Beastie Boys Get Some More “Head”

 

Sorry about that
headline. Couldn’t resist.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

 

On April 7 the Beastie Boys’ third album Check Your Head will be the next
Beasties rec to receive the remastered expanded reissue treatment by Beastie
Boys and Capitol/EMI. Multiple configurations will be available, ranging from a
high quality DRM-free digital download of the album (including its numerous and
classic b-sides and bonus tracks) to an ultra-deluxe 4 LP 180HQ vinyl version
packaged in a fabric-wrapped hardcover coffee table book case and limited to
2000 copies. (The retail release date of all physical editions other than the
4xLP version will be April 7, with the ultra deluxe following close behind.)

 
The Check Your Head reissue news
coincides with the announcement today that Beastie Boys will headline the
Hollywood Bowl on September 24. Following an appearance at this summer’s
Bonnaroo festival and ongoing speculation regarding the band’s appearances at
various summer festivals, the Hollywood Bowl show is both the first headline show
in the run-up to a new Beastie Boys album due later this year, as well as the
first time Beastie Boys have ever headlined the Bowl.

  
Originally released in April 1992, Check
Your Head
was a milestone for Beastie Boys on multiple levels: It was the
first B Boys album to be produced in its entirety by Mario Caldato Jr. and to
feature keyboard player Money Mark, as well as the first to be recorded at the
band’s own G-Son studios in Atwater Village, CA. Check Your Head also marked the return of live instrumentation to
the forefront and backbone of the Beastie Boys sound, with the bulk of the
album featuring Mike D on drums, Adrock on guitar and MCA on bass for the first
time since the band’s early 1980s hardcore punk recordings.

 
On the strength of now-classic singles and videos “So What’cha Want,”
“Pass The Mic,” “Gratitude” and “Jimmy James” –all
of which are included in their original 12″ vinyl incarnations in the
ultra deluxe version– Check Your Head stormed the U.S. Top 10, ultimately returning Beastie Boys to hard-touring,
platinum-selling status, and setting the band up for the pop cultural dominance
it would achieve in the decade to come.

 
The full list of Check Your Head reissue configurations is as follows:

 
* Digital Download (album and b-sides)
 – Deluxe Digital Option (also includes videos and video commentary)
 * Deluxe, limited collector’s vinyl + Digital Download
 * Standard double vinyl + Digital Download
 * Ecopack double CD + Digital Download
 * Shirt combos:
 – Deluxe Digital + shirt:
             –
Standard Vinyl + shirt:
             – CD +
shirt:
             –
Deluxe, limited collector’s vinyl + shirt

 

 

 

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