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Licensed To Ill
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Universal Music Catalogue are re-pressing and re-issuing a series of classic albums from Def Jam, the most groundbreaking and inspired hip hop and urban music label of a generation. Drawing on its hugely impressive catalogue, created in the 21 years since
The joke of Licensed to Ill's cover--that the Beasties could crash their jet into the side of a mountain and keep on tickin'--serves as a good metaphor for a career that even some of their 1986 admirers thought might be over after the one-time-only shock of this full-length debut. That thousands of funk-junkie wannabes have since failed at re-creating its groove, breaking-the-law vibe, and ear-splitting mix of rock and rap is an even better joke. And funniest of all is the record itself, which packs dexterous boasts, aural puns, and lots and lots of yelling into a disc that can still be listened to with as much pleasure as it gave in '86. --Rickey Wright
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.63 x 5.08 x 0.39 inches; 3.25 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Def Jam
- Item model number : 2138741
- Original Release Date : 1995
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : February 20, 2007
- Label : Def Jam
- ASIN : B0000024JN
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,353 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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One of my classic albums to place in my Bose and BLAST me to my past singing along to all those memorable songs!
So catchy and they always make me grab my hair brush and pretend I am a member of the band!
Yes! I will be rapping along with the Beastie Boys well into my years to come!
And I still get ear worms after I have listened to their sound!
So, JUST KICK IT!
Still no sleep until Brooklyn with these boys!
To me though, this is their "Born In The USA" album: it's their biggest seller and the one album even non-Beastie fans are likely to have, but it owes its success to the fact that it's also the most watered down and genericized Beastie Boys. While some of the songs truly are interesting and fun to listen to (I particularly like "Girls"), the sound and feel on this cd is ICE cold. It's very sterile and non-groove feeling. If the songs weren't as good as they were, this one could have been a true disaster of a debut because the feel just isn't there.
Which is truly odd because if you listen to subsequent Beastie Boys albums, particularly their 1989 followup, "Paul's Boutique", you find that the Beastie Boys are anything but talentless rappers with no feel. In fact, quite the opposite, they are true slaves to the groove! They would later play their own instruments and do so with enough prowess to release individual cuts and even a full album of instrumentals with grooves so strong that they stand on their own. But groove is completely lacking on "Licensed To Ill", so I have a hard time with much of it. But if you want a great party record, this one could be for you.
To get more of what the Beastie Boys are really capable of though, check out "Paul's Boutique" or even the 2-disc compilation "Sounds of Science" (which contains most of the best songs from "Ill" anyway and is pretty cheap for a used copy here on Amazon....).
Top reviews from other countries
Ooooooooh remember the days when they wore VW signs, when they were banned from the UK for using salty language and being a little bit non establishment.... !!!! Fling on MTV now and see all the misogynistic lyrics and sexulisation of everything .... bit of a rant there...i digress ...anyway...
And that cover on vinyl, wow, just iconic.