Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science

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Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 23, 1999
GenreAlternative hip hop, hardcore punk, alternative rock
LabelGrand Royal
ProducerMario 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
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Entertainment WeeklyA+ link
Robert ChristgauA-[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars link
Sputnikmusic4/5 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.TitleOriginal sourceLength
1."Beastie Boys"Polly Wog Stew0:56
2."Slow and Low"Licensed to Ill3:38
3."Shake Your Rump"Paul's Boutique3:19
4."Gratitude"Check Your Head2:45
5."Skills to Pay the Bills""So What'cha Want" single3:13
6."Root Down"Ill Communication3:32
7."Believe Me"Aglio e Olio1:19
8."Sure Shot"Ill Communication3:20
9."Body Movin'" (Fatboy Slim Remix)"Body Movin'" single5:31
10."Boomin' Granny"Jimmy James single2:18
11."Fight for Your Right"Licensed to Ill3:27
12."Country Mike's Theme"Country Mike's Greatest Hits0:35
13."Pass the Mic"Check Your Head4:17
14."Something's Got to Give"Check Your Head3:28
15."Bodhisattva Vow"Ill Communication3:12
16."Sabrosa"Ill Communication3:31
17."Song for the Man"Hello Nasty3:11
18."Soba Violence"Aglio e Olio (Japanese)1:14
19."Alive"Previously unreleased3:48
20."Jimmy James" (Original Version)Jimmy James single3:05
21."Three MC's and One DJ" (Live Video Version)Remote Control / 3 MCs & 1 DJ single2:18
Disc Two
No.TitleOriginal AlbumLength
1."The Biz vs. the Nuge"Check Your Head0:33
2."Sabotage"Ill Communication2:59
3."Shadrach"Paul's Boutique4:10
4."Brass Monkey"Licensed to Ill2:37
5."Time for Livin'"Check Your Head1:48
6."Dub the Mic""Pass the Mic" single3:01
7."Benny and the Jets"Previously unreleased4:06
8."The Negotiation Limerick File"Hello Nasty2:52
9."I Want Some"Aglio e Olio2:00
10."She's on It"Krush Groove soundtrack4:18
11."Son of Neck Bone""Sure Shot" single3:19
12."Get It Together"Ill Communication4:06
13."Twenty Questions"Previously unreleased2:28
14."Remote Control"Hello Nasty2:59
15."Railroad Blues""Country Mike's Greatest Hits"2:38
16."Live Wire"Previously unreleased3:06
17."So What'cha Want"Check Your Head3:37
18."Netty's Girl""Pass the Mic" single3:00
19."Egg Raid on Mojo"Polly Wog Stew1:27
20."Hey Ladies"Paul's Boutique3:47
21."Intergalactic"Hello Nasty3:30
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]


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds of Science". Robert Christgau.
  2. ^ " - Discography".
  3. ^ " - Discography".
  4. ^ "Beastie Boys - Alive". Discogs.