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Check Your Head (2 LPs) [Vinyl] [Original recording remastered]

Beastie BoysVinyl
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Hot Sauce Committee Part Two was produced by Beastie Boys and mixed by Philippe Zdar. The new record marks Mike "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz and Adam "MCA" Yauch's first full length effort since 2007's Grammy-winning all-instrumental The Mix-Up.

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  • Vinyl (April 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B001Q8FSQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jimmy James
2. Funky Boss
3. Pass the Mic
4. Gratitude
5. Lighten Up
6. Finger Lickin' Good
7. So What'cha Want
8. The Biz Vs. The Nuge
9. Time for Livin'

Editorial Reviews

Licensed to Ill belonged to the frat boys Paul's Boutique belonged to the hip-hop underground Check Your Head belonged to everyone. Lovers of punk, metal, rap, funk, soul and jazz found something to savor on this 1992 landmark; here are So What 'Cha Want; Funky Boss; Finger Lickin' Good; Jimmy James; Pass the Mic , and the rest, available in a 180-gram 2-LP gatefold set or on CD (CD adds a bonus disc of B-sides, remixes and other rarities)!

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite CDs July 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Check Your Head" is, simply, the Beastie Boys' best album. They have done nothing better (only Paul's Boutique comes close) and I find it doubtful they ever will. Although this is awesome to listen to at any time, I personally prefer putting it in my walkman and listening while I'm walking or on the bus. It just puts you in an irrepressable groove. As the Boys say "Life ain't nothin' but a good groove, a good mix tape to put you in the right mood" and that was their intention with this album, which they undoubtedly succeed at. "Pass the Mic", "So Watcha Want", and "Professor Booty" are all hip-hop perfection. They take the genre to its absolute height. All of the other hip-hop songs are excellent too. The instrumentals are better than on any other of their albums, mostly because they're the most funky. I will always love to turn the gain up on my bass amp and play the riff from "Gratitude". This album is also Money Mark's first, and he makes his presence known, ruling most of the instrumentals. I can not say enough good things about this album.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy bacon leaf... March 13, 2004
By Emmalee
Format:Audio CD
Though I hate to make this official (because I am no masochist) I may have to proclaim this my favourite Beastie Boys album. Don't get me wrong; Paul's Boutique was good, but a little too profane, you know? I mean, I'm not really into screwing women so that might have something to do with it. Check Your Head, however, is just... Oh man. It is amazing. I'm not into the activist, "oh, man, peace is great and I'm sure one day it will happen because it isn't impossible or anything so let's write 23 songs about it" tracks but in judging the whole album...
I would be lying if I said I wasn't blown away. The Beastie Boys stunned me with just the right amount of sampling, droll verses, and innovative, addictive beats. I got the album over a month ago and it has not yet come out of CD rotation. It is incredible. I love it. Did I mention it's amazing?
"Pass The Mic"? Great. A perfect equilibrium of Beastie goodness.
"Gratitude" (oh man, "Gratitude"!) and "Finger Lickin' Good" are songs that just don't leave your head.
Who couldn't eventually find himself mumbling the lyrics to "What'cha Want"?
And only someone without a soul would be opposed to "The Maestro" or "Live At P.J.'s".
"Mark On The Bus" should please everyone who doesn't like rap, as should "Namasté".
Might I add that "Professor Booty" is really cool?
I didn't even mention everything.
The Beastie Boys had then created a beautiful, flawlessly balanced, and melodious way to coalesce their tastes into one album.
It makes me want to eat yogurt and hop on two or more feet while reading Douglas Adams books and murdering geometric equations.
I love this album.
It will make you a cooler person.
Listen to it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Well, after you have phenomenal chart success with your first album ("Licensed to Ill") that you will never see again, and you make a cut-and-paste masterpiece with your second album ("Paul's Boutique") that nobody has equaled since, what do you do for the third? Apparently, if you're the Beastie Boys, whatever you want. Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA actually picked up their instruments for this album and created a lot of funk and punk instrumentals, and then added some rap along the way. Of the rap songs, the high points are "So What'cha Want", "The Maestro", and "Professor Booty", and some of the non-rap songs that are really great are "Gratitude", "Funky Boss", and "Time For Livin'". Even parts of the album that would normally be filler are interesting: this is the sound of the Beastie Boys expanding their horizons even further. Second only to "Paul's Boutique" (and possibly "Hello Nasty") in the Beastie catalog.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ecclectic Genius February 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Check your Head has to be my favorite Beastie Boy album of all time. In this album, the beastie boys blur the lines between hip-hop, jazz, funk, and rock. All this genre-switching upsets alot of people because their too stupid too realize that the Beastie Boys are far too ecclectic and well versed in music to just stick in one category. What i love about the album is that it's a completely untraditional hip hop album. Since when have you seen people rap and play their own instruments? This album is just another display of their excellent skills as artists. Some favorite songs of mine, are "Pass the Mic" ,"Professor Booty", and "Somethings got to Give".
If you've ever heard of the Bad Brains (a black punk rock group) the Beastie Boys give a nod to them and their own punk rock background by sampling the guitar riff in "pass the Mic".
Other than that, it's a great album in it's own right, and a must if you ever consider getting into the Beastie Boys.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hat trick! May 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first three Beastie Boys CDs were solid masterpieces. I can't decide which of the three is the best--LICENSED TO ILL, PAUL'S BOUTIQUE or, this, CHECK YOUR HEAD. Does it really matter? They're all marvels of funk, rock, and hiphop. What set this CD apart were the jazzy sections, played by the boys themselves (with some critical help on keyboards). For more than a decade, this CD has earned a permanent spot on my tray, and has quite easily held its place on my "What ten albums would I want if I were stuck on an island (preferrably Manhattan island)?" list.
My personal favorites are "So What'chu Want?", "Pass the Mic" and "Something's Got to Give". One of the shining moments to me, as for several other reviewers, is hearing Dylan's voice singing "I'm going back to New York City, I do believe I've had enough" on "Finger-Licking Good". Which brings me to one other observation: The Beastie Boys are to New York as The Beach Boys were to California. CHECK YOUR HEAD, like all other Beastie CDs, is a tribute to their hometown, and they projected an image of it that is uniquely theirs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome album!! I lost mine so long ago and had to repurchase!!!
Published 10 days ago by D. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the upgrade
Love this CD. Long time Beastie fan who finally got around to upgrading to the deluxe version. Have some of the bonus tracks on vinyl from back when the singles were released. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kevin McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best
to do what the Beasties did on this record was groundbreaking (as was each of their first two albums). returning to/toward their roots was a bold, and successful, move.
Published 5 months ago by Steven Harz
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad, just not my style
Just not my favorite beasties album. Very experimental, with some instrumental tacks and punk tracks. Read more
Published 5 months ago by brymin
4.0 out of 5 stars Check your head
It is a good album, always good to hear on the stereo. The first 5 songs are kind of lame, but So What'cha Want is pretty epic. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SmartyPants
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beastie Boys Album
Well, what I liked about this dual Lp set was the face that it contained flair and fire simultaneously. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Great album, but I'd go get it at your local store if possible. Mine came pretty banged up. Viva la vinyl!
Published 7 months ago by Nathan Shouse
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I Purchased this record as a gift, receiver liked it very much. :) You have really great prices and fast delivery, keep up the good work!
Published 7 months ago by Jenni Pusa
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for All People
The Beastie Boys 3rd try, Check Your Head is highly respected by music critics, and what many fans believe to be a landmark and career defining record. Read more
Published 8 months ago by AaronPerspective
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