What If the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique Was Deconstructed into Is Constituent Samples?

Paul’s Boutique turned 25 last week and because of its sample-heavy construction, such a record will never, ever be made again. Back then, sampling was the wild west with people poaching whatever they wanted from wherever they wanted.  Subsequent court rulings have made that sort of practice impossible.  To create an album similar to Paul’s Boutique today would cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars to clear all the samples.

Dangerous Minds points us to a remixed and reimagined version of Paul’s Boutique featuring the original samples, interviews from the era and comments from the band that came with the reissue of the album.  This took three DJs THREE YEARS to assemble.  It. Is. Awesome.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “What If the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique Was Deconstructed into Is Constituent Samples?

  • July 29, 2014 at 10:08 am
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    Alan, I found the Beastie Boys audio commentary .mp3s to be really informative about all of their older albums. It is worth the hunt and a great format we don’t see often.

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