The Sounds of Science Anthology Best of, Explicit Lyrics
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BEASTIE BOYS The Sounds Of Science (1999 US limited edition 2-CD album set compiling a 42-track anthology of their greatest hits plus a selection of rarities & previously unreleased recordings both discs come housed in a fold-out digipak withdeluxe 80-page booklet with picture outer slipcase CDP72435)
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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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.Read more ›
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 $%!Read more ›
This set is meant to be a "history" album, and that's not the same as a "Greatest Hits" album. Some popular songs are in there, fully intact, like "Intergalatic", "Fight for Your Right", and "Root Down." But it's the extras that I found the most interesting, and are now my favorite Beasties songs. For example: "Jimmy James" with scratching from a Hendrix sample, giving it a much harder, soulful sound; "Body Movin" as remixed by Fatboy Slim, with a richer, more upbeat dance flavor (better than the original); "3 MCs and 1 DJ" is a live version of the original, and showcases Mixmaster Mike's incredible talents; an Elton John cover with the B-boys and Biz Markie; unreleased and new songs like "Alive" and "20 Questions".
The book included is kinda interesting, as all 3 Beasties communicate pretty clearly in the limited space they have, and they give interesting insights to what they were into when they recorded various hits.
In any case, there's no way you can be disappointed with these CDs. What more could you ask for with *42* songs, b-sides and spoof tracks even? OK, OK, that's just fancy talk. They could've put "Girls," "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," "Flute Loop," "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun," and "Unite" on there. But I'm sure everyone (especially anyone who was sleeping and missed the chance to pick their own songs and order their own compilation CD when this thing first came out) has a few songs they wish were on here. Overall, though, it covers the Boys' career well, plus it's easy access to most of your favorite songs, and if you have a good sound system in your car, these are the CDs to be listening to while you drive. And hey, at least it's got "Fight For Your Right," unlike the Video Anthology DVD (I'm still bitter about that).
The Fatboy Slim remix of "Body Movin' ", the live version of "Three MC's and One DJ", and the 2001 Grammy-nominated single "Alive", not found on any other B-Boys album, are a treat, but the real bonus is the booklet that comes with it, full of rare and shiny <g> photos and helpful, entertaining explanations of the songs and their place in Beastie Boys history. Be prepared to scratch your head with the Country Mike and Railroad Blues stories, though...Read more ›
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Brand new album as promised, delivered in the time quoted.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by fetish_2000
Great overview of an important band. It's not chronological, but deal with it. Except for Paul's Boutique some of their records have been spotty, so this is a good way to start... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Scott Fendley
I've deleted at least ten of the crappier songs from my MP3 rip of my CD. Damn - regretting that I bought this one now for *sure*.Published on March 8 2004 by Susan W
I'm beginning to wonder if this really is the last release from these guys. Either way, it's 2 cd's full of rap, punk, hits, funk, rare tracks, and anything else they could have... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by H3@+h
The Beastie Boys showcase their truly eclectic nature with this 42-track greatest hits collection that showcasing almost every genre of music done in the past century, all in the... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2003 by Kurt Lennon
Very disappointing greatest hits package from the Beasties. But then again, about the only album of theirs that I remember fondly is Paul's Boutique. Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by ex12ex34ax311ab10
how could a certain music group put out a collection of their greatest hits and name this collection of hits the THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE without including a very great song on theirs... Read morePublished on April 26 2003