you can't support a full album on interlude music. Not being a hater---I love the BB's too---but check out any of Stanton Moore's albums and you will see exactly what I mean.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
B-Boys Continue to Evolve July 2 2007
By Scott Culbreth - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Another great release by the B-Boys which will stand the test of time yet be dismissed and criticized by those who insist on comparing it to previous releases. Everyone NOW says how great "Paul's Boutique", and "The In Sounds From Way Out" are, (and I agree - from day one) however, when first released THOSE were criticized for not being like previous B-Boy releases. It's unfortunate that the decline of an artist is often related to the public's inability to accept that true artists must try new things to grow and evolve. Repetition is nothing new.

You can hear how much fun the guys had recording this. It's a funky, fresh release. It's great chill out music. Buy "The Mix-Up" now; you won't regret it. Plus, you'll enjoy and appreciate it long before the Johnny-come-latelys come around and start singing its praises!
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Listen to The Music not the critics. July 10 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wow. Some of the reviews on this page leave my mouth agape with wonder. What in the world is so very wrong with this album? There are a few that are saying there's "no fun' in this record or the 'dynamic is gone'(whatever that means).What record are you listening to? To all of you naysayers I say Fooey and double Fooey! THIS ALBUM IS GREAT. It's a groovy little record period. But that's all it is. It doesn't have to be the next Sgt. Peppers or Paul's Boutique or whatever. You have to take a look at it on it's own. I will say this for this album, no other band is making music like this right now. This is completly original music. Why aren't these guys given the chance to grow and expand? If you don't like this album fine, whatever. Go listen to your 12" of Brass Monkey until your parents kick you out of the basement.
For those of you out there who want something a little groovy and different, get it. Meanwhile I'm going to mix myself a gimlet and listen to a great little combo called the Beastie Boys. Their new album is cool as hell.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes you just want jams and beats!! July 1 2007
By Lauryn2000 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a sweet mix,beats and jams----no talking/rapping.
Sometimes you just want to hear music with a beat and jam minus the rapping,yapping and get all of this in this cd and than some.