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The Mix-Up

Beastie Boys Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/EMI
  • ASIN: B000QXDGX4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. B For My Name
2. 14th St. Break
3. Suco De Tangerina
4. The Gala Event
5. Electric Worm
6. Freaky Hijiki
7. Off The Grid
8. The Rat Cage
9. The Melee
10. Dramastically Different
11. The Cousin Of Death
12. The Kangaroo Rat

Product Description

Having long since shed their image as hip-hop's clown princes, the Beastie Boys now bring what feels like their emeritus recording, a celebratory instrumental memoir of all of the influences (except punk) that brought them to their secure place among hip-hop's fickle elite. The party opens with the aptly titled "B for My Name," its plodding bounce staking claim to the mid-tempo path the album treads almost throughout. "14th St. Break" picks up the pace, especially in the auxiliary percussion breakdown, complete with rally whistle. Then, beginning with "Suco de Tangerina," the album drops into a deep groove cut from dub- and dancehall-tinged ostinati that carry through a full third of its tracks. Among these, "The Gala Event" suffers from a lack of developmental motion that characterises many of these tracks, but highlights still abound. "Off the Grid," for example, departs from the otherwise unbreakable chill and rips the proceedings wide open, blooming again and again in a series of pulsing riffs that celebrate the very institution of the instrumental groove. More than 20 years since Licensed to Ill took a long, irreverent piss into the mainstream, it seems you can still fight for your right to party. --Jason Kirk

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BEASTIE BOYS The Mix Up (2007 UK CD album - The Mix-Up finds NYCs favorite sons drawing on one of their arsenals primary strengths and pushing it into bold new directions; with Diamond Horovitz and Yauch back on drums guitar and bass with able assistance from Keyboard Money Mark and percussionist Alfredo Ortiz on 12 brand new wordless sample-less scratchless originals presented in a digipak picture sleeve)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Oodles of Noodles 26 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've always been an appreciator of the Beastie Boys since those goofy days of Licensed to Ill. They are a progressive act, developing themsleves and their sound as the last 20 odd years (gulp) of recording has gone by. But, without wishing to state the obvious, they have remained popular because of their hip hop/rap talent and, in turn, their original interpretation of it. A wholly instrumental long player is going to be that..........a LONG player. Don't get me wrong, as individual tracks the material is definately worth a listen. It takes me back to their chilled out sessions for Check Your Head which was probably the bands creative peak (with Paul's Boutique of course). I'm no musical history expert but if you want a sound comparison I'd say this is somewhere between Cafe Bleu era Style Council and Hamilton Bohannon. Stand out tracks on first listen are B For My Name, Off the Grid and The Cousin of Death but as with any Beastie album, it's likely to florish on further listening. Don't get me wrong, it'll be a great CD for listening to whilst driving or for relaxing to throughout the summer but I gotta admit, I miss the words. Still spitting hot fire but perhaps consuming too many fumes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instumental mentality 9 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
First off, this aint your avearge Beasties LP. No rapping from Ad Rock, MCA or Mike D, but plenty of chillin' instrumentals. If you liked "The In Sounds From Way Out", then you're sure to dig this collection of chilled out grooooooves. Almost trip-hop in places, with hints of dub, soul and pretty much any other pigeon-hole catagory you can think of, this is an album to come down to. If you're looking for a right-to-party to fight for - this is a long way off but, if you fancy something a little different to kick back to look no further. I'm lovin' it. relax, give it a couple of listens and it'll be on at the very end of all your part sessions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Instrumental Mellow Funk-Rock Genius 16 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you have heard any of the B-Boys previous albums, and enjoyed the intrumental tracks, The Mix-Up is a natural extension of these. Funky, groovy, mellow tunes which make up for the lack of lyrics with messages in the music itself.

Different moods, different instruments; each song is unique. There are up-tempo jams, sad ones, mellow ones, and eerie ones. They do not require a niche taste at all: it is simply good music by folks of good musical taste.

Of all the albums in my music collection, and there are many, of different genres and eras, The Mix-Up is my most-listened. I regularly leave it playing, looping endlessly: over two-hundred listens and I still do not tire.

I'm a big fan of the B-Boys lyrical style and rhymes. But a major reason for this is the backing music in their tracks. The Mix-Up allows this to take hold of you and take you on a far more sensual ride than you might think.
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