The Beastie Boys' License to Reissue

The Beastie Boys' License to Reissue
Believe it or not, 2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Beastie Boys' seminal hip-hop classic Paul's Boutique, and to celebrate, the record is set to get a reissue makeover. On January 27, Paul's Boutique will be re-released as a new digitally remastered redux, with all three Beasties overseeing the 24-bit revival process, further reinforcing their influence on the world of hip-hop.

Due out via Capital on CD and 180-gram vinyl, the reissue will bring back the album's original vinyl artwork, which depicts the intersection at Rivington and Ludlow in New York City's Lower East Side, and includes a foldout poster inserted in the new fancied-up packaging. The release will also contain a free digital download for a track-by-track commentary by the band, with Mike D, Ad-Rock and MCA discussing the record, much like filmmakers do on DVD commentaries.

For a bit of a history lesson, Paul's Boutique originally hit shops back in the summer of 1989 and was the Beasties' second full-length effort. Despite many rave reviews, at the time the record was deemed a critical failure, only to become a cult classic later on and is now often recognized as one of the greatest hip-hop albums to ever grace a turntable. For many, the record was also the first taste of L.A.-based production duo the Dust Brothers, whose sample-heavy production tactics would later grace such albums as Beck's Odelay.

In other Beastie Boys news, the band are reportedly halfway through their new album, which is expected to drop sometime this spring.

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