156) Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys

Posted Nov 01, 2003 12:00 AM

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"I went to this party in Los Angeles," recalled Adam Horovitz, "and they were playing this music, like . . . four breakbeat records playing at the same time." The party soundtrack consisted of tracks by the Dust Brothers, who ended up co-producing this entire second record from the Beasties, providing the rap trio with some of the best samples ever put on wax, including the Ramones, Mountain and the Funky 4+1. Paul's Boutique is also an extended goof on Abbey Road [see No. 14], which was Paul McCartney's boutique -- and like that record, it ambitiously stitches together song fragments in a way rarely seen before or since.

Total album sales: 2.5 million

Peak chart position: 14

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