Beastie Boys


Beastie Boys Reveal Ill Communication Reissue Details, Bonus Tracks
The Beastie Boys’ 1994 LP Ill Communication has sort of an ignominious place in history: It’s the first Beastie Boys album to sound a whole lot like the previous Beastie Boys album (Check Your Head, in this case). By the time the Beasties recorded their fourth long-player, their building blocks were all fully in place. They’d built an aesthetic out of near-randomness, but this album was fairly predictable: The retro hardcore punk nostalgia trips, the instrumental funk vamps, the densely allusive snot-rap bangers. (Plus all those ill-advised joints with the chanting Buddhist monks.)
Regardless, even if Ill Communication didn’t achieve greatness as often as its predecessors, it still had some great moments: “Sabotage”, “Sure Shot”, “Get It Together”, the part from “B-Boys Makin’ With the Freak Freak” where the guy yells about sticking his dick in the mashed potatoes.
On July 14, Capitol will reissue Ill Communication in the same deluxe multi-format style that they gave Paul’s Boutique and Check Your Head. The original album has been augmented with a 12-track bonus disc of rarities and B-sides.