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In 1981, Beastie Boys, then consisting of Adam Yauch (aka MCA) on bass, drummer Kate Schellenbach (later of Luscious Jackson), guitarist John Berry (of Big Fat Love), and Mike Diamond (aka Mike D) on the mic, made their debut at Yauch’s seventeenth birthday party. After releasing one of the first New York Hardcore records, the 1982 EP Pollywog Stew, Beastie Boys recorded their first foray into Hip Hop the following year, The Cookie Puss, replacing Berry with Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock). Their next recording, Rock Hard/Beastie Groove, was produced by Rick Rubin as the second record released on Def Jam. Their first full-length album, Licensed to Ill, was the first rap album to hit number one and has since sold approximately ten million copies in the U.S. alone. Subsequent records have included Paul’s Boutique (regularly hailed by the likes of Rolling Stone as one of the greatest records ever made), the multi-platinum Check Your Head, the instant number one smash Ill Communication, and 1998’s quadruple-platinum double-Grammy-winner Hello Nasty. The two-CD set Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science was first released in 1999. The slipcased set of the anthology, including the book and four vinyl LPs, was released in 2000 and is now sold out. Beastie Boys have just completed To The 5 Boroughs, their sixth studio album and the first to be produced by the boys themselves.
Bonus: Tracklist on backside of dustcover has misprint: tracklist goes 1-16 fine, then 17, then 18, then 18, then 20, etc. on the disc 2 side. Rare collectable just got more rare.
If you don't by now know the awesomeness of The B-Boys, then my first suggestion for your ADhD needs would be to buy the new concert DVD "Awesome: I F'n Shot That!"
If you still aren't convinced of their greatness after viewing "Awesome" then the Sounds of Science is not for you.
My brother bought the two disc anthology for me on occasion of my birthday. Needless to say its classic and timeless, featuring the best and most popular songs of Beastie, including Brass Monkey, Sabotage, Girls, and a drunken redition of Benny & The Jets. Sadly, Disc 2 was damaged beyond repair the other day. My dad went on Amazon and found this, ordered it, and told me it cost nearly twice as much as I would've paid for it. To my surprise, there was a very good reason for this.
This particular Sounds of Science Anthology not only includes the musical adventures via two discs of greatest hits, but a full sized, glossy picture laced text based collectors edition novel detailing the journey from nobodys to somebodys. A must have for any enthusiast. Perfect for displaying and showing off, the Sounds of Science hardcover anthology is a must-own.
At the time of this writing, there are 4 left in stock. Buy Now!
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The Beastie Boys Anthology is a great book for 2 reasons. The first is, as a fan of the Beastie Boys one would want to gather some information about them and this book does offer info. What I feel this book really brings to a B-Boy fan is great photography. There are cool candids and behind the scene stuff. This is really a great coffee table book. One that is fun to just pick up and thumb through.
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