The latest installment of this summer's deluxe remastered Beastie Boys
series has been confirmed: Ill Communication
will get the multi-format reissue treatment on July 14 on Capitol Records. Beastieboys.com
will be taking preorders as of July 6 for versions ranging from a digital download of the full album and bonus b-sides/rarities disc to an ultra-deluxe 3 LP 180HQ vinyl version packaged with a lenticular hardcover coffee table book case and limited to 1500 copies.
Debuting at #1 upon its May 1994 release, Beastie Boys' fourth album would quickly become an unstoppable force of nature, pervading every aspect of pop culture and public consciousness. Its charge to the top of the charts was led by "Sabotage" and its legendary Spike Jonze
/Nathanial Hornblower helmed tribute to '70s TV police dramas, as Rolling Stone dubbed "Ill Communication" 1994's "soundtrack for summer."
Crowds and critics alike were equally and instantly floored by hip hop highlights like the opening "Sure Shot," the classic Jimmy Smith
homage "Root Down" and the Q-Tip
collaboration "Get It Together," as a VIBE (RIP) cover story--the magazine's first on a white artist--hailed Beastie Boys as "perhaps the most consistently innovative musicians to emerge out of hip hop." It was a claim that "Ill Communication" would justify for years to come, as everything from the household name hits to instrumental favorites "Sabrosa" and "Ricky's Theme" to hardcore punk workouts "Tough Guy" and "Heart Attack Man" remain B Boys staples to this day. And back then as now, "Ill Communication's" impact and momentum showed no signs of abating.1995 saw Beastie Boys instantly sell out the Quadrophonic Joystick Tour, marking the band's return to arena-headlining status. They continued to circle the globe as the record went multi-platinum, finally taking a break after the historic first Tibetan Freedom Concert drew 100,000 attendees over two days at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in June 1996.
Image © Janet Mayer / Photorazzi
The full list of "Ill Communication" deluxe remastered configurations is as follows:
Digital Download (album and b-sides)
Deluxe Digital Download (album, b-sides, videos, video director commentary)
Deluxe, limited collector's vinyl + Digital Download
Standard double vinyl + Digital Download
Ecopack double CD + Digital Download
-Digital + shirt:
-Standard Vinyl + shirt:
-CD + shirt:
-Deluxe, limited collector's vinyl + shirt
The full track list:
B-Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak
Bobo on the Corner
Get It Together
Alright Hear This
Heart Attack Man
Root Down (Free Zone Mix) (Remixed By The Prunes)
Get It Together (Buck-Wild Remix)
Dope Little Song
Sure Shot (European B-Boy Mix) (Remixed by the Prunes)
Heart Attack Man (Unplugged) (Previously Unreleased)
Atwater Basketball Association File No.172-C
Heart Attack Man (Live)
The Maestro (Live)
Sure Shot (European B-Boy Instrumental) (Remixed By The Prunes)
The retail release date of all physical editions other than the 3xLP version will be July 14. The ultra deluxe will be released shortly thereafter.
Beastie Boys' all new "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1" will be released September 15.