Name = Paul's Boutique
July 25, 1989
Recorded = 1988–1989
Los Angeles, California)
The Opium Den
The Record Plant
New York, New York)
Alternative hip hop
Length = 53:03
Label = Capitol
Dust Brothers Mario Caldato Jr.
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Last album = "
Licensed to Ill"
This album = "Paul's Boutique"
Next album = "
Check Your Head"
"Paul's Boutique" is the second
studio albumby hip hop group Beastie Boys, released July 25, 1989on Capitol Records. Featuring production by the Dust Brothers, recording sessions for the album took place at Mario G's Studio in Los Angelesand The Opium Den in Brooklyn, New Yorkfrom 1988 to 1989, after which the recordings underwent audio mixingat the Manhattan-based Record Plant Studios.
"Paul's Boutique" was initially considered a commercial failure by the executives at Capitol Records, as its sales did not match that of the group's previous record, and the label eventually decided to stop promoting the album. Despite this, however, it gained a cult following in the years following its release and became known as their artistic breakthrough. Highly varied lyrically and sonically, "Paul's Boutique" secured the Beastie Boys's place as critical favorites in the nascent field of popular hip hop and has been recognized by many as the group's
magnum opus. [ [http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGIH_enUS281US281&q=Paul%27s+Boutique+opus Paul's Boutique opus - Google Search] ] The album's rankings near the top of many publications' "best albums" lists in disparate genres has given "Paul's Boutique" critical recognition as a landmark album in hip hop. [http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/A759.htm Acclaimed Music - Paul's Boutique] ] RS500|156cite web |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6599020/156_pauls_boutique |title=156) Paul's Boutique : Rolling Stone |publisher=Rolling Stone |accessdate=2008-08-25] On January 27, 1999, "Paul's Boutique" was certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS RIAA Searchable Database - Beastie Boys] . Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2008- 08-26.]
one-hit wonders and estranged from their original producer, Rick Rubin, and record label, Def Jam, the Beastie Boys were in self-imposed exile in Los Angelesduring early 1988 and were written off by most music critics before even beginning to record their second studio album, "Paul's Boutique". Following the commercial success of " Licensed to Ill", the Beastie Boys were focusing on making an album with more creative depth and less commercial material. The group's previous album had been enormously popular and received critical acclaim among both mainstream and hip hop music critics, although its simple, heavy beats and comically juvenile lyrics led it to be labeled as " frat rap". Recorded for Capitol Records, "Paul's Boutique" was produced by the Dust Brothers, whose extensive, innovative use of sampling helped establish the practice of multi-layered sampling as an art in itself. While the Dust Brothers were set on making a hit record, they agreed with the group on producing a more experimental and sonically-different record. In total, 105 songs were sampled on the album, including 24 individual samples on the last track, alone. The backing tracks were allegedly produced with the intention of being released under the production team's name, but the Beastie Boys convinced the duo to use their prospective debut studio album, "Licensed to Ill", as the basis for their sophomore effort. The sampling for "Paul's Boutique" was uncleared, which was only possible during before Grand Upright Music, Ltd. v. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., the landmark lawsuitagainst Biz Markieby Gilbert O'Sullivan, which changed the process and future of hip hop sampling.
All of the songs for "Paul's Boutique" were recorded at Mario G's Studio in Los Angeles, [ [http://www.discogs.com/release/1405831 Discogs.com - Paul's Boutique (1989 LP)] ] with the exception of "
Hello Brooklyn". The fifth part to the album's finale suite " B-Boy Bouillabaisse", the song was recorded at the apartment building of Beastie Boy-member Adam Yauch, aka MCA, in Brooklyn, New York. The location of recording was credited in the album liner notesas The Opium Den. [http://books.google.com/books?id=zou4D6wYjwkC&pg=PA106&vq=opium+den&dq=chuck+d+paul's+boutique&source=gbs_search_s&sig=ACfU3U12bmzbX8clAeG1Kn5mlg8X5icnnA#PPA106,M1 Google Book Search: Paul's Boutique.... - pp. 100-106] ] The recordings for "Paul's Boutique" were later mixed by Mario Caldato, Jr.at Record Plant Studiosin New York City.
The album cover folds out to show an (almost) 360°
panoramicview as seen from the corner of the Ludlow and Rivington streets. As can be seen by the keen eye in the cover and album sleeve art, the address that is supposed to be 'Paul's Boutique' (but can clearly be identified as Lee's Sportswear by the top sign) is on 99 Rivington Street, where Rivington intersects Ludlow in Manhattan's Lower East Side[http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=99+Rivington+St&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=25.897616,82.265625&ie=UTF8&ll=40.720024,-73.988234&spn=0.000927,0.002511&t=h&z=19&om=1 (see street view of intersection)] . The "Paul's Boutique" awning sign was hung on the building specifically for the cover photo shoot. Until early 2007, the building contained an eatery inside named 'Paul's Boutique' in honor of the album. It has been renamed as 'Three Monkeys' and a new bar was opened across the street, called 'Spitzer's Corner'.
Upon initial release, "Paul's Boutique" was alienated commercially for its experimental and dense sampling and lyricism, in contrast to the Beastie Boys's previous album, "Licensed to Ill". [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=Apr1m964o3ep6 allmusic - Album Overview] ] Music critic David Handelman called the record a "rap opera." While major music publications such as "
Rolling Stone" favored the album's unique name-droppinglyrics and the album peaked at #14 on the Pop Albums chart, "Paul's Boutique" did not equal its predecessor's commercial success with hip hop fans, as it only peaked at #24 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albumschart. [ [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0pfwxqy5ldse~T30 allmusic - Album & singles charts] ] The album received a gold certification by the RIAAon September 22of its release year. "Paul's Boutique" would go on to sell over 2 million copies by 1999. In retrospect, the album has also gone on to receive much critical acclaim and has been recognized as a landmark album in hip hop. In a review of the album for Allmusic.com, contributor Stephen Thomas Erlewinesummed the initial reaction to "Paul's Boutique" and praised the density that the album contains:
Later in a "VIBE" interview of all three Beastie Boys,
Chuck Dof Public Enemy was quoted as saying that the "dirty secret" among the black hip-hop community at the time of release was that "Paul's Boutique had the best beats." [ [http://www.twelvebar.com/astorytotell/2007/01/shake-shake-shake-shake-your-boutique.html Twelve Bar - A Story To Tell: Shake, Shake, Shake. Shake your Boutique] ] During the same "VIBE" interview, Mike Dwas asked about any possible hesitation he or the band might have had regarding their overt "sampling" of several minutes of well-known Beatles background tracks, including the song " Back in the USSR" on " The Sounds of Science". He claimed that the Beatlesfiled preliminary legal papers, and that his response was "What's cooler than getting sued by the Beatles?" [ [http://www.beastiemania.com/songspotlight/show.php?s=soundsofscience BeastieMania.com - Song Spotlight] ]
Awards and accolades
List of the album's rankings and listings on selected publications and top album lists: [ [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/36736-top-100-albums-of-the-1980s The list at Pitchfork Media] ] [ [http://rateyourmusic.com/list/tha_flu/chris_rocks_top_25_hip_hop_albums Chris Rock's 25 Hip Hop Albums] ] [ [http://www.time.com/time/2006/100albums/index.html "TIME.com" - The All-TIME 100 Albums] ]
*Ranked #37 on "Blender's" "The 100 Greatest American Albums of All Time"
*Ranked #2 on "
Ego Trip" 's "Hip Hop's 25 Greatest Albums by Year (1980-1998)"
*Ranked #156 on "
Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time"
*Ranked #12 on "Spin's" "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005"
*Ranked #74 on VH1's "Top 100 Albums"
*Ranked #98 on "Q's" "Q Magazine Readers' 100 Greatest Albums Ever"
*Ranked #3 on
Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s"
*Ranked #8 on
Chris Rock's list of the "Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums"
*Selected as one of "Rolling Stone" magazine's "The Essential 200 Rock Records"
*Selected as one of The Source magazine's "100 Best Rap Albums"
*Selected as one of "
TIME" magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of All TIME".
"All songs written by the Beastie Boys and the Dust Brothers." [ [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/index.jsp?pid=1007&aid=351135 Billboard.com - Discography - Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique] ]
To All the Girls" – 1:29
Shake Your Rump" – 3:19
Johnny Ryall" – 3:00
Egg Man" – 2:57
# "High Plains Drifter" – 4:13
# "The Sounds of Science" – 3:11
3-Minute Rule" – 3:39
Hey Ladies" – 3:47
5-Piece Chicken Dinner" – 0:23
Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun" – 3:28
Car Thief" – 3:39
What Comes Around" – 3:07
# "Shadrach" – 4:07
Ask for Janice" – 0:11
B-Boy Bouillabaisse" – 12:33
59 Chrystie Street"
Get on the Mic"
Stop That Train"
Year and a Day"
Lay It on Me"
Mike on the Mic"
"Japanese CD release bonus cuts." [ [http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000005JUQ Info about the Japanese release on Amazon Japan] ]
# "33% God"
# "Dis Yourself In '89 (Just Do It)
Beastie Boys- Producer
*Allen Abrahamson - Assistant Engineer
*Mario Caldato, Jr. - Producer, Engineer
*Mike Simpson - Ensemble
The Dust Brothers- Producer
*Matt Dike - Ensemble
*Ricky Powel - Photography
*Jeremy Shatan - Photography
*Nathaniel Hörnblower - Photography
*Dominick Watkins - Photography
The following lists all 105 songs and sounds sampled for "Paul's Boutique". [ [http://www.the-breaks.com/search.php?term=Beastie+Boys&type=6 www.the-breaks.com, AKA The (Rap) Sample FAQ - Search: Beastie Boys] ]
;To All the Girls
*"Loran's Dance" by
;Shake Your Rump
* "That's the Joint" by
* "Cut the Cake" by
Average White Band
* "8th Wonder" by the
* "Jazzy Sensation" by
Good Times Bad Times" by Led Zeppelin
* "Dancing Room Only" by
* "Funky Snakefoot" by Alphonze Mouzon
* "Tell Me Something Good" by
* "Unity" by
James Brownand Afrika Bambaataa
* "Get the Funk Out Ma Face" -
* "6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock)", "Born to Love You", & "Yo Yo" by
* "Super Mellow", by
Paul Humphrey, Willie Bobo, Shelly Manne, & Louis Bellson
*"AJ Scratch" by
*"Mr. Big Stuff" by
One of These Days" by Pink Floyd
*"Momma Miss America" by
*"Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by
*"Military Cut (Scratch Mix)" by
DJ Grand Wizard Theodore
(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)", & "The New Style" by the Beastie Boys
*"Pump it Up" by
Cheech & Chong's Next Movie"
*"Jaws Theme" by
*"I'm Ready" by
*"Shower Theme" by
*"Drop it in the Slot" by
Tower of Power
*"Dance to the Music" by
Sly & the Family Stone
Bring the Noise" & "You're Gonna Get Yours" by Public Enemy
* The lyrics in the song's middle eight (starting with "We all dressed in black...") are interpolated from the Beastie Boys' earlier punk rock song "
Egg Raid On Mojo."
;High Plains Drifter
*"Those Shoes" by
*"Suzy Is a Headbanger" by
*"Your Momma Don't Dance" by
Loggins & Messina
*"Put Your Love (In My Tender Care)" by
The Fatback Band
;The Sounds of Science
*"Don't Sniff Coke" by
*"Walk from Regio's" by
*"My Philosophy" by
Boogie Down Productions
*"Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" by
Back in the USSR", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", " Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)", "The End", & " When I'm Sixty-Four" by The Beatles
*"Feel Good" by
*"Brave and Strong", & "Poet" by Sly & the Family Stone
Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet
*"Party Time" by Kurtis Blow
*"Holy Ghost" by the Bar-Kays
*"Shake Your Pants" by Cameo
*"Pumpin' It Up" by
P-Funk All Stars
Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
*"Machine Gun" by The Commodores
*"Jazzy Sensation" by Afrika Bambaataa
*"Change Le Beat/B-Side" by
Fab 5 Freddy
*"Come Let Me Love You" by Jeanette "Lady" Day
*"Heartbreaker", & "So Ruff, So Tuff" by
Zapp & Roger
*"Ain't It Funky Now", & "
Funky President" by James Brown
*"Hey DJ" by
Malcolm McLaren& the World Famous Supreme Team
*"High Powered Rap" by Disco Dave & the Force of the Five MC's (Crash Crew)
;5-Piece Chicken Dinner
*"Shuckin' the Corn" by
;Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
*"Time" by Pink Floyd
*"Mississippi Queen" by Mountain
*"Last Bongo in Belgium" by the
Incredible Bongo Band
*This track is the only track on the album to feature live instrumentation in the form of electric guitar played by Adam Horovitz, and bass played by Adam Yauch, as seen in the music video for this track.
*"Hurdy Gurdy Man" by
*"I'll Bet You" by
*"Drop the Bomb" by
*"Rien Ne Va Plus" by Funk Factory
;What Comes Around
*"Moby Dick" by
*"It's Hot Tonight" by
*"Put on Train" by
Gene Harris& The Three Sounds
*"Say What" by Trouble Funk
*"Catch A Groove" by
*"That's the Joint" by Funky 4+1
*"Do Your Dance" by Rose Royce
*"Never Let 'Em Say" by
Funky Drummer" by James Brown
*"Hot and Nasty" by
Black Oak Arkansas
*"Sugarhill Groove" by the Sugarhill Gang
*"Loose Booty" by Sly & the Family Stone
;Ask for Janice
*Ad from a Jamaican music show on a New York radio station
;59 Chrystie Street
*"Here We Go" (Live) by
*"Rocket in the Pocket" by
Buffalo Girls" by Malcolm McLaren
*"Burundi Black (Pt. 2)" by Burundi Black
*"Are You Experienced?" by
*"Change Le Beat/B-Side" by Fab 5 Freddy
*"My Philosophy" by Boogie Down Productions
;Get on the Mic;
*"At the Fever" by
;Stop That Train
*"Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty
*"Save the World" by
;Year and a Day
*"Ebony Jam" by Tower of Power
When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
That Lady, Pt. 1 & 2" by The Isley Brothers
*"High Powered Rap" by Disco Dave & the Force of the Five MC's (Crash Crew)
Breathe" by Pink Floyd
Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash
*"Into the Night" by Sweet
*"Hey Pocky A-Way" by
*"The Well's Gone Dry" by
;Lay It on Me
*"Let the Music Take Your Mind" by Kool & the Gang
;Mike on the Mic
Lloyd Lindsay Youngquote.
*"At the Fever" by Lovebug Starski
* [http://paulsboutique.info/ "Paul's Boutique" Samples and Reference List]
* [http://aol.musicnow.com/az/playlist.jhtml?id=1177221 "Paul's Boutique" Sample Vault Playlist on AOL Music Now]
* [http://beastieboysannotated.com/paul.htm Annotated lyrics to "Paul's Boutique"]
* [http://www.sklar.com/page/article/shadrach A Postmodern Analysis of Beastie Boys' "Shadrach"]
* [http://www.beastiemuseum.de/services/thepbc The "Paul's Boutique" Corner]
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