In 1998, I began a quest (if you will) to source and track down every song that had ever been sampled by the Beastie Boys. I was inspired by the classic Ultimate Breaks and Beats records that I used to collect when I was younger as they introduced me to songs that I had only heard in sampled form, so hearing these tracks in their entirety opened my mind to a whole new musical experience. Back in 1991, a friend and I were cruising the old Fort Lauderdale strip and listening to the local classic rock radio station when they played a double shot of Led Zeppelin; When The Levee Breaks followed by The Ocean, and immediately, I recognized the drums from Rhymin' and Stealing and the guitar riff from She's Crafty. From that moment on, I paid keen attention to classic rock and funk songs looking for other bits and pieces that were sampled by the Beastie Boys. Sample credits within the liner notes were great starting points, but they hardly covered all of the bases, and since the internet was still in it's infancy, there weren't many viable resources to track down these samples, so a lot of my early research was done on bulletin boards and through word of mouth. Flash forward to 1996 when I discovered the white-label/bootleg pressing of the infamous B-Boy Breaks:
This filled several holes in my fledgling collection, however it hardly scratched the surface as there were hundreds (if not thousands) 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 and that's when it all started coming together. By this point, I had only tracked down a handful of records and tapes, but it wasn't long before I was trading digital tracks with like minded sample-nerds and finally in 2005, I released the prototype of what would become The Beastie Boys Sample Source Collection. In hindsight, it was a great start, but it definitely needed some work. The quality of the tracks that I had personally ripped from vinyl or cassette were less than stellar, and in most cases, around 128kbps and the digital tracks which I had acquired online were just as bad, if not worse. From that point forward, I made quality a higher priority and taught myself a more efficient process for ripping vinyl/cassettes. I also made it a point to only trade/acquire higher bit rate versions of tracks and avoided the dreaded web-rips which were usually around 64kbps. 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 dragon! In 2007, I re-released the compilation and made continuous updates throughout the next few years as additional samples were sourced and found.
From Licensed to Ill up until To The 5 Boroughs, although it will never be 100% complete, this is probably as close as it gets. As it stands, the only significant source that I wasn't able to track down is Modern Dynamic Physical Fitness Activities by Ed Durlacher, which was sampled in Body Movin', however even amongst collectors of Durlacher's instructional music, this particular album is pretty rare. If anybody reading this happens to have this album, please let me know as this is something of a holy grail. Likewise, if anybody feels that I've missed anything and/or has anything to contribute, please let me know! I think just about everything has been sourced, but every now and then, something new will be discovered, and as a self-proclaimed sample-nerd, those are always cool moments.
As anybody on the internet will tell you, the file-sharing freedom of the past few years is gone and it's been harder and harder to keep this compilation online. The last time that this was publically shared, the links were killed within just a few weeks, and I have a feeling that this will continue to be the case. With that said, I've temporarily hosted the collection on uploaded.net, and although the files can be downloaded free, unless you have a premium membership, you can only download one file every 2 hours. Considering that the files are about 500mb each and take any where from two to three hours to download, you might be better off purchasing a 48 hour pass. Trust me, I'm not a fan of this process, but it will definitely be a quicker download experience. If you've been trying to cop this collection, I strongly suggest grabbing these while you can since it's not likely they will stay up for very long:
As a failsafe/backup, I've also uploaded these to my private DropBox account, so if (and when) the links above are no longer available, simply contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will directly link you with the files! I want to personally thank each and every single person out there that has checked out this collection, lent insight, shared knowledge, or provided me with any of the tracks that were used to compile this amazing piece of history. It goes without saying that much love and respect is owed to the Beastie Boys for introducing me (and the world) to amazing music that otherwise would likely not be heard, let alone acknowledged. Sampling is an art, and regardless if we're talking about the intricacy of Paul's Boutique or the oddities of Check Your Head, the Beasties (and of course the Dust Brothers) were masters of their craft and this compilation is their gallery as well as part of their legacy.