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, hardcore punk, alternative rock
Length 124:10
Label Grand Royal
Producer Mario Caldato, Jr.
Beastie Boys chronology
Nasty Bits
(1998)Nasty Bits1998
Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science
To the 5 Boroughs
(2004)To the 5 Boroughs2004
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]