Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science

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Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science
Compilation album by Beastie Boys
Released November 23, 1999
Recorded 1982–1999
Genre Old school hip hop, alternative hip hop, golden age hip hop, hardcore punk, alternative rock
Length 124:10
Label Grand Royal
Producer Mario Caldato, Jr.
Beastie Boys chronology
Nasty Bits
Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science
To the 5 Boroughs
Singles from Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science
  1. "Alive"
    Released: February 23, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly A+ link
Robert Christgau A-[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars link

Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science is the first Beastie Boys anthology composed of greatest hits, B-sides, and previously unreleased tracks. The retail release comes with a tri-fold sleeve that displays the majority of the band's album covers, as well as a booklet of liner notes. The title of the anthology is from the song of the same name, featured on their second album, Paul's Boutique.

Customers could also purchase a custom version of the album from Grand Royal featuring the B-sides and rarities that they wanted through mail order.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Original album Length
1. "Beastie Boys" Polly Wog Stew 0:56
2. "Slow and Low" Licensed to Ill 3:38
3. "Shake Your Rump" Paul's Boutique 3:19
4. "Gratitude" Check Your Head 2:45
5. "Skills to Pay the Bills" "So What'cha Want" single 3:13
6. "Root Down" Ill Communication 3:32
7. "Believe Me" Aglio e Olio 1:19
8. "Sure Shot" Ill Communication 3:20
9. "Body Movin'" (Fatboy Slim Remix) "Body Movin'" single 5:31
10. "Boomin' Granny" "Jimmy James" single 2:18
11. "Fight for Your Right" Licensed to Ill 3:27
12. "Country Mike's Theme" Country Mike's Greatest Hits 0:35
13. "Pass the Mic" Check Your Head 4:17
14. "Something's Got to Give" Check Your Head 3:28
15. "Bodhisattva Vow" Ill Communication 3:12
16. "Sabrosa" Ill Communication 3:31
17. "Song for the Man" Hello Nasty 3:11
18. "Soba Violence" Aglio e Olio (Japanese) 1:14
19. "Alive" Previously unreleased 3:48
20. "Jimmy James" (Original Version) "Jimmy James" single 3:05
21. "Three MC's and One DJ" (Live Video Version) Hello Nasty 2:18
Disc Two
No. Title Original Album Length
1. "The Biz vs. the Nuge" Check Your Head 0:33
2. "Sabotage" Ill Communication 2:59
3. "Shadrach" Paul's Boutique 4:10
4. "Brass Monkey" Licensed to Ill 2:37
5. "Time for Livin'" Check Your Head 1:48
6. "Dub the Mic" "Pass the Mic" single 3:01
7. "Benny and the Jets" Previously unreleased 4:06
8. "The Negotiation Limerick File" Hello Nasty 2:52
9. "I Want Some" Aglio e Olio 2:00
10. "She's on It" Krush Groove soundtrack 4:18
11. "Son of Neck Bone" "Sure Shot" single 3:19
12. "Get It Together" Ill Communication 4:06
13. "Twenty Questions" Previously unreleased 2:28
14. "Remote Control" Hello Nasty 2:59
15. "Railroad Blues" Country Mike's Greatest Hits 2:38
16. "Live Wire" Previously unreleased 3:06
17. "So What'cha Want" Check Your Head 3:37
18. "Netty's Girl" "Pass the Mic" single 3:00
19. "Egg Raid on Mojo" Polly Wog Stew 1:27
20. "Hey Ladies" Paul's Boutique 3:47
21. "Intergalactic" Hello Nasty 3:30
22. "Big Shot (Live)" (Japan bonus track[3]) "Alive" single[4] 3:03

Omission of "Rock Hard"[edit]

The band wanted to include their first major-label single "Rock Hard", which had been out of print since 1985, on this compilation. However, the song was not included because it contained samples from the AC/DC song "Back in Black", which were used without permission. Their desire to include the song was thwarted when AC/DC refused to grant clearance for the sample to be used. Mike D spoke to AC/DC's Malcolm Young personally on the phone when their lawyers refused to clear the sample, to no avail.[citation needed]