#1  
Old 11-12-2005, 06:07 PM
dave790 dave790 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,738
Default SGH Reviews

Music

The Times November 05, 2005

Beastie Boys

Solid Gold Hits
(Capitol)


Judging by comments posted on their website, the Beastie Boys are somewhat cynical about this pre-Christmas release. Noting Capitol’s “sudden” decision to “celebrate (the band’s) 24th anniversary”, they have nevertheless played along, posing in suitably arch attire for the self-mocking cover.

Neither a singles collection nor an incontrovertible “best of” set, some selections are questionable: Brass Monkey’s engaging juvenilia could have happily made way for far better material from their first album, and the band’s evident preference for Fatboy Slim’s remix of Body Movin’ over their own steel-pan original remains mystifying. But any release that includes Fight for Your Right, the evergreen paean to teenage existentialism, Sabotage, a theme song in search of a cop show, and Shake Your Rump, perhaps the funkiest piece of sampling kleptomania ever conceived, cannot be all bad.

ANGUS BATEY

All Music Guide

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

The Beastie Boys had a good, albeit eccentric, hits compilation in 1999 with the double-disc set The Sounds of Science, so what's the purpose of the 2005 set Solid Gold Hits? Well, it is considerably more concise than the previous compilation, spanning just one disc and containing a mere 15 songs compared to the 42 on Sounds. So, for listeners who are just looking for the big hits, this serves its purpose quite well, since this may be missing many great songs — and not just album tracks or early singles like "She's on It," but charting hits like "Paul Revere" — but it does have all of their anthems, including "Fight for Your Right," "Brass Monkey," "Hey Ladies," "Shake Your Rump," "So What'cha Want," "Sabotage," "Sure Shot," "Intergalactic," and "Body Movin'," here in its Fatboy Slim remix. While some listeners may find the non-chronological order kind of frustrating, these songs sound good in pretty much any running order, so this winds up as a thoroughly entertaining listen. Perhaps it's not the definitive Beastie Boys album, but for fans who just want nothing more than the hits, this does its job.


These I found at a very informative and frankly decent site,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beastie_Boys

which covers an awful lot of things Beastie. I think theres a review in Kerrang!magazine next week so I'll scan that in. Also, I think Angus Young (the times reviewer) is fairly spot on about the release. He's definitely a fan though, I enjoy the Rhymin' and Stealin' book he wrote!

dave



Quote:
DIAMOND: He wishes he could be here right now. So do we.

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-12-2005, 06:19 PM
jackrock's Avatar
jackrock jackrock is offline
Kippis
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: next to the rectangle
Posts: 6,150
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by dave790

and Shake Your Rump, perhaps the funkiest piece of sampling kleptomania ever conceived, cannot be all bad.
a BBMB'er was mentioned!



As long as one of us remains here
None of them will ever pass

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-12-2005, 06:27 PM
kleptomaniac's Avatar
kleptomaniac kleptomaniac is offline
1% klepto, 99% MANIAC!
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Evans, GA
Posts: 10,140
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by jackrock
a BBMB'er was mentioned!
almost, but those dolts forgot the "c"!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-12-2005, 06:57 PM
paulb's Avatar
paulb paulb is offline
CANADA'S BIGGEST BBOY FAN
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 5,081
Default Re: SGH Reviews

so close to your 15min of fame.... keep waiting...



http://mic-to-mic.blogspot.com/

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-12-2005, 08:07 PM
Deep_Sea_Rain's Avatar
Deep_Sea_Rain Deep_Sea_Rain is offline
Pocho
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Cydonia, Mars
Posts: 2,583
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by dave790
they have nevertheless played along, posing in suitably arch attire for the self-mocking cover.
The reviewer is an idiot.

Any person can see the Beasties are fresh out of their teens when the cover shot was taken. Poorly researched article....




Quote:
Originally Posted by Lo_Lyfe
yo i fukked a girl wit hooves mayne the other night. like no fingers an toes.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mickill View Post
bear rape.
Have Faith

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-12-2005, 08:23 PM
dave790 dave790 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,738
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Fair point.



Quote:
DIAMOND: He wishes he could be here right now. So do we.

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-13-2005, 10:30 AM
midzi's Avatar
midzi midzi is offline
.
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2,274
Default Re: SGH Reviews

While some listeners may find the non-chronological order kind of frustrating, these songs sound good in pretty much any running order, so this winds up as a thoroughly entertaining listen.

Since when are the tracks on 'best of' collections arranged in chronological order?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-13-2005, 10:37 AM
dave790 dave790 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,738
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by midzi
While some listeners may find the non-chronological order kind of frustrating, these songs sound good in pretty much any running order, so this winds up as a thoroughly entertaining listen.

Since when are the tracks on 'best of' collections arranged in chronological order?
Some are, some aren't. Either way, its a silly point to make (by the reviewer), as he manages to contradict his theory in a matter of words.



Quote:
DIAMOND: He wishes he could be here right now. So do we.

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-13-2005, 12:51 PM
Lipper Lipper is offline
Check the footnotes y'all
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 96
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deep_Sea_Rain
The reviewer is an idiot.

Any person can see the Beasties are fresh out of their teens when the cover shot was taken. Poorly researched article....

not to mention, on the inside cover it says Josh Cheuse took the photo in 1984.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-13-2005, 03:55 PM
roosta's Avatar
roosta roosta is offline
How It Is
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Oirland
Posts: 7,631
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Angus Batey is not an idiot, he made a mistake



"Try to keep clear of that hate and spite
So I keep my mind still like the still of night"

Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 11-14-2005, 03:42 AM
discopants discopants is offline
Milk, two sugars.
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Oldham in Lancashire
Posts: 1,400
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deep_Sea_Rain
The reviewer is an idiot.

Any person can see the Beasties are fresh out of their teens when the cover shot was taken. Poorly researched article....

Not necessarily, it's doubtful he saw the picture and thought it was recent. He probably just meant to say that they picked a picyure of them dressed like twats.

Quote:
Since when are the tracks on 'best of' collections arranged in chronological order?
It's a mix. New Order International and Inspiral Carpets Greatest Hits are.



Gary Kelly's Disco Pants are the best,
They go right from his feet to his arse are the best.
They're better than Adam and the Ants,
Gary Kelly's Disco Pants.


http://www.sporting-heroes.net/football-heroes/displayhero_club.asp?HeroID=5832

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11-16-2005, 10:10 AM
YoungRemy's Avatar
YoungRemy YoungRemy is offline
NYC Brouhaha Division
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 5,711
Default Re: SGH Reviews

IGN Review- Not So Solid
Miramanee gets a shoutout...

Quote:
Beastie Boys - Solid Gold Hits
A far from essential collection of b-boy sonic bouillabaisse.
by Spence D.

November 14, 2005 - Let's face it; Greatest Hits/Best Of packages are the new album. They are quickly replacing that other lame gap stop The Remix Album (or the Screwed and Chopped album depending on your genre). It used to be that a musical group had to have at least 10 albums in their back catalog before they could even consider a Greatest Hits collection or a live album (the third form of tide-the-fans-over-until-the-band-can-write-some-new-music-type of album). These days pop stars drop two albums of original material, then push out a Greatest Hits collection that is usually comprised of their radio hits, a few remixes, a song or two culled from a soundtrack, and the obligatory "brand new/previously unreleased" songs to spur the purchase of an otherwise pointless collection.



This holiday season alone everyone from The Roots to Eminem and Limp Bizkit is dropping a Greatest Hits collection. Which makes The Beastie Boys' latest offering, Solid Gold Hits, all the more strange. MCA, Adrock, and Mike D. are generally regarded as taking the high road, being in possession of a certain amount of musical and socio-political integrity when it comes to their music. Yet for some unknown reason they saw fit to drop a 15-song Greatest Hits package right around the holidays. On the surface it might seem like a sweet deal for the fans, but when you consider that in 1999 they dropped the pretty damn seminal Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science, a massive 42-track collection, then a 15-song single CD seems kind of anticlimactic.

Additionally anticlimactic is the fact that Solid Gold Hits is pretty much all you get. The packaging for this collection is a supreme let down. The front cover alone promises greatness inside, but beyond one additional inside front cover classic old New School picture of the boys (props to MCA for rocking a Marker ski binding cap and to Mike D. for showcasing the VW emblem from the pre-bling days of hip-hop fashion) there's nothing else included. No liner notes, nothing. The packaging is the barest boned design since green-minded packagers tried to force the recyclable digi-pak on the market. For a Greatest Hits collection the fan deserves at least a nice little photo booklet detailing the various periods of the band's career or some kind of pithy liner notes written by one of the Boys' moms or something. Here you get the CD and that's that.

Since the CD is the main attraction, does it give you what'cha want or does it put shame in the game? Long story short, if you own every single Beastie Boys release, including the aforementioned The Sounds of Science, then Solid Gold Hits is the farthest thing from being essential. In fact, unless you're oblivious to the Beastie Boys' spot in pop music history, there's really not much of a reason to purchase this disc. Now don't get me wrong, it's not to say that the disc is worthless, it's just not a must-have item for the serious Beastie Boy apostle (unless of course you're an obsessive-compulsive completist).

The bottom-line is that this is a by-the-books, paint-by-numbers, basic-as-basic-gets Greatest Hits/Best Of collection. The Beastie Boys deserve a minor nod of approval for actually including songs from each of their six studio albums (too many Greatest Hits packages don't do this). So, for those concerned with tallies, it goes something like this: License To Ill racks up 3 songs; Paul's Boutique garners 2; Check Your Head scores 2; Ill Communication bags 3; Hello Nasty logs in with 2; To The 5 Boroughs snags 3. One question: where the hell are "Shadrach," "Lookin' Down The Barrel Of A Gun," and "Get It Together"!?!?

They also deserve an equally minor nod of disapproval for not arranging the album in chronological order, though. Out the gate they bounce from 1992's Check Your Head (with "So What'cha Want") to 1986 ("Brass Monkey" from their debut License to Ill) and then to 2004 (for To The 5 Boroughs' "Ch-Check It Out"). The rest of the album follows this timeline hopscotch by pinging all over the group's decade-plus career, with the uber small exception of tracks 4-through-6 which actually floats from 1986 to 1989 to 1992.



Realizing that some could care less about having a Greatest Hits package run in chronological order, then this is a pretty solid "mix CD" of The Beastie's hits. "So What'cha Want" is a pretty solid burner to kick the disc off with and segueing it into "Brass Monkey" is pretty sweet (so in retrospect perhaps not having the disc in chronological order ain't such a bad thing after all). One thing, however, the B-Boys should have continuously mixed this joint so that it truly was a "mix" of their greatest hits. That would have made for a better listening experience and one that tied more closely into their pause tape origins.

Perhaps the coolest thing about Solid Gold Hits is the cover blurb which bold exclaims: "15 Solid Gold Hits Digitally Remastered. Guaranteed to put the nuts in your fruitcake this holiday season!" Whoever came up with that juicy little nugget deserves serious props. In the end, sadly, if you already own all six of the Beastie's studio albums and you have a multi-disc CD player (or an iPod), then you can craft your own, invariably extensive Greatest Hits/Best Of collection in the safety of your own home and save your dough for somebody else's Greatest Hits collection (or at the very least a down payment on some fresh threads from Paul's Boutique. Just don't forget to ask for Janice).

As for the DVD, well that's another story, sort of. If you already own the Criterion Collection, then it's a rather moot point, to a certain extent. Granted this DVD, which contains the videos for all 15 songs, has some overlap, there's also a few tracks that aren't on the Criterion edition ("Brass Monkey", "Ch-check it out", "No Sleep till Brooklyn", "An Open letter to NYC", "Fight for your Right" and "Triple trouble"), so to a certain degree it's pretty damn essential after all.



Long Burn The Fire. Rest In Peace Adam.

Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 11-16-2005, 12:42 PM
minorthreat minorthreat is offline
The Maestro
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: England
Posts: 243
Default Re: SGH Reviews

that's quite a cool review



My Music

MYSPACE Music

Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-16-2005, 12:58 PM
YoungRemy's Avatar
YoungRemy YoungRemy is offline
NYC Brouhaha Division
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 5,711
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Solid Gold Hits debuts at Number 42 on Billboard Top 200

posted 2 hours ago

Quote:
...Other big debuts include Wisin & Yandel's "Pa'l Mundo" (Machete, No. 30), Young Buck's "T.I.P." (John Galt, No. 40), Beastie Boys' "Solid Gold Hits" (Capitol, No. 42), Limp Bizkit's "Greatest Hitz" (Flip/Geffen, No. 47) and Kate Bush's "Aerial" (Columbia, No. 48).



Long Burn The Fire. Rest In Peace Adam.

Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-16-2005, 04:14 PM
dave790 dave790 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,738
Default Re: SGH Reviews

[/url]



Quote:
DIAMOND: He wishes he could be here right now. So do we.

Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 11-17-2005, 02:44 AM
Deep_Sea_Rain's Avatar
Deep_Sea_Rain Deep_Sea_Rain is offline
Pocho
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Cydonia, Mars
Posts: 2,583
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by YoungRemy
Miramanee gets a shoutout...
How did Miramanee get a shoutout? Did he/she come up with the nuts slogan?

Anyway, here's the Rolling Stone review, I was surprised, usually RS shows the Boys a little more love...

"Beastie Boys Solid Gold Hits (Capitol)

"Fight for Your Right" and "Intergalactic" are here, but no rarities and no new joints. So aside from the superdope vintage cover photo, there's little to recommend this collection to anybody beyond the complete Beasties beginner. If you really want an alternative to owning their albums, get 1999's The Sounds of Science anthology, or better yet go to beastieboys.com, download the plethora of free a cappella tracks and get to work on your own remixes. (PETER RELIC, BRIAN HIATT)"



Quote:
Originally Posted by Lo_Lyfe
yo i fukked a girl wit hooves mayne the other night. like no fingers an toes.
Quote:
Originally Posted by mickill View Post
bear rape.
Have Faith

Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 11-17-2005, 12:58 PM
canucklehead200 canucklehead200 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,078
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Quote:
Originally Posted by Deep_Sea_Rain
The reviewer is an idiot.

Any person can see the Beasties are fresh out of their teens when the cover shot was taken. Poorly researched article....

you're joking right??? i thought that was a recent pic :S...and yes it does look absolutely ridiculous to the point of laughter



Adrock at the end of the 2$ Bill Concert:
"Peace Las Vegas!"
MCA: "Mr. Spock y'all!"
:D

Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 11-17-2005, 11:16 PM
Kid Presentable's Avatar
Kid Presentable Kid Presentable is offline
Current Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 16,894
Default Re: SGH Reviews

I'm going to get in trouble for saying this; but The Beastie Boys got a KKK rating.



Shout at the Devil!

Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 12-30-2005, 06:15 PM
TAL's Avatar
TAL TAL is offline
hip!
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Home
Posts: 9,286
Default Q Magazine, January 2006




well, that's just awesome then

Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 01-01-2006, 09:17 AM
dave790 dave790 is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,738
Default Re: SGH Reviews

Great picture



Quote:
DIAMOND: He wishes he could be here right now. So do we.

Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2012 Beastie Boys