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The Sounds of Science Anthology Explicit Lyrics, Best of

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00002NDUA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
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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
See all 21 tracks on this disc
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. Negotiation Limerick Files
9. I Want Some
10. Rock Hard
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In the Jewish religion, it's traditional for males to get Bar Mitzvah-ed--to undergo the ceremony of adulthood--at age 13. Judging them by that standard, for one, the Beastie Boys are ahead of the game; between 1986's Licensed to Ill and 1999's hits package The Sound of Science, the Beasties have matured from attention-starved brats to insightful, funky trend-setting brats with an ace record collection and top choice in collaborators. And by staying in tune with their inner children, the Boys have also managed to not drop off in fervour as they've continued to push their boundaries: How many other hip-hop/rock groups would be able to put songs as different as the hardcore "Egg Raid on Mojo" and the jazzed-out instrumental "Sabrosa" on the same collection? And a slightly deranged take on Elton John's "Benny & the Jets"?

At a hefty 42 tracks, this collection has something for everyone--and manages not to skimp on the hits or pad them with filler. Though it would serve well as an introduction, The Sound of Science is even better as a companion. --Randy Silver

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Format: Audio CD
For the beastie boys, as band that has seemingly gone through several radical artistic & musical changes, compiling a 'Best of' , that encapsulates their considerable career was always going to be a tricky proposition, due to a collection of fans that embraced their more rock based side ("Licensed To Ill"), through to the kaleidoscopic freewheeling sampled laden masterpiece that referenced everything from funk, soul, Golden Age, rock ("Paul Boutique"), to a refinement, and streamling of their sound, punctuated with instrumental tracks that brought about their biggest success ("Ill communication"), through to the more electronic based elements with the occasional throw back to the simplicity of 3 Mc & a DJ aesthetic ("Hello Nasty").
First the positive: There's a lot of material here, spread over the 2 disks for your money, and such expected hits or favourites such as "Slow and Low / Sure Shot / Body Movin (Fatboy Slim remix) / Fight for your right / Brass Monkey / Get it together / Hey Ladies / Remote control / 3 MC's and 1 DJ" are all beautifully represented here. But more importantly you get some of the more obscure, non-LP, and B-side material that makes this a more rounded anthology....so "Gratitude / Boomin Granny / Bodhisattva Vow / Song for the man / Time for Livin / Egg Raid on Mojo / Dub the Mic / Skills to pay the bills / The negotiation Limerick file", flesh out this anthology with something that'll appeal to the enthusiasts, rather than the a compilation of hits that'll only be of interest to newcomers.
In what seems like a bit of an oversight (especially as B-Sides & non-LP material are included) is the lack of instrumental tracks.
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The cover photo of the Beastie Boys as old men is appropriate for this greatest hits of sorts since it's a kind of revisionist history on the band.
With dozens and dozens of tracks, this set is still missing a good part of who the Beastie Boys are and were. Granted, it's great to have a release where we get plenty of new and/or rare material since so many greatest hits are just repackaged same old same old with one or two new tracks. On that note, it's recommended for the die-hard fan to get everything.
However, for those who prefer to go the 'Greatest Hits' routes with certain bands, I still wouldn't recommend this set. Go and pick up the (low retail) Beastie albums. There aren't so many of them and the rewards are far greater than this 2CD set can provide.
Look carefully. There is a suspicious dearth of material from both License to Ill (the biggest selling rap album ever) and the ignored-at-first-before-serious-critical-reconsideration follow-up Paul's Boutique. By 1999, when Sounds appeared, the Beasties had developed into a socially conscious group of men who wanted to put their loud, obnoxious, beer drinking, breath stinking, sniffing glue selves behind and focus on whatever kept them hip and interested. However, it's from that incarnation as bratty misfits that some of their best material comes and it's only because of that start that they were able to reinvent themselves so successfully with the mighty comeback of Check Your Head in 1992.
I've always been a huge fan of the Beastie boys as rappers, since it is what they clearly do best.
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"Ah yes indeed, its fun time" from Sure Shot.
Who would have thought that three Jewish boys from the Bronx, Adam Horowitz, Mike Diamond, and Adam Yauch could have turned out decades of mad hits and escaped their frat party women objectivizing beginnings to be enlightened social conscious but still oh so cool rappers. They have done it though being ground-breakers for the hip hop movement along the way.
This collection is far from a greatest hits collection. And therein lays its strength and weakness. You get to hear a variety of Beastie Boys sounds and in doing so get closer to the complete picture of what the band is all about, but if you don't care for their speed metal punk early days you might find yourself always skipping to the next track. It's hard to listen all the way through from track to track because of the b-sides and rarities. But some of those b-sides stand out as the best tracks on the CD. You can't get them anywhere else. The cool bossanova groove of "Twenty Questions" featuring Miho from Cibo Matto with lead vocals is just one of the best examples of this.
Another great feature of this CD is the liner notes that have some background gems on each song. It says something for the band that they were willing to take the time to put those interesting tidbits of musical inspiration, inane trivialities, thoughts, philosophies, and feelings instead of just pooping out another CD that sells with everyone's faves. In the liner notes, Adam Horovitz points out their dichotomy from putting out their breakthrough first album "License to Ill" with "Fight for Your Right" and "She's On It" to the socially conscious songs of "Song for The Man" and "Alive." I think Horovitz addresses the rift in ideology well when he says, "...in this $%!
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