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Pauls Boutique

4.8 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Dec 14 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UUN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. To All The Girls
2. Shake Your Rump
3. Johnny Ryall
4. Egg Man
5. High Plains Drifter
6. The Sound Of Science
7. 3-Minute Rule
8. Hey Ladies
9. 5-Piece Chicken Dinner
10. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun
11. Car Thief
12. What Comes Around
13. Shadrach
14. Ask For Janice
15. B-Boy Bouillabaisse

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Beastie Boys ~ Paul's Boutique


After the out-of-nowhere success of Licensed to Ill, the Beasties had to prove they were more than one-album wonders, and they hit it out of the park with this follow-up. The Boys' lyrics are a hysterical deluge of cultural allusion (Ponce De Leon, Japanese baseball legend Sadaharu Oh, and Love Connection's Chuck Woolery all get name-dropped), compressed wordplay, and adenoidal snottiness, but the real stars are the Dust Brothers, whose production is a hip-hop landmark. Their music tracks sound like the history of rock and funk radio boiled down to a pure concentrate--monster jams built out of thousands of unexpected samples (Johnny Cash! The Sweet!). It's a killer party album, kinetic and dense, and it never slows down. --Douglas Wolk

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Format: Audio CD
I first heard Paul's Boutique in 1988 after coming back from London. There, a 1970s fashion craze was sharing the stage with acid house, acid jazz, etc. The Beastie Boys were the first to put something out like this in the states.
I love the city street scene on the cover, the dirty sound that smacks of vinyl records and 8 track tapes. Each track is dense with references to pop culture and samples and snippets from everywhere, I don't know how much of the sound is Beastie Boys and how much the Dust Brothers, but it all comes together.
The snot nosed kid sound of Licensed to Ill is still here, looking for a piece of ass and a window to break. Hey Ladies is a fine example of the good natured fun, slightly malicious and politically incorrect. Likewise with Car Thief, but there is a kind of warped record sound that makes it all sound a bit ominous. In the lyrics, there are stirrings of deeper things to come such as A Year and a Day which are gonna lead into the Buddhist chanting and philosophizing in Check Your Head. Most of all it is funny as hell and has an excellent groove from start to finish.
If you buy one Beastie Boys CD this is the one.
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Two months before this album was first released, I remember reading a rave review in Spin Magazine (back when Spin covered bands I wanted to know about, as opposed to bands I don't care about). Although the review seemed too good to be true, I can recall doing the record store rounds a couple of times a week, trying to find a copy, hoping that the release date had changed or that I might be able to score an advance promo copy from a sympathetic clerk.
When I finally got my hands on the tape (a black cassette with rainbowy Capitol 8-Track art) I popped it in my Walkman and listened. And listened. And listened. And listened. And the summer passed and I was still listening.
It's simply impossible to overrate "Paul's Boutique." It's just as difficult to crack the album open in a review, the music is so dense with beats and rhythms and ideas and lyrics that it would be like swimming in quicksand. Do you start with the Beatles samples? The great sound bites? The Dust Brothers production? The intense feeling that, at that time and place, the Beasties were just about the coolest guys in the world who could do just about anything?
Ahead of its time to a fault (it was seen as a sophmore slump, big time) this is a prescient, cultural landmark, not to mention a hell of a lot of great music crammed onto one disk. If you've heard it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't heard it, you need to.
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Once a middling hardcore punk band from NYC, the Beastie Boys launched themselves boldly into the public consciousness with 1986's Licenced To Ill, which saw this snotty trio of white boys dropping their guitars in order to let loose with an obnoxious and immature, though admittedly funky and hiliarious, approach to hip-hop. The album was also notable for being perhaps the first major hybrid of rap and rock (though definitely more rap than rock), with big guitars, Led Zeppelin samples, and Slayer's Kerry King making a cameo appearance on No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn. As such, the Beasties appealed to both the long-entrenched rock/metal camp and the newly emerging hip-hop crowd.
However, that critically acclaimed opening salvo was just the beginning. The Beasties' sophomore effort Paul's Boutique for the most part abandoned the gleefully big, stupid riffage of Licenced To Ill for a more eclectic, (slightly) more mature, and even more rewarding approach. The result was criminally ignored at the time by the general public who expected Licenced To Ill, Part 2. However, time heals all wounds, and Paul's Boutique has since been rightfully reassessed as the classic it is.
Thanks to hip-hop producers The Dust Brothers, Paul's Boutique saw the innovation of layered samples, forming funky collages of sounds and beats that have been emulated by most every mainstream rap artist since. This album could have a book written on it devoted to the unique production alone. Johnny Cash, Boogie Down Productions, The Beatles, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Public Enemy, and Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly" are just a few samples I can spot, and I'm sure there's a bunch more that I can't.
Oh, and the lyrics. Let's not forget these.
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Hey "homies", mind if I "hang?" Cool. For me, rap was the best music in the late 80's, and there were two powerhouse albums: PE - It Takes a Nation of Millions, and Paul's Boutique. PE was like Ali at his peak. The Beastie Boys were like Gerry Cooney (awkward style is a strength, earnest and silly at the same time)... if Cooney was a funny story teller... and was quicker.
So I listened to PE's Millions far more than Paul's Boutique back in the day, and was so energized I wanted to start a revolution... or at least read a book. The Beasties (is that a faux pas, like "Frisco"?) made me want to party and synthesize lots of information. (I wrote a 15 page British Lit. paper while playing Boutique and consciously bit it's style, weaving lots of threads in an out of the paper. Thought I'd get a poor grade and didn't care - another Beastie inspiration. But got an A and raves. Thanks super-rap trio!).
As time goes on I play Boutique more than PE's Millions. I'm too old to start a revolution and get worked up. So I lay back or "shake it" (e-gads) and enjoy Boutique's humor, beats, and rich views...Gotta go, later "homies."
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