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Back Tracks: The Beastie Boys

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With the heartbreaking news of the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch of The Beastie Boys, who’d been battling cancer for several years, we invite you to enjoy this Back Tracks special from October 27, 2010, in which we revisited the band’s discography and its reissues.

The slightly bizarre news that The Beastie Boys’ upcoming album Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2, slated for release this coming spring, will feature virtually every track recorded for the delayed Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 is classic Beastie Boys. It’s a specifically off-kilter announcement that reflects the humor we’ve come to expect from the Brooklyn rap trio over the past quarter-century.

Naturally, news of a new album warrants a rediscovery of the band. Adam “MCA” Yauch, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Ad-rock” Horovitz have been rhymin’ and stealin’ since the mid-’80s, after a brief stint as a hardcore punk outfit. Their fanbase has extended from urban white boys, to suburban white boys to anyone with a good appreciation for rap-rock stylings.

After the jump, take a look at the many releases, reissues and compilations of The Beastie Boys. It’ll sound so soothin’, we promise. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

May 4, 2012 at 13:14

Ram On: Paul McCartney Archive Collection’s “Ram” Coming In May [UPDATED WITH FULL TRACK LISTING AND DETAILS]

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We’re gonna keep this one short and sweet, dear boys and long-haired ladies.  Yes, the oft-rumored Paul McCartney Archive Collection of Paul and Linda McCartney’s 1971 album Ram is very close to becoming a reality.  On March 22, it was officially announced that Ram will be reissued in multiple formats on May 22.  But one of those formats will be a bit surprising to collectors of previous Archive Collection titles.  It appears that Ram will not follow the hardcover book format of those past releases, but rather be housed in a newly-designed box.  We’ve got a video unboxing for you and a photo of the new set, courtesy of Amazon.com, below.

As many of our favorite record labels revealed the goodies up for grabs this year on Record Store Day – Saturday, April 21 – one tidbit stood out from the rest for Beatlemaniacs and Maccafans.  One of our favorite haunts, New Jersey’s indispensable Vintage Vinyl Records, is among the retailers to have announced the release of a RSD-exclusive vinyl replica single of McCartney’s “Another Day” b/w “Oh Woman, Oh Why.”

“Another Day,” the first single of Paul McCartney’s solo career, was originally recorded in 1970 during the sessions for Ram. It was paired with “Oh Woman, Oh Why” as its B-side, and upon its February 19, 1971 release, the single reportedly sold over a million copies worldwide.  It was an international Top 5 smash, hitting pole position in France and Australia, No. 2 in the U.K. and No. 5 in America.  The official information for the single indicated that “this exclusive reissue single is taken from the forthcoming Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of Ram coming this spring!”  Neither track is actually on the Ram album, but we now know that both songs will be present in the supplemental material!  The deluxe Ram will follow similar Archive editions of McCartney, McCartney II and Band on the Run.

Introducing the new Archive Editions, McCartney stated, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. This is an album that is part of my history…it goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was formed. It’s an album called Ram. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which was created. I hope you’re going to like it, because I do!”  The centerpiece of the reissue campaign is, of course, the 4-CD/1-DVD edition, with all contents enclosed within a 112-page hardcover book.  Ram will also be offered as a single-CD remaster, a 2-CD deluxe edition, 2-LP vinyl edition, 1-LP mono vinyl edition and digitally.  Whew!

Hit the jump for the full specs involving Uncle Albert, Admiral Halsey and my personal favorite, Percy “Thrills” Thrillington, plus a link to the unboxing! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

May 4, 2012 at 11:27