Licensed To Ill CD (1995)

Artist: Beastie Boys

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Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60115894
UPC 731452735126
UPC 14 00731452735126
Format CD
Release Date 3/28/1995
Author Beastie Boys
Associated Artist/Work Santigold
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Technical Info
Engineer Steve Ett
Producer Rick Rubin; Beastie Boys
CatalogID 5273512
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 03/28/1995
Original Release 1986
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 44m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731452735126
Album Notes and Credits
The Beastie Boys: Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, Adam "MCA" Yauch, Mike "Mike D" Diamond (rap vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Kerry King (guitar).
Personnel: Kerry King (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Joe Blaney.
Photographer: Sunny Bak.
Artist Overview
As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, who accused them of cultural pirating. The exaggerated b-boy and frat-boy parodies of their unexpected hit debut album, Licensed to Ill, didn't help their cause. However, their 1989 follow-up, Paul's Boutique, was one of the first albums to predict the genre-bending, self-referential kaleidoscope of '90s pop. The Beasties refined their eclectic approach during the '90s, and within a few years, they were considered one of the most influential and ambitious groups in music. Their future, however, was in jeopardy when founding member Adam Yauch (aka MCA) passed away in 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Q (9/94, p.123) - 4 Stars - "...LICENSE TO ILL remains the world's only punk rock rap album, arguably superior to NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS...knowing that apathy and slovenliness were just around the corner..."
Q (p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[A]n album's worth of yelping hip hop and snarling guitar riffs....[The album] remains one of their very finest moments."
Vibe (12/99, p.158) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Melody Maker (7/22/95, p.35) - Bloody Essential - "...There's lots of self-reverential bragging, more tenuous rhymes than are usually permitted by law and, most importantly of all, an unshakably glorious celebration of being alive....A surprisingly enduring classic."
Disc 1
1 Rhymin' and Stealin'
2 New Style, The
3 She's Crafty
4 Posse In Effect
5 Slow Ride
6 Girls
7 (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)
8 No Sleep Till Brooklyn
9 Paul Revere
10 Hold It Now, Hit It
11 Brass Monkey
12 Slow And Low
13 Time To Get Ill

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