Beastie Boys: The Series – The Mix-Up (2007)

This can be a short review:

Beasties. Full instrumental album. Fuckin’ A.

Want more? OK.

I love the Beasties’ instrumentals. They always fit the albums perfectly, whenever they appear. It shows them to be the talented musicians they are, and that they’re fearless and willing to let it all hang out. The beauty, of course, is that their fans accept and embrace it. Face it: We love this group.

And this record? Well, much like The In Sound From Way Out, it makes for a superb party mix. It’s full of instrumental greatness and exploration. It’s funky, it’s chunky and no way is it clunky. But you knew it would be. The difference, here, is that these are all original tunes written specifically for this album.

And how cool is that. Perhaps this was a make up for there not being any instrumentals on To The 5 Boroughs. I like that thought.

And, um…

So look, I tried to write more. I really did. And yet, as I learned yesterday from the comments for the Awesome I Fuckin’ Shot That! DVD review, brevity is still the soul of wit, and Levity is the sole of Cousin Itt (I still say it’s the comfortable shoes…).

Think of the Beasties getting their hands on that…

Brevity, y’know, is the soul of WIT
and Levity’s the sole of Cousin ITT…

and then they’d add something like…

This philosophy mirage make you blow your SHIT
Party people in the house couldn’t handle IT…

I smell a hit record.

Oh hell, why am I making up Beastie lyrics when I’m writing about an instrumental album?

Anyway, I also learned that I can generally sum things up fairly quickly if I’m of a mind to do it, so…

…if you don’t already own this, go buy it and you WILL fall in love. If you do have it already, well, you know of what I speak.

Thank you good night.

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Posted on June 13, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I don’t think I have even heard of this one.

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    • Ooooo I fully recommend it. Beastie JAMS!! Great chill-out tunes.

      Here, go check out the whole thing!

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      • Listening now. Thanks!

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      • Daddydinorawk

        Exactly what it is. Very nice late night chill out stuff. I like it more then their recent hip-hop, the last 3 albums haven’t done much for me, not as much as PB CYH and IC do. This more along the lines of what I mainly listen to now. Of course I’ve always dug what they have done with instruments and they are way more interesting than their more jammy counterparts such as Soullive, Galactic, etc.

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      • I think what shines through is that energy and “don’t give a fuck” that the Beasties just seemed to live and embrace. And it shows how they put a lot of other acts to shame, ‘cos they could really do it themselves, didn’t need a band to back them. What a great act. Dammit, this series is just deepening my love.

        Thanks for chming in, Daddydinorawk! I know their later albums don’t get the play or press the earlier stuff does, but I’m only one away from the finale and I haven’t heard a bad one yet. Give them time, those later records might speak to you yet, too!

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  2. Gravity? In the hole wit’ It 😀

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