Final Words: Beastie Boys Edition
Well here we are, the end of the Beasties output, as much of it as I currently own, anyway. First let me say I’m sad to see it go – I’ve loved listening to all of this Beastie goodness!
What did I learn from this series? Only the obvious – this group rules.
The series went pretty much as I expected. I have loved all of their records, in their own ways, many of them for a long time, now. Comments on the posts went pretty much as expected, with more love given to the first four records than any others, then Hello Nasty meeting some resistance, then the more recent records with fewer things to say because not as many people bought that stuff (It’s OK. I DID!). I would recommend to anyone still on the fence about the last three records to just go get them. They’re growers. And now there will only be so much Beasties out there, so you may as well have all the goodness!
One Thing I Did Find Weird: There’s no live album. Yes, there’s the Root Down EP, which has a few songs, and some of the singles probably had a track here or there. The DVD of the MSG show, but there’s been no official live album. For a band that was a superlative (by all reports) live act, this boggles me that the label (and the band) didn’t capitalize on this aspect more. Especially around the height, 1994 or so after Ill Communication came out. You’d think, eh? Well, maybe they held all that stuff back as a retirement fund, to be released in future? Here’s hoping!
Still To Get: I don’t have a complete collection here. I still need the Sounds Of Science Anthology, which has some tracks not easily available anywhere else, and the Beastie Boys Video Anthology, as well. I might skip the Solid Gold Hits collection, since I could make that CD myself anytime. If I saw it super-cheap I might go for it, just to have it. And, if I ever come across any of the other EPs or singles in my travels, I’ll snag those, too.
Now. I can’t leave this off without commenting briefly on the untimely passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch on May 4, 2012, of salivary gland cancer. For the group, this loss is incalculable. For the fans, the same. Too soon. Waaaay too soon. RIP, Adam.
In sum: Like I said above, I’m a fan. Have been for a long time, always will be. These guys did it their way and, more often than not, their way was so crazy good. Truly a one of a kind act. I love ‘em.
Thanks to everyone for chiming in on all of this Beastie beauty. We always appreciate comments, here on the KMA, and your participation brought new insight to the series! My thanks, also, to the voters in the poll for choosing this spectacular group.
Keep on makin’ with the freak-freak, folks!