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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
being a sucker for the beastie boys and a collector of vinyl this was a "must buy" purchase, classic album and a slight return to their hardcore punk crossover roots with Sabotage & Heart Attack Man.

this is the gatefold double album which came swiftly from the supplier and was well packaged, fully recommended purchase
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Format: Audio CD
I approach this album as the rebellious little brother of the awesome "check your head" album. It has the same touchstones - distorted microphones, some acid jazz-funk instrumentals, some hardcore punk, and black and white cover art. It is much more of a collection of contrasts than its predecessor, however. As someone else here has stated, the tracks don't run along together as they somehow manage to on check your head. Instead, they jar, and can be a bit too much of a challenging listen. Highlights include "sure shot" and "root down", which are slices of hip-hop brilliance) and "sabotage", which I think is the kind of hardcore punk-hip-hop fusion the beasties were destined for. However the stuff in between is a disjointed collection of experiments, and the way the album is compiled lets it down a little in my opinion. Any beasties album is worth owning, but I would recommend check your head first.

RIP MCA
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Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
I was slightly disappointed by this album. I think it was because I just loved every other album that I had high expectations. There are some good tracks, but there is also a lot of tracks I skip after two or three times of hearing them, which is never a good sign.
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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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Format: Audio CD
From the off, Ill Communication will have you reaching for the volume button. Old school Beasties working perfectly alongside the ever progessing style of the Boys. But it's not all aggressive, jump-around, this album contains mellow and sometimes almost classical tacks. A must in my opinion. But hey, if you like the Beastie Boys, you need no review to make you buy this modern classic.
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