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Paul's Boutique Samples and References List (fan site): http://paulsboutique.info/

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Paul’s Boutique CD 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 91743 2 077779174324
Paul’s Boutique CD 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CP32-5895 4988006634923
Paul’s Boutique CD 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.), EMI Music Canada C2 0777 7 91743 2 4, C2 91743 077779174324
Paul’s Boutique 12" Vinyl 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 7917431 077779174317
Paul’s Boutique CD 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP 7 91743 2 0077779174324
Paul’s Boutique (Columbia House club edition) CD 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) CDP-591743 0208313837286
Paul’s Boutique CD 15 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) D 102471
Paul’s Boutique CD 17 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) TOCP-6758 4988006660281
Paul’s Boutique CD 17 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-3030 4988006707719
Paul’s Boutique CD 17 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-50603 4988006753303
Paul’s Boutique 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 7 Grand Royal GR065 758148006513
Paul’s Boutique CD 17 東芝EMI 株式会社 (record company, do not use as release label - check obi, back or disc for imprint! Ended 2007-06-29) TOCP-53554 4988006832329
Paul's Boutique (20th anniversary remastered edition) Digital Media 23 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) [none]
Paul’s Boutique CD 23 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 693 3002 5099969330025
Paul’s Boutique Digital Media 23 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 5099969330056
Paul’s Boutique (20th anniversary edition) 12" Vinyl 15 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 5099969330018
Paul’s Boutique CD 23 Capitol Records (imprint of Capitol Records, Inc.) 93300 5099969330025
Bootleg
Paul’s Boutique Demos CD 11

Relationships

covers: Caught In The Middle of A 3-Way Mix by DJ Cheeba + DJ Moneyshot + DJ Food
part of: Rye Coalition's 10 Albums (number: 4)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 156)
Allmusic: https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000199269 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/20135 [info]
Wikidata: Q977418 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/beastie_boys/pauls_boutique/ [info]
reviews: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bq3n [info]

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Summer 1989, and hip hop is in rude health. Public Enemy are at their peak, and De La Soul are blazing a daisy age trail across the world. But amidst this, one of the bands that helped hip hop explode into the mainstream are keeping their heads down, about to release one of the greatest albums of the genre.

The Beastie Boys had, two years previously, roamed the world with an inflatable penis and were inspiring youths worldwide to dismantle Volkswagens. With the bratty rap-metal hybrid of their 86 debut Licensed to Ill, they'd shifted millions of units and opened the ears of white listeners to the world of rap like never before. Unfortunately it all got nasty, and in Britain at least the Beastie Boys had outstayed their welcome.

So when Paul's Boutique was released, it managed to slip in and out of the lower reaches of the domestic album chart mostly unnoticed. However, in the years that followed, it became a word-of-mouth treat. It allowed the Beasties to operate at their own speed, and by the time of 1994's Ill Communication, people were beginning to love them again.

This release celebrates the album's 20th anniversary, with an added commentary disc and a delight of options on their website. Extras aside, Paul's Boutique is still a sumptuous feast of rhyming and stealing other people's tunes; in The Sound Of Science alone they grab the new sample culture by the horns and sample three Beatles tunes. With the then very hot production team of The Dust Brothers aboard, nothing was off limits - country, funk, Bernard Herrmann scores, Chic, ping pong; all are fed into the mix. Nobody would even attempt to copy it, such was its audaciousness. Lyrically, Tibet was a few years off. Instead, here were tales of the Egg Man, Johnny Ryall and Shadrach; there were dedications To All the Girls in the sumptuous opener; and subsequently in Shake Your Rump and Hey Ladies too, two of their most funktastic moments.

It's interesting to wonder what would have happened had the Beasties carried on in brat mode. Would their influence on contemporary culture have been the same if Paul's Boutique hadn't happened? Most definitely not. To tire of this album is to tire of breathing. A genuine masterpiece.