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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of utter genius......
An amazingly eclectic collection of tunes that range from punk, hip hop, jazz and everything else thats good with music. It may sound like a mess at first, but with a few listens it becomes apparent how good an album this is. There is something for everybody, and its one of the few COMPLETELY original albums that you will ever hear. It's as funky as hell, yet it rocks...
Published on 8 May 2001

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, pointless remaster!
Probably the Beastie Boys' best album (along with Paul's Boutique), but the remastering has not made ANY difference to the original recording! Worth getting if you're a newcomer or a completist; disc two is very good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of utter genius......, 8 May 2001
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This review is from: Check Your Head (Audio CD)
An amazingly eclectic collection of tunes that range from punk, hip hop, jazz and everything else thats good with music. It may sound like a mess at first, but with a few listens it becomes apparent how good an album this is. There is something for everybody, and its one of the few COMPLETELY original albums that you will ever hear. It's as funky as hell, yet it rocks like a violent beast. I have no idea what the Beasties were on when they created this masterpiece BUT I WANT SOME!!!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beastie Boys are the best band on this planet., 4 Oct. 1999
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This review is from: Check Your Head (Audio CD)
God, this CD is awesome. The first time I heard it, I thought it was awful. Then I heard "So What'cha Want" on a stereo in Camden Market three years later, and the full genius of 'Check Your Head' became apparent.
"Gratitude", "Time for Livin'" and "So What'cha Want" just totally rock, 100% full of punk attitude, while "Pow", "In 3's" and "Namasté" (which all made it onto the later chill-out BB bits-and-pieces album "The In Sound From Way Out") show how competent these guys had become, even in 1992.
Which isn't to say "Paul's Boutique", "Ill Communication" or "Hello Nasty" are lesser works - they're extremely accomplished too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beastie boys best, 27 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Check Your Head (Audio CD)
tunes baby yeah?

everyone raves about the debut of these cheeky chaps but the true beastie gems are "check you head" and "ill communication".

this album is top of the drawer.

i love the way they get the old school sound by recording the album live.

the sound of the congas really rocks out. the tops tracks are definatly:

1: so whatcha want?
2: stand together
3: professor booty

buy this now man, itll rock your world like a giant pebble
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!, 24 July 2004
This review is from: Check Your Head (Audio CD)
Let me put it simply: THIS IS THE BEST RECORD THE BEASTIES HAVE EVER DONE.
Unbeatable, unforgettable, unputdownable!
This is the bomb, buy this album right now and forever live knowing you bought one of the greatest albums of all time.
From the opening 'Jimmy James' (dedicated to Hendrix) to the closing mysterious and inventive 'Namasté', this album is a masterpiece.
The best tracks undoubtably are 'So What'cha Want', 'Gratitude' and 'Something's Got to Give', but all the songs are top notch.
I love the way the cover has the boys doing the See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil thing. Its the coolest album cover I've ever seen.
'So What'cha Want' is my second favourite Beastie Boys song (just behind 'Intergalactic'). Buy this album now.
P.S. Please visit [...] for some great music. Keep rockin with the sure shot yall!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, pointless remaster!, 9 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Check Your Head (Audio CD)
Probably the Beastie Boys' best album (along with Paul's Boutique), but the remastering has not made ANY difference to the original recording! Worth getting if you're a newcomer or a completist; disc two is very good.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE KINGS OF COOL, 5 Aug. 2002
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Released back in 1992 this was the Beasties third album proper and showed a slight change in direction for the Brooklyn Trio. From the opening 'Jimmy James' this album just screams of coolness and like all their albums has stood the test of time remarkably well. Funk filled tracks such as 'Funky Boss' and 'In 3's' showed a more mature change of direction from their beer swilling, naked go go dancer days of the 80's. There's also the fantastic 'Time for livin' a storming thrash punk track, they would repeat this formula both on the 'Ill Communication' and 'Aglio E Olio' EP. But by far the standout track of this album is the amazing 'Gratitude' with the most amazing fuzz bass ever. The Beasties are always considered as the most cool and well respected bands around at the moment, in fact it's them them along with Run DMC who are considered as the main influence of the 'Nu Metal' mixture of Rock and Hip-Hop. This cd is an absolute MUST for any respectible record collection and will increase your coolness by at least a million!
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5.0 out of 5 stars eclectic beastie boy jam, 15 Feb. 2011
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This album has everything in it punk, jazz, lounge music done cool with a hip-hop sensibility. Some of it is very witty, even just musically. A smorgasbord of creativity. Great fun - buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Check Your Head - Young punks get funky., 5 Jun. 2013
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Sebastian Palmer "sebuteo" (Cambridge, England) - See all my reviews
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This, the third B-boys album, finds the three mid-twenty-somethings having evolved a long way from their messy punk roots. And whilst they can be as obnoxious and shrill as ever, they've also matured notably from the deliberately offensive rap-rock frat-pack party animal vibes of their Licensed To Ill debut.

They deliberately appear on the cover with instruments cases, making a statement about their role as musicians as well as rappers. There are five or six instrumentals, all of which were later to be collected on The In Sound From Way Out, along with other similar fare. And also they allow themselves to occasionally get pretty durn mellow, as 'Something's Got To Give' and 'Namaste' bear witness.

All aspects of their art are represented, from hardcore-punk roots ('Time For Livin''), via sample-based sonic collage ('Jimmy James' and 'Professor Booty' being my funky faves), to live jams, be they instrumental (Groove Holmes) or rap based ('What'cha Want' showing they could still rock the mic' like back in the day). A very mixed and eclectic yet strong album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic LP - What's up with Netty's Girl?, 23 April 2009
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A very good LP from the Beasties, a turning point in their career that opened up the future. "So What'ya want" is possibly the best track they have ever made. Great remaster package, unlike Paul Boutique, with a 2nd CD of other tracks. "Netty's girl" however is totally screwed, runs at the wrong speed. Hence one star deducted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Oct. 2014
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An awesome album buy it !!
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