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Ill Communication – Beastie Boys

Condition: Brand New
Ships from: Melbourne


In the mid 90s the BEASTIE BOYS were at the height of their popularity. Their album "Ill Communication", first released in May 1994 and now in a new form, debuted at number 1 in the American album charts, in England it reached number 10, in Germany it reached number 11. In the same year (July / August) they were, together with the Smashing Pumpkins, co-headliners of the then legendary "Lollapalooza" tour festival (for which Nirvana was actually planned, but good Kurt had shot himself a bullet in April). The following year, the tickets for their US Arena Tour were sold out within minutes. One dollar per ticket went to local charities. In general, the trio collected more and more charity money, especially for the "Milarepa Fund", which supports the interests of Tibet. In 1996, Adam Yauch organized the first "Tibetan Freedom Concert" in San Francisco.

"Ill Communication" clearly ties in with the previous album "Check Your Head" in terms of content and music. Here again, the mix of old school rap, lo-fi funk, soul-jazz instrumentals, pop sounds, punk rock and Latin rhythms. Maybe a little less innovative than usual, but the album contains some of the best songs in the band's repertoire, such as the grooving "Sure Shot", "Root Down" with its dirty funk or the monumental "Sabotage". 


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Release details

Label: Grand Royal, Capitol Records
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered, Reissue
Units: 2
Country: US
Released: 2009
Genre: Hip Hop, Jazz, Rock


A1 Sure Shot
A2 Tough Guy
A3 B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak
A4 Bobo On The Corner
A5 Root Down
B1 Sabotage
B2 Get It Together
B3 Sabrosa
B4 The Update
B5 Futterman'S Rule
C1 Alright Hear This
C2 Eugene'S Lament
C3 Flute Loop
C4 Do It
C5 Ricky'S Theme
D1 Heart Attack Man
D2 The Scoop
D3 Shambala
D4 Bodhisattva Vow
D5 Transitions