Its interesting to remember the fuss that was made over the Beastie Boys when they first came to parochial old Britain. For one this they started a craze in which young hoodlums stole badges off Volkswagen Passats to the anger of dads across the country. Paul's Boutique was probably the first sign that this was not just some New York novelty sent to ruin your hard earned hatchback. A more varied and sonically experimental work, it was a multi-hued record full of bravado, three-pronged vocal attacks but also inventive sampling which re-wrote the rule book of what hip-hop could be.
Vinyl Double LP £24.49 7780913
180g vinyl reissue 2LP on Capitol housed in a triple gatefold sleeve.
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180g vinyl reissue LP on Capitol. Comes in a simplified gatefold jacket.
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20th Anniversary Remastered Edition CD on Capitol.
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It's fair to say that this one caused a lot of stigma among Beastie Boys fans, yet Paul's Boutique garnered praise over time until it became what is now a cult phenomenon. Gone was the sound of a bunch of 70s hard rock riffs, and in its place was a plethora of beats gathered from a huge variety of source material. Every sample on this record is put into various scenarios throughout by way of the rhymes themselves, which are as good if not better than on 'Licence To Ill'. Overall, what makes this such a landmark in the hip-hop genres is its unparalleled listenability in any situation: It can be a party album, a deep-listening experience, ambient background music and a soundtrack to a good road trip - all in one.
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