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Root Down
Beastie Boys
Root Down
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock
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Between the making of Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head, the Beastie Boys checked into a rehearsal space and relearned how to make an album. Their new technique involved lots of extended jamming and experimentation, both...  more »


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All Artists: Beastie Boys
Title: Root Down
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 13
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 5/23/1995
Release Date: 5/23/1995
Album Type: EP
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, Rock
Styles: East Coast, Old School, Experimental Rap, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724383360321, 758148001808, 724383360314

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Between the making of Paul's Boutique and Check Your Head, the Beastie Boys checked into a rehearsal space and relearned how to make an album. Their new technique involved lots of extended jamming and experimentation, both of which are evident on the two previously unreleased versions of "Root Down" (and either of which could have substituted for the original version with no loss of quality). The rest of this mini-album was recorded live in Europe and shows the Boys in fine form, rocking early tracks with a funky new flow ("Time to Get Ill") as well as showing that they could pull off both their back-to-punk guitar-rock and their new-groove funk sounds onstage. --Randy Silver

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This is one good album!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"HEY! YOU! YEAH YOU SITTING ON THE CHAIR, WONDERING WHAT CD TO ORDER! Four stars is WAY too little for THIS album! Root Down EP is one of the best albums out for God's sakes! If you are wondering wether to buy Root Down EP or LeAnn Rimes, well then THERE'S NO @$!% QUESTION ON WHAT YOU SHOULD BUY!! ROOT DOWN EP!!! Here are my song reviews1. Root Down (Free Zone Mix): A good mix of a good song, what can I say? 2. Root Down: The originial, one of my faves. 3. Root Down (PP Balloon Mix): Kind of sounds a little like Track One, but it's still awesome. 4. Time To Get Ill (Live): It's a really good track, but not as good as the album version. 5. Heart Attack Man (Live): Great great great! But the album version is better. 6. The Maestro (Live): A four star song on a five star album. 7. Sabrosa (Live): My least favorite on the album. It's instrumental and kind of boring. 8. Flute Loop (Live): Probably my favorite on the album. Flute Loop is one helluva song and the live version was also great. 9. Time For Livin (Live): Awwwwesome! I love B-Boy punk. 10. Something's Got To Give (Live): So-so. HIDDEN TRACK. So Watcha Want? (Isreal Version): It's a hidden track. After Track Ten ends, keep listening. At about 4:25 it starts. It's only about 30 seconds long, but good.So, 4 all of you out there wondering what CD you would want to purchase, THIS ALBUM IS IT!!!Thank you for your time."
Lot more than just Root Down- Awesome CD
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would have to agree with what someone else said about this being better for people who have already heard the album versions. That being said, it's a great album. In my opinion, the best track on here is the live version of "Time to Get ill". I love it- it's raw, fresh, and as close to gangster rap as any white guys can get (B-boys are way better than eminem). "Root Down" is one of my all-time fave B-Boy songs, and the remixes give it an extra kick (even though both of the mixes can be found on the DVD, if you heard them on there and liked it, you can listen to them in your cd player now). For those who actually like "Sabrosa", like me, this live version is great. It's got more wah's than, well....., let's just say Adrock doesn't take his foot off the pedal once- and it's still an awesome groove. For those who haven't seen B-boys live, they've got so much energy (especially Adrock) that isn't ever shown on their studio albums, and I think this album finally does it well. Hearing Adrock scream like a maniac really does something for you on the inside. Last thing- I've never been a huge fan of B-boy punk, but just listening to the live version of "Time for livin'" got me hooked."
Sabrosa man!!
A. Carpenter | Tampa, FL United States | 03/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a great album by the B-Boys!! This album gives you what no other Beastie Boy's album gave us-live tracks. Why the B-Boys never gave us an entire live album I will never understand. There is one too many root down versions, but it's all good I guess. The Sabrosa Man is just a sick glimpse of the jamming capabilities of the boys. A main reason for this is due to Eric Bobo, son of Willie Bobo, and his sick skills on the skins. This is a great album that does not get the credit it deserves."