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Format: CD
Sku: 60136005
UPC: 724382859925
UPC 14: 00724382859925
Release Date: 5/31/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sure Shot
2. Tough Guy
3. B ~ Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak
4. Bobo on the Corner
5. Root Down
6. Sabotage
7. Get It Together
8. Sabrosa
9. Update, The
10. Futterman's Rule
11. Alright Hear This
12. Eugene's Lament
13. Flute Loop
14. Do It
15. Ricky's Theme
16. Heart Attack Man
17. Scoop, The
18. Shambala
19. Bodhisattva Vow
20. Transitions

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Beastie Boys: Mike "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (vocals, guitar); Adam "MCA" Yauch (vocals, acoustic bass, electric bass); Mike "Mike D" Diamond (vocals, drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Q-Tip, Biz Markie (rap vocals); Eugene Gore (violin); "Money" Mark Nishita (keyboards, organ); Amery Smith (drums); Eric Bobo (percussion).
Muze PNote Producer: Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato, Jr.
Muze PNote Recorded at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, California and Tin Pan Alley, New York.
Muze PNote "Sabotage" was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Muze PNote Personnel: Q-Tip (vocals).
Muze PNote First time around they were written off as more of Presley's snot-nosed ancestors, shamelessly appropriating breaking black musical styles. Then, after creating an undisputable hip-hop masterpiece (1989's PAUL'S BOUTIQUE), they were tossed aside because they'd seemingly lost their commercial value. But now, having successfully made their "new style" over and debut it at Number 1, the only thing the Beastie Boys can be dissed about is their media over-exposure.
Muze PNote The phattening pleasures of ILL COMMUNICATION's 20 tracks come when they visit the old school--whether with DJ Hurricane on the wheels of steel in "Sure Shot," or freestyling classic Beastie rhymes with Q-Tip on "Get It Together." Or when they turn that classroom on its ear by replacing the samples and machine-beats with live jams.
Muze PNote And it's not just their musical skills which have progressed over the years. On ILL COMMUNICATION, the lyrical jokesters who've previously added figures as diverse as Japanese baseball legend Sadahura Oh and prominent science dude Galileo Galilei to hip-hop's lyrical canon, finally allow their individualism to shine brightly through the usual veil of Beastie-speak. By casually expounding on an undercurrent of values ranging from Buddhism, to corporate slackdom, to (of all things) marriage, ILL COMMUNICATION goes further to define the parameters of a twentysomething community than any other commercially successful record in recent memory.

Engineer: Mario Caldato, Jr.
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Beastie Boys - Ill Communication - Remastered Edition - CD Review
By: Jordan Richardson Reviews
Published on: 7/16/2009 4:00 AM
“I listen to wax, I’m not using the CD,” Mike D tells us on “Sure Shot,” the opening cut to the Beastie Boys’ superb ’94 record Ill Communication. Whether or not an updated version of the cut would have included a discharge about MP3s is for you to decide, but the Remastered Edition of Ill sounds as funky-fresh today as it ever did. Originally dropped a full five years after Paul’s Boutique, Ill Communication builds on the same tones and methods the Boys used all the full review

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Clueless
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Old School Rap
Muze Music Compilations Hip Hop Essentials Vol 12
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Muze Music Compilations New York Thrash

Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/23/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDEST 2229
Music Label Name Label : Grand Royal (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724382859925

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.54)
- Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."

Rolling Stone (6/2/94, p.68)
- 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Their mission remains intact: to explore the unifying threads between hip-hop and punk, taking their basic elements--the scratch of a needle across a vinyl groove, a pounding snare-bass thump, the crunch of a power chord--and slicing them up with a ginsu knife...."

Spin (12/94, p.78)
- Ranked #19 in Spin's list of the `20 Best Albums Of '94' - "...spice their trademark Toucan-Sam style wise-cracking with jazz samples....and Meters-meets-Santana instrumental chillouts, while 'Sabotage' is flat-out the best hard rock song of the year..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/3/94, p.54)
- "'s the most tantalizing ear candy in years, the incessantly inventive sound of brats dismantling pop and trying to reassemble it in their own ingeniously klutzy ways....ILL COMMUNICATION is a cacophony of sleazy wah-wah guitars, voices screaming out from alleys behind buildings, and other joyful chaos, and the Beasties revel in it like kids in a crammed, smelly playground...." - Rating: B

Q (12/99, p.82)
- Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."

Option (8/94, pp.91-92)
- "...In recent years they've managed to hit new heights of musical sophistication without ever compromising the geekoid charm that is at the heart of their cool..."

Village Voice (3/94, p.5)
- Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.

Village Voice (2/28/95)
- Ranked #15 in the Village Voice's 1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.

Billboard (p.29)
- "[E]verything -- lyrics, samples and production -- locks seamlessly, giving rise to the group's most mature and satisfying album."

Q (Magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] mix of hard-edged funk, punk thrash and noodling instrumentals, but with tentative signs of maturity..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- Ranked #54 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "Swapping their metal-thieving brat-rap for a most hyperactively eclectic maturity..."

NME (Magazine)
(12/24/94, p.22)
- Ranked #3 in NME's list of the `Top 50 Albums Of 1994.'

NME (Magazine)
(5/28/94, p.35)
- 8 - Excellent - "...ILL COMMUNICATION is a deliberately positive noise that encourages us to start taking responsibility for a change..."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "ILL COMMUNICATION is the album that let them infuse their turn towards sincerity with a renewed sense of playfulness, solidifying their transition from the gleefully exaggerated bad-boy anarchists of their first two albums to a trio of (slightly)
more mature, trend-setting enthusiasts."

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