Beastie Boys -Solid Gold Hits
Label: Capitol Records – C1 0946 3 44667 1 4
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Best of compilation from all five albums.
Genre: Hip Hop
Style: Pop Rap
A1 So What'cha Want 3:37
A2 Brass Monkey 2:38
A3 Ch-Check It Out 3:10
A4 No Sleep Till Brooklyn 4:06
B1 Hey Ladies 3:48
B2 Pass The Mic 4:17
B3 An Open Letter To NYC 4:13
C1 Root Down 3:31
C2 Shake Your Rump 3:17
C3 Intergalactic 3:30
C4 Sure Shot 3:18
D1 Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Remix – Fatboy Slim 4:08
D2 Triple Trouble 2:43
D3 Sabotage 2:58
D4 Fight For Your Right 3:30
Producer – Beastie Boys, Dust Brothers, The (tracks: B1, C2), Mario Caldato Jr. (tracks: A1, B2, C1, C3, C4, D1, D3), Rick Rubin (tracks: A2, A4, D4)
Beastie Boys forced obnoxiousness onto the world in 1985's "Fight For Your Right To Party" would have ever made albums into a oeuvre of classics? "License to Ill" even sounded like a one-hit-wonder; silly frat boy posturing, misogyny, drunken loutishness from a trio that looked like nerd drop-outs trying to make AC/DC sound like Run/DMC. Boy, did they prove us wrong.
By "Paul's Boutique," they were already collaging samples in a way that would soon be de rigueur for most rap groups (even if the growth meant the "Ill" audience didn't catch on at first) and "Check Your Head" saw the trio turning into a band, picking their old instruments back up and hitting gold with "Sabotage." They'd finally managed to do what no-one else had; weld rock to rap without losing a shred of credibility on either side. It took almost another five years before the Red Hot Chili Peppers got it right on the opposite end with rock, and only Run/DMC could touch the Beasties for innovation.
You'll find that in the clever rhymes (my personal favorite is pairing 'my wok' with 'Mr Spock' on "Intergalactic") and tricky samples (Herbie Mann on "Sure Shot," The Sweet on "Hey Ladies"). In the interim, their voices and attitudes grew up (Adam Yauch became a leader in the "Free Tibet" movement) and they kept the albums coming. As a single disc, some will feel shorted, but "Solid Gold Hits" covers the turf from "Ill" to "To The 5 Boroughs," which is a pretty broad swath. As a casual collection, this and "Ill" would likely fill all your Beastly needs.
Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right - music video
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Til Brooklyn - live in Montreux 1987
Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies
Beastie Boys - Shake Your Rump
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Seriously one of THE greatest hip-hop acts of all time man.. Mix Master Mike is a genius on the decks and the Boys got so much energy in all their shows AND songs it's almost impossible to not enjoy them as a whole.