Monday, January 5, 2009


I don't know how many other albums warrant a "commentary track" - it's standard for most film DVDs, but do you really need that on an album? 

If that album is The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, then yes. Yes you do.  The album is a stunning achievement, particularly in light of the huge success they had in the much less clever Licensed To Ill. There had never been an album with so many layers of samples, with so many funny references - it kind of took hip-hop to a new level, but hip-hop wasn't really paying attention to them anymore. 

Anyway, they are reissuing the album in January 27, and if you buy the reissue, you get free downloads of the tracks with "director's commentary" from Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch and Mike D. I don't know that I listen to those versions over and over, but I will listen to them. 

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