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Root Down [EP, Import]

Beastie BoysAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (May 29, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000002TXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Root Down (Free Zone Mix)
2. Root Down (LP)
3. Root Down (PP Balloon Mix)
4. Time To Get Ill
5. Heart Attack Man
6. The Maestro
7. Sabrosa
8. Flute Loop
9. Time For Livin'
10. Something's Got To Give

Editorial Reviews

Between the making of Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head, the Beastie Boys checked into a rehearsal space and relearned how to make an album. Their new technique involved lots of extended jamming and experimentation, both of which are evident on the two previously unreleased versions of "Root Down" (and either of which could have substituted for the original version with no loss of quality). The rest of this mini-album was recorded live in Europe and shows the Boys in fine form, rocking early tracks with a funky new flow ("Time to Get Ill") as well as showing that they could pull off both their back-to-punk guitar-rock and their new-groove funk sounds onstage. --Randy Silver

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Beastie Boys Root Down US CD album

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lot more than just Root Down- Awesome CD April 11, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I would have to agree with what someone else said about this being better for people who have already heard the album versions. That being said, it's a great album. In my opinion, the best track on here is the live version of "Time to Get ill". I love it- it's raw, fresh, and as close to gangster rap as any white guys can get (B-boys are way better than eminem). "Root Down" is one of my all-time fave B-Boy songs, and the remixes give it an extra kick (even though both of the mixes can be found on the DVD, if you heard them on there and liked it, you can listen to them in your cd player now). For those who actually like "Sabrosa", like me, this live version is great. It's got more wah's than, well....., let's just say Adrock doesn't take his foot off the pedal once- and it's still an awesome groove. For those who haven't seen B-boys live, they've got so much energy (especially Adrock) that isn't ever shown on their studio albums, and I think this album finally does it well. Hearing Adrock scream like a maniac really does something for you on the inside. Last thing- I've never been a huge fan of B-boy punk, but just listening to the live version of "Time for livin'" got me hooked.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sabrosa man!! March 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What a great album by the B-Boys!! This album gives you what no other Beastie Boy's album gave us-live tracks. Why the B-Boys never gave us an entire live album I will never understand. There is one too many root down versions, but it's all good I guess. The Sabrosa Man is just a sick glimpse of the jamming capabilities of the boys. A main reason for this is due to Eric Bobo, son of Willie Bobo, and his sick skills on the skins. This is a great album that does not get the credit it deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ... April 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Before you skip this review because I'm from Vermont, hear me out. I am the biggest BBoys fan in the world I think, but this CD wore out too fast. Every track is really good, but something seems missing. Where are the cuts, samples, and scratches that I love so much? Well they're gone boss hog, this is a live album. Although the Root Down remixes are cool, they just don't have the bass-y base line that the original contained. The live songs are really cool, and are definately worth a look, but they just seem rushed. This "album" was created so fans wouldn't lose interest in the Beastie Boys in the time between Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. It was originally supposed to be a single, but it was just doctored up. I am being overly critical though, like all BBoys music, I just can't put this down. It's a good trip, but I've heard it all before.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one good album! March 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
HEY! YOU! YEAH YOU SITTING ON THE CHAIR, WONDERING WHAT CD TO ORDER! Four stars is WAY too little for THIS album! Root Down EP is one of the best albums out for God's sakes! If you are wondering wether to buy Root Down EP or LeAnn Rimes, well then THERE'S NO @$!% QUESTION ON WHAT YOU SHOULD BUY!! ROOT DOWN EP!!! Here are my song reviews
1. Root Down (Free Zone Mix): A good mix of a good song, what can I say? 2. Root Down: The originial, one of my faves. 3. Root Down (PP Balloon Mix): Kind of sounds a little like Track One, but it's still awesome. 4. Time To Get Ill (Live): It's a really good track, but not as good as the album version. 5. Heart Attack Man (Live): Great great great! But the album version is better. 6. The Maestro (Live): A four star song on a five star album. 7. Sabrosa (Live): My least favorite on the album. It's instrumental and kind of boring. 8. Flute Loop (Live): Probably my favorite on the album. Flute Loop is one helluva song and the live version was also great. 9. Time For Livin (Live): Awwwwesome! I love B-Boy punk. 10. Something's Got To Give (Live): So-so. HIDDEN TRACK. So Watcha Want? (Isreal Version): It's a hidden track. After Track Ten ends, keep listening. At about 4:25 it starts. It's only about 30 seconds long, but good.
So, 4 all of you out there wondering what CD you would want to purchase, THIS ALBUM IS IT!!!
Thank you for your time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loot down April 30, 2009
By IRate
Format:Audio CD
3 1/2

The Root Down remixes themselves are nothing inherently worth repeatedly listening to, although tack on some rather energetic live cuts off of multiple albums and you've got yourself a worthy EP.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good CD, but it sounds hastily put together. June 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is actually a 3.75 stars. It is not as good as Check Your Head, which would merit four, but better than, well, better than crap (I can't think of any bad Beastie Boys CDs). The first "Root Down" mix is very interesting, with a totally new riff. The bassline is gone, as well. The Album version of "Root Down" is just as good as it is on the album, which is pretty damn good. The second "Root Down" mix is similar to the first and not that great. It lacks a few of the spur of the moment elements found in the album version of Root Down. Next comes an updated, live version of "Time To get Ill" with a slowed down tempo and much more profanity. It is a solid song and merits much listening. "Heart Attack Man" follows, sounding very similar to the album version. I can't say much for this song as I don't really enjoy the Beasie Boys' punk, but it is still interesting and a good song. A sped up "The Maestro" is very good, but not as good as the album version. The spontanity (it is live, as are all the tracks besides the "Root Down" album version) brings it up to par. "Sabrosa" is next. From Ill Communication, this song was never that great to begin with. It is an instrumental track that never really goes anywhere. It just wallows in its own existence. A minute and a half version of "Flut Loop" is okay, but sounds no different than the album version, save for more yelling. Another punk track, "Time for Livin'" is the next song, one that I never reallly enjoyed. It is not as good as "Heart Attack Man" and degrades the album. "Something's Got to Give" is the last real song on the Root Down EP. It is another insturmental, but from Check Your Head, which preceded Ill Communication. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I Never Bought This in 1995...And I Didn't Miss Anything
Huge Beastie Boys fan here. But I ignored this in 1995, and wanted to catch up on what I may have missed out on. Turns out, not much at all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BigFatBlackLady
4.0 out of 5 stars root down
The CD works great but the case was cracked. It is not a big deal because I didn't pay that much for it, but it was a little disappointing.
Published on April 28, 2011 by Brad
1.0 out of 5 stars Never again
Ordered Root Down Vinyl from this seller. Got a CD single instead. Why on earth would I pay $4 for one song on a CD?!
Published on November 20, 2010 by massie1999
4.0 out of 5 stars not worth 11.99, but pretty good
if you can find this for a cheaper price, its worth getting, especially for a hardcore beasties fan. Read more
Published on October 26, 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars FedEx Ground
Like always the B-boys deliver. However, the small number of songs and numerous versions of root down makes it come up short. It leaves you waiting and waiting for more. Read more
Published on April 20, 2006 by mark twain
4.0 out of 5 stars Beasties Live
Length - 29:38
Riding on the giant wave of success that emanated from Ill Communication, the Beastie Boys came back in 95' and put this EP together, consisting of the studio... Read more
Published on August 12, 2003 by Blackberries
3.0 out of 5 stars A couple of great remixes
The highlight of this CD for me are the two remixes of "Root Down," which add a nice hip-hop flavor to the song. Read more
Published on June 14, 2002 by Westley
5.0 out of 5 stars great EP
The Root Down EP shows some really great remixed of root down as well as the beastie boys performing live which is important. Read more
Published on February 8, 2002 by Neel Aroon
3.0 out of 5 stars Secret track
The secret track is not Japanese. It's Hebrew. Adam Creighton
Published on March 29, 2000 by Adam Creighton
5.0 out of 5 stars Root Down Revolution
I am a proud owner of the Beastie Boys' Root Down EP. It is probably one of their best EP's of all time (and that's pretty good coming from a guy with 21 Beastie Boys CD, Tapes,... Read more
Published on February 19, 2000 by dediablo
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