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The In Sound From Way Out
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Originally released through the Beastie Boys' French fan club, The In Sound From Way Out! is a collection of the group's funky instrumentals from Check Your Head and Ill Communication, with a couple of new tracks thrown in. The Beasties have a flair for loose, gritty funk and soul-jazz, and the stuttering, greasy keyboards of Money Mark give the music an extra edge -- he helps make the music sound as authentic as anything from the early '70s. Pressed on 180G vinyl.
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What the rest of us don't know is that, in addition to their role as rap idols, the Beasties are minor funk-masters in their own right. When they're not hurling nasally rap in your general direction, they're moonlighting as the house band for every 70's cop-show out there.
Fortunately, every track on this album is an instrumental and speaks to some kind of funky influence (think Medeski, Martin, and Wood lite), but the music is also extremely versatile. You could play it in any number of situations and feel satisfied. The boys have worn more than one hat over the years and I can't wait for the next album of this kind.
"Who knew?" will be the reaction of many after first hearing these guys play. The music is kinda-jazz; a little too deliberately funky and poppy to be taken as serious Jazz, but more listenable due to such supposed deficiency. Two thumbs up.
I do love What it is: the Boys showing skill, talent, and depth even beyond what their most ardent fans would ever give them credit for ... and so, yeah, I guess I'm glad I bought it again.