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In celebration of the Beastie Boys' 24th anniversary, Capitol Records has decided to pay tribute to one their best bands with a greatest hits record tilted Solid Gold Hits. This 15-track CD features 'No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn', 'Fight For Your Right', 'Shake Your Rump', 'So What'cha Want', 'Sabotage', 'Ch-Check It Out', 'An Open Letter To NYC' and 'Triple Trouble'. All but five tracks on the new collection were on the previous compilation, with four songs from last year's To The 5 Boroughs making the cut alongside a Fatboy Slim remix of 'Body Movin'. Includes a DVD with corresponding videos and more. Capitol. 2005.
Uncut (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 - "SOLID GOLD HITS leaves you with the impression that the Beasties were one of the great singles bands of their generation: nutty, fun, and a bit bizarre."
Beastie Boys: MCA, Ad Rock, Mike D (rap vocals); DJ Hurricane (turntables).
The only collection to span the Beastie Boys' career from 1986 to 2004, SOLID GOLD HITS features songs from each of the New York City rap/rock trio's first six studio albums. Arranged in non-chronological order, this 15-track disc focuses on the pioneering group's most popular tunes, ranging from the infamous anthem "Fight for Your Right" to the ominous, organ-heavy "So What'cha Want" and the thoughtful hometown tribute "An Open Letter to NYC." Somewhat bafflingly, the Beasties' most rewarding records--PAUL'S BOUTIQUE (1989) and CHECK YOUR HEAD (1992)--are represented by only two tracks each, but this is likely due to the cohesive yet eclectic nature of those discs, which concentrate more on overall mood rather than on catchy singles. Hardcore B-Boys fans will lament the absence of classics such as "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun," "Gratitude," and "Stand Together," but this 2005 compilation, as the title states, is geared toward the hits, and thus functions as a concise, party-ready sampler of the Beasties' groundbreaking and energetic brand of hip-hop.
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