Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Rolling Stone gave the Beastie Boys' "Paul's Boutique" a four-star review in 1989, saying the Beasties "reinvent the turntable and are here to stay."
All Music gives it five stars and says, "Lyrically, the Beasties have never been better -- not just because their jokes are razor-sharp, but because they construct full-bodied narratives and evocative portraits of characters and places. Few pop records offer this much to savor, and if "Paul's Boutique" only made a modest impact upon its initial release, over time its influence could be heard through pop and rap, yet no matter how its influence was felt, it stands alone as a record of stunning vision, maturity, and accomplishment. Plus, it's a hell of a lot of fun, no matter how many times you've heard it"
Many call it the greatest hip-hop record of all time. I agree. I like calling it the "Sgt. Pepper" of rap records.
If you are not a fan, I am not here to change your mind about the genre or the Beastie Boys. I've tried that in the past. I only wish that those who decry "Paul's Boutique" had listened to it first.
The video here is 14 minutes long. That's about 1/4 of the length of "Paul's Boutique." It shows every sample used in the making of this 80's masterpiece. If your argument remains that sampling is stealing, then I guess there is nothing to see or hear here. And actually, I'm not sure this is a good idea anyway. It's like trying to convince someone "The Godfather" is one of the greatest movies ever made by showing a 15 minute clip of highlights out of context.
"Paul's Boutique" never fails to blow me away. It is a miraculous work of art. The ability to create a cohesive patchwork of sound from hundreds of musical and vocal snippets is a monumental undertaking. If you are at all interested in "Paul's Boutique" after what I've just written, might I suggest giving the video above a spin. But then, please, if you cannot find it in your soul to play the album in its entirety, take a song or two that may have perked your ears up with the samples provided, for solo rides. Context is everything.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:03 AM