Beastie Boys

Check Your Head - Remastered Vinyl Edition

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"Check Your Head" brought the Beastie Boys crashing back into the charts and into public consciousness on its original 1992 release. Following "Paul's Boutique", the Beasties had repositioned themselves as a lo-fi, alt-rock groove band. They had not abandoned rap, but it was no longer the foundation of their music, it was simply the most prominent in a thick pop-culture gumbo where old school rap sat comfortably with soul-jazz, hardcore punk, white-trash metal, arena rock, bossa nova, spacey pop, and hard, dirty funk. On "Check Your Head" turned toward primitive grooves they played themselves, augmented by keyboardist Money Mark and co-producer Mario Caldato Jr. Music was the message, and the rhymes, which had been pushed toward the forefront on both "Licensed To Ill" and "Paul's Boutique", have been considerably de-emphasized (only four songs - "Jimmy James," "Pass the Mic," "Finger Lickin' Good," and "So What'cha Want" - could hold their own lyrically among their previous work). The focus is on the music, mood, and even the newfound neo-hippie political consciousness. As much as "Paul's Boutique", this is a whirlwind tour through the Beasties' pop-culture obsessions, but instead of spinning into Technicolor fantasies, it's earth-bound DIY that makes it all seem equally accessible - which is a big reason why it turned out to be an alt-rock touchstone of the 90s, something that both set trends and predicted them.


Jimmy James 3:14
Funky Boss 1:35
Pass The Mic 4:17
Gratitude 2:45
Lighten Up 2:41
Finger Lickin' Good 3:39
So What'cha Want 3:37
The Biz Vs. The Nuge 0:33
Time For Livin' 1:48
Something's Gotta Give 3:28
The Blue Nun 0:32
Stand Together 2:47
Pow 2:13
The Maestro 2:52
Groove Holmes 2:33
Live At P.J.'s 3:18
Mark On The Bus 1:05
Professor Booty 4:13
In 3's 2:23
Namasté 4:01

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