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The Mix-Up

Beastie BoysAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 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 (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000PY32CE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. B For My Name
2. 14th St. Break
3. Suco De Tangerina
4. The Gala Event
5. Electric Worm
6. Freaky Hijiki
7. Off The Grid
8. The Rat Cage
9. The Melee
10. Dramastically Different
11. The Cousin Of Death
12. The Kangaroo Rat

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The Mix-Up is Beastie Boys' first-ever full album of all-new instrumental material. The follow-up to 2004's To The 5 Boroughs, The Mix-Up features Diamond, Horovitz and Yauch back on drums, guitar and bass, with able assistance from Keyboard Money Mark and percussionist Alfredo Ortiz, on 12 brand new wordless, sample-less, scratchless originals. Sure to please fans of the instrumental cuts from Check Your Head and Ill Communication and the cult hit compilation album made up largely of those tracks, The In Sound From Way Out!, The Mix-Up finds NYC's favorite sons drawing on one of their arsenal's primary strengths and pushing it into bold new directions.

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Having long since shed their image as hip-hop's clown princes, the Beastie Boys now bring what feels like their emeritus recording, a celebratory instrumental memoir of all of the influences (except punk) that brought them to their secure place among hip-hop's fickle elite. The party opens with the aptly titled "B for My Name," its plodding bounce staking claim to the mid-tempo path the album treads almost throughout. "14th St. Break" picks up the pace, especially in the auxiliary percussion breakdown, complete with rally whistle. Then, beginning with "Suco de Tangerina," the album drops into a deep groove cut from dub- and dancehall-tinged ostinati that carry through a full third of its tracks. Among these, "The Gala Event" suffers from a lack of developmental motion that characterizes many of these tracks, but highlights still abound. "Off the Grid," for example, departs from the otherwise unbreakable chill and rips the proceedings wide open, blooming again and again in a series of pulsing riffs that celebrate the very institution of the instrumental groove. More than 20 years since Licensed to Ill took a long, irreverent piss into the mainstream, it seems you can still fight for your right to party. --Jason Kirk

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155 of 181 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars three sets of listeners, three sets of reviews July 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
More than likely you will fit into one of these three categories, each with a different take on this album:

1. You like the BB's as hip hop artists, especially the funny lyrics, and enjoy the old school beats. You like Hello Nasty and To the Five Boroughs more than Check Your Head. Chances are good that you won't care for this album---don't buy it.

2. Your favorite album is Check Your Head and you really like the funky instrumental interludes on that and other albums of that era. BUT, you are not an avid listener of funk/acid jazz and are not familiar with Medeski, Martin, and Wood, etc. You will probably like this album and should buy it.

3. You fit into Category 2 EXCEPT that you ARE familiar with MMW, recent collaborations by John Scofield, Grey Boy Allstars, etc. You will be disappointed in this album because it just doesn't measure up. Frankly, this album comes off as very amateurish and shows that, though the BB's have developed some chops, they can't pull off a full album of instrumentals. The interludes in Check Your Head were just that---interludes---and you can't support a full album on interlude music. Not being a hater---I love the BB's too---but check out any of Stanton Moore's albums and you will see exactly what I mean.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bad reviews are WRONG! November 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wow, I can't believe the number of people that don't "get" this CD nor do I understand why people insist on saying that music is bad just because it wasn't what they expected. Then there are the people that compare one thing to something else just because it has a few similarities.

Maybe the Beasties weren't trying to sound like Medeski, Martin & Wood. Maybe they were just doing their own thing. Expanding on a sound and style they had already established if only hinted at on previous albums. And maybe you could write better music yourself right chief? I highly doubt it.

This is a great album and a natural progression from a band that has long since earned the right to do whatever they want to do. I hope this becomes a trend and we see more instrumental releases from them.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars B-Boys Continue to Evolve July 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Another great release by the B-Boys which will stand the test of time yet be dismissed and criticized by those who insist on comparing it to previous releases. Everyone NOW says how great "Paul's Boutique", and "The In Sounds From Way Out" are, (and I agree - from day one) however, when first released THOSE were criticized for not being like previous B-Boy releases. It's unfortunate that the decline of an artist is often related to the public's inability to accept that true artists must try new things to grow and evolve. Repetition is nothing new.

You can hear how much fun the guys had recording this. It's a funky, fresh release. It's great chill out music. Buy "The Mix-Up" now; you won't regret it. Plus, you'll enjoy and appreciate it long before the Johnny-come-latelys come around and start singing its praises!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you just want jams and beats!! July 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a sweet mix,beats and jams----no talking/rapping.
Sometimes you just want to hear music with a beat and jam minus the rapping,yapping and get all of this in this cd and than some.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to The Music not the critics. July 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wow. Some of the reviews on this page leave my mouth agape with wonder. What in the world is so very wrong with this album? There are a few that are saying there's "no fun' in this record or the 'dynamic is gone'(whatever that means).What record are you listening to? To all of you naysayers I say Fooey and double Fooey! THIS ALBUM IS GREAT. It's a groovy little record period. But that's all it is. It doesn't have to be the next Sgt. Peppers or Paul's Boutique or whatever. You have to take a look at it on it's own. I will say this for this album, no other band is making music like this right now. This is completly original music. Why aren't these guys given the chance to grow and expand? If you don't like this album fine, whatever. Go listen to your 12" of Brass Monkey until your parents kick you out of the basement.
For those of you out there who want something a little groovy and different, get it. Meanwhile I'm going to mix myself a gimlet and listen to a great little combo called the Beastie Boys. Their new album is cool as hell.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throw It All In And Mix It Up {4 Stars} June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
On what should be considered an EP, The Beastie Boys drop what I'd like to call a short but sweet instrumental album. There isn't much too it. It's just 12 tracks and clocks in at 42 minutes and 30 seconds. The sound is pretty light on substance, but they're quite melodic and easy to get into. There are a lot of different influences that can be heard, but they wrap them all together to make their own particular groovy goodness.

I can't think of any flaws on this album. I could complain about its length, or lack thereof, but that would be nitpicking. I did find "The Rat Race" and "Dramastically Different" to be sort of boring though. Everything else seems to flow very well. If you were expecting a 100% hip hop release, you may be in for a bit of a surprise. I found the diversity of the tracks to be quite enjoyable.

The Mix-Up isn't a bad album at all. Despite what others might say, I found it to be an enjoyable listen. The Beastie Boys rarely ever disappoint me and I don't think Beastie enthusiasts will be let down by this release either. I recommend adding this album to your music library

Standout Tracks: The Kangaroo Rat, The Melee, Electric Worm (My Favorite), 14th St. Break, The Gala Event, B For My Name, and Off the Grid
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough..
Discovered these guys in college with the release of License to Ill, and have followed them straight through my adult years - buying everything upon it's release. Big fan. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mr. William
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
this is great.
R.I.P. Adam
Published 1 month ago by Kevin StarLord Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Mix Up
This is my least favorite B-Boys album. I'm a die hard B-Boys fan, but this all instrumental album lacks their swagger and attitude.
Published 6 months ago by SmartyPants
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise!
Really a unique approach, but definitely worth the time to check out!! I love it!! The Beastie Boys never fail to deliver.
Published 6 months ago by S Goodrich
1.0 out of 5 stars All sounds the same, nothing I can really get into.
I really like the Beastie Boys, I even like their instrumentals and the songs about Buddism, with the chanting and what not from Ill Communication. But this album blows. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Colin
1.0 out of 5 stars item damaged, not in like new condition.
item damaged. side 2 large skip damage. item not in like new condition. large burn splotch on side two. poor quality.
Published 10 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars rip mca
before being defeated by cancer musician MCA, along with his other Beastie Boys member Mike D and Ad-Rock, he left behind a legacy in music, film and other arts that cannot be... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mix-Up
This compiles songs from various other albums into one. I just recently discovered The Beastie Boys in-depth and realize how genius this group really is.
Published 12 months ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude, it's the Beastie Boys. Of course it's 5 stars
Fantastic album by one of the most influential bands of all time. No rapping on this, just great instrumentals that are great to work to or just have on while relaxing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Oi2dWrld
3.0 out of 5 stars it's not the in sound from the way out...
one of my many bboys faves is the "in sound from the way out" - this is a far cry from that album but a decent effort. Read more
Published 13 months ago by beastie
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L. Brandwein, I'm a fellow Beasties mega-fan and I'm with you on every point (except I thought "Boroughs" was more "flat-out awesome" than "mediocre.") I hadn't even heard "The Mix-Up" was coming out until I saw it in a magazine article last week, but I'm... Read More
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