Despite only twelve tracks, it was a great start, but hardly scratched the surface as there were hundreds of other samples that needed to be sourced and tracked down. In 1998, the internet was becoming more robust and though various boards and fan sites, I was able to start compiling a list of all the samples that were used on a per-album basis. By this point, I had only tracked down a handful of records, CDs, and tapes, but it wasn't long before I was trading digital tracks with like minded sample-nerds that I had met online. Then, in 2005, I released the prototype of what would become the Beastie Boys Sample Source Collection. With less than seventy tracks, it definitely needed some serious work, and to make things worse, the quality of the tracks that I had personally ripped from vinyl or cassette were less than stellar, in most cases, around 128kbps. Likewise, many the digital tracks which I had acquired online were just as bad, if not worse ranging in quality from mediocre to piss poor. From that point forward, I made quality a much higher priority and implemented a more efficient process for ripping vinyl/cassettes (better cartridges, better deck, better software, and interface). I also made it a point to only trade/acquire high quality audio and fully avoid the dreaded web-rips which were usually around 64 to 96kbps. Thanks to Soulseek, Discogs, eBay, and a bunch of really cool cats that I've met over time, the project continued to move forward and it wasn't long before all of the ducks were in a row and it was time to release the beast(ie)! In 2007, I posted the first official version of the compilation, and continued to make updates throughout the next few years as additional samples were sourced and found.
If you've downloaded this collection prior to December 1st, 2014, it should be deleted immediately, and replaced with this version as the quality and content has increased tenfold. As it stands, it's 286 full-length tracks which equates to just over 22 hours worth of amazing music which was sampled by the Beastie Boys from Licensed to Ill up until To The 5 Boroughs. If you're a stickler for quality, you'll be happy to know that all of the tracks are encoded between 256kbps and 320kbps, with a hefty majority being the latter.
At the present time, the files are being hosted via MEGA, Uploadable, and Uploaded, but I will try to add more mirrors as time passes. As is always the case, I strongly suggest grabbing these as quickly as possible because I don't foresee them being available very long. If anybody experiences any difficulty downloading from any of these hosting sites or if the links are dead, please contact me via email and I will directly link you with the files.
MEGA (1 x 2.84gb)
Uploadable (6 x 495mb)
Uploaded (6 x 495mb)
Please note that that Uploadable and Uploaded links are interchangable!
The complete track listing: