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on 31 March 2011
Those were the immortal words of my Father when he walked into my room one afternoon back in 1986 as I listened to the cassette of Licensed to ill yet again. I have owned this album in one format or another ever since and still smile each time I play it.Maybe I like it for it's nostalgia and the fond memories of Mad Dog 20/20,Regal fags and screwdriving the badges off volkswagons(I was 14 people!) or maybe it's because it's a genuinely good slice of 80's hip hop.Either way it's a classic of the genre and a must have for anyone into rap of the time.
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on 5 August 2002
It's hard to believe it was 16 years ago that 'Licenced To Ill' first burst onto the scenes and soon the Beastie Boys were in every paper in the country and there were even calls to ban them from coming to Britain on their first tour with Run DMC. These scenes were to be repeated 15 year later with Eminem but i doubt that he will have the longevity of the Beasties. From the opening 'Rhymin and Stealin' the menu is set for Rock/Hip Hop and corrupting every young mind in the world. Yes this albums include the now legendary 'Fight For Your Right' and 'No Sleep Til Brooklyn' but the story doesn't stop there. 'She's Crafty' is of equal brilliance and one of the great 'I can't believe they didn't releast that' songs of all time. But rocking down with air guitars isn't the full story, the album is peppered with fab hip hop tracks such as 'Brass Monkey', 'Posse In Effect' and 'Paul Revere'. Even after all this time the songs haven't dated that much and are still influencing the music of today. Yes the Beasties may have calmed down over the years but it's alway nice to take a trip back to the 'Good Ole Days' when they shook the world and taught it how to party! Incidently as a closing fact, did you know that the Beastie Boys acheived fame when they were the support act to a certain young lady called Madonna? Well now you know you call all rest easiet at nights!
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on 6 May 2013
I'd never properly listened to the Beastie Boys prior to buying this album, and so I didn't really know what to expect when it arrived. When I put it in my CD player, though, I instantly knew that this would be an album to remember! The hip-hop-n-rock style of the Beastie Boys manifests greatly on this album; there's a great lyrical style to this album, the Beastie Boys' flows are unique and the instrumentals and hooks are both catchy and brilliant.

There's something for any hip-hop fan in this album, and I strongly recommend it!
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on 23 April 2014
Not much of a need to write a review of the album that started the BB phenomenon. Great tracks from start to finish and it still feels fresh and raw today. A seminal album for any music collector and a master piece album cover. What more could you ask for!
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on 18 July 2003
Fantastic album by the masters of their genre (will Eminem still be here 16 years from now ?), don't let the hype and overplaying of 'Fight For Your Right' put you off, there are some classic moments on this CD.If you like this one, you'll be equally impressed by 'Check your Head', a later offering from the Beastie Boys, slightly slicker in parts but still loud and irreverent. Try it, you might like it !
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on 13 January 2004
To say that this was a defining album in the history of rap would be an understatement. I remember buying the original vinyl LP as a 16 year old, putting it on the turntable and being completely blown away. The mix of metal, funk and heavy drum tracks throughout was very original and coupled with them being one of the only white rappers around made them stand out from the crowd. Tracks such as the new style, hold it now hit it, she's crafty and no sleep till Brooklyn come to epitomise exactly what the boys were about. OK, they were not good rappers like say Snoop or Eminem are but that was not what they were about. Remember they were white, Jewish, middleclass boys who were out to joke and fantasise about being babe magnets and living the life of a hardcore gansta. Although I remain a fan of the group, this hardcore, tongue in cheek hip hop album definitly remains my all time favourite. Buy this and LLCoolJ's I can't live without my radio album and you will have 2 of the most raw and basic hip hop albums of all time. One thing is for sure, VolksWagen's will never be the same again.
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on 11 May 2014
Bought this many years ago when it was first released - well, in this modern day (after losing it years ago) thought it'd be worth a punt as an MP3 download. This album has definately stood the test of time. Pure classic Beastie Boys, at their best.
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on 4 August 2014
It was a good purchase and came as described. It came within the delivery estimate. I am really pleased with my purchase. I would certainly buy from the same seller again.
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on 24 March 2011
The best of the beastie boys! Nothing can beat these tracks, with nostalgic base tunes, like Paul Revere etc...80's blast from the past. Well worth the buy
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on 2 April 2005
I remember buying this on vinyl when i was 16. Run DMC and Public Enemy were mashing things up when this hit my record deck.
My stepdad banned me from playing it in the house, due to all the media crap when they arrived in the uk with Run DMC. when they were out shopping Friday night though the whole street was rocking to tracks like Brass Monkey, No Sleep till Brooklyn and paul Revere. Inspiring stuff this album and even though they were dismissed as a joke band they are more hip hop today than many of these so called "gangsters" Retro- yes but if you heard it the first time around you are still going to want to blow it up full watts. Grab your vw signs and your tins of bud, Cus im out on my little horsey named Paul Revere, me an my horsey and a quart of beer........
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