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Ill Communication [Explicit Lyrics]

Beastie Boys Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (23 May 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002TP7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sure Shot [Explicit] 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tough Guy [Explicit]0:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak [Explicit] 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bobo On The Corner 1:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Root Down [Explicit] 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sabotage [Explicit] 2:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Get It Together [Explicit] 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sabrosa 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Update [Explicit] 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Futterman's Rule [Explicit] 3:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Alright Hear This [Explicit] 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Eugene's Lament 2:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Flute Loop [Explicit] 1:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Do It [Explicit] 3:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Ricky's Theme 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Heart Attack Man [Explicit] 2:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Scoop [Explicit] 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Shambala 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Bodhisattva Vow [Explicit] 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Transitions 2:310.99  Buy MP3 

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By 1994 the Beasties had settled into their cultural role as the grand arbiters of cool, and Ill Communication is pretty much a catalogue of coolness: live funk, a bit of hardcore, ingenious samples of obscure records, keyboards by analogue master Money Mark, guest shots by Q-Tip and Biz Markie, MCA's cop-show metal number "Sabotage" and the inevitable cascade of witty old-school rhymes. But it's also a surprisingly mature record from a band that had, after all, been at it for 12 years already. The original jazz-funk instrumentals hold their own with the group's favourite sample sources. Their voices are modestly buried in the mix, and they've tempered their old snottiness with lyrical compassion: check out "Bodhisattva Vow", a salute to Buddhist spirituality. --Douglas Wolk

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so ill it hurts 25 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish this is one of the greatest albums ever released and the Bestie's finest hour.
1994 was a great year for music and this was the best of the pile. It has perhaps the greatest start ever in "sureshot" and includes several moments of genius.
It covers so many styles its unture, from punk rock ("tough guy", "heart-attack man") to mellow musical interludes "transition"). Then of course there is also there trademark break-neck beats and hip-hop rhymes that make them unique as a group.
If this album isn't in your musical collection then you have got a large hole there. To think I have managed to review the album and not even needed to mention "sabotage", yup, thats how good it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 11 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A lot better than the overrated Licenced to Ill, Ill Communication is an epic hip hop masterpiece, with a nicely varied sound, including a couple of old-style thrashing guitars ones (eg. Heart attack man), mixed with a few chilled out instrumental numbers, and plenty of others. This is a must for any fans of the Beastie Boys, whether you like their Fight for your right style songs, or the more sample based Paul's Boutique stuff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Licensed To Ill Communicate 23 Jan 2005
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
When I first stumbled across this album, back when I was about 10, I took it back to the shops a week later. I had heard 'Sabotage' and thought I'd try it, but it sounded like a mess.

About two years later, after slowly purchasing other Beastie Boys releases and beginning to appreciate different syles of music as a whole, I picked it up again. I began to get it a little bit more with each listen, until it became arguably my favorite album of all time up to this present day.

I wrote a review in 2003, but thought I'd right another one as that particular one doesn't do this amazing record justice. So to the record...'Sure Shot' IS hip-hop personified. You will not find a more straight up hip-hop cut on anywhere, especially not in todays rap society. It's a perfect opener.

From then on you'll probably be surprised, but stick with this record. Distortion effects on the vocals can be heard throughout, something which may or may not take awhile to get your around. But it helps make Ill Communication into a sort of dirty sounding record, a pure old school street jamming album, with throbbing, pumping basslines and some wonderfully enthusiatic rapping by the 3 MC's.

'Alright Hear This', 'B-Boy's Makin' Wit' The Freak Freak', 'The Scoop', 'Root Down' and 'Get It Together' is hip hop at a wonderfully loose and cutting level. It's rap, but it doesn't sound like the clear, slickly produced so called hip-hop of today, or in some cases even back then. They're raw and jazzy, and simply performed to stunning effect. That early 90's vibe between the Beasties, A Tribe Called Quest and Cypress Hill and the like represents a golden age for the genre.

But Ill Communication crosses several musical boundaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an album! 10 April 2011
By Bobble
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought as a replacement to an older copy that I had worn out! This is, in my eyes, one of the Beastie's best albums and disproves a lot of the stereotypes about their music. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Class act 13 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've never listened to a greater CD, Amazing Lyrics, style of Music, and Instrumental Use, Sure shot is amazing and keep a look out for Sabotage both amazing tracks
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3.0 out of 5 stars skip through 6 Jun 2014
By enter
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant album. It can be very heavy and also very mellow. I wish they had grouped the tracks together better as one minute you are enjoying a chilled riff then HEART ATTACK, HEART ATTACK YEAH! I like to skip though or program tracks, this is a piece of music history and one of those albums everyone under the age of 50 should own
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4.0 out of 5 stars ill communication 5 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
licensed to ill is arguably one of the best albums of all time .the boys would find it hard to beat that and guess wot ?they don't .some good moments but not a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!!! 19 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Love everything about the beastie boys
One of their best albums ever
Can't get the songs out of my head
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the proper version, not this sad shadow.
Awful, awful, awful. A fantastic album that I've been meaning to buy again for years (still got the cassette! Read more
Published 19 days ago by James Elcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Ageing Nicely :)
Always thought these guys were a bit of a novelty and didn't really rate them at the time but this album has immediately rocketed into my top 10 of all time! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rhod
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made
Ill communication is arguably the best album the Beastie Boys ever made and it was made to be listened to on vinyl. This is a 180g vinyl remastered from the original recordings. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mista Craig
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
I was slightly disappointed by this album. I think it was because I just loved every other album that I had high expectations. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Author Simon Smith-Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars Moments of brilliance, but possibly over-rated
There are some real kicking moments on this album, for example the opening track 'Sure shot', as well as the blistering 'Root down', 'Sabotage', and the funky 'Flute loop' (which... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars THE album of the nineties, without a doubt...
This album is 20 tracks of solid gold.
Four fellas (including Money Mark),running away with a montage of sound and styles and ripping it up from every angle. Read more
Published on 18 April 2002 by saucysav@hotmail.com
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