Caught in the Middle of a 3-Way Mix
by: DJ Food, DJ Cheeba, and DJ Moneyshot
10.22.2012 | Selected by Player 1
As a regular SoundCloud user, I found this little gem several weeks ago. It’s a really interesting mix and one I think anybody that’s a fan of the Beastie Boys will enjoy. So I’ll just let the description provided by DJ Food do the work:
“3 years in the making, 3 DJs working with over 150 tracks to recreate one of the seminal sampling albums of all time. Cheeba, Moneyshot and I bring you ‘Caught In The Middle Of A 3-Way Mix’, our tribute to the classic Beastie Boys album ‘Paul’s Boutique’. Remixed and re-imagined from all the original samples plus a cappellas, period interviews and the Beasties’ own audio commentary from the reissued release.
Add to this a custom illustration from Paul’s Boutique super-fan and all-round great guy Jim Mahfood, and you have an alternate version of the album. The mix was over half way finished when we heard the tragic news of Adam Yauch‘s passing this May so this is also our nod to his memory, RIP MCA.
Big respect to Cheeba and Moneyshot for all their hard work and for the latter for inspiring the project with his classic mix of their ‘Check Your Head’ three years ago. Obviously massive respect goes out to The Beasties, The Dust Brothers, Mario C. and all involved in the making of the original album.
Caught In The Middle of A 3-Way Mix – a tribute to The Beastie Boys‘ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ album.”
I’m not going to wax ecstatic about this album simple because 3 respected DJs remixed and contextualized one of the greatest albums of all time by one of the greatest bands of all time. This isn’t a masterpiece album. The original was. So I’m not going to bother comparing or contrasting one to the other because that wasn’t the point of this album. This album is more like a sonic documentary and homage to the late great MCA. So with that …
I really enjoyed listening to an album that I know so well being intertwined with actual interviews and sound clips from those responsible for making it during time it was actually made. Granted, blasting back into the past made me feel old; but it also evoked a deep sense of nostalgia.
Check Your Head will always be my favorite Beastie Boys album. And ‘Alive’ will always be the track of my favorite Beastie Boys video. But Paul’s Boutique will always be the album that bridged their early and later work in a way that was simply ahead of its time – at least in my opinion.
This was a really fun listen, with bits from the Beastie Boys and the stuff they sampled, the latter often in greater doses than you'd hear on Paul's Boutique or would expect to hear here. The mix is disjointed and all over the place, a little A.D.D, in classic B-Boys style. Good stuff.
Like with most DJ albums, I don't know what to think of this. I thought I was listening to a Beastie Boys album for most of it. I think this is cool, but I just don't get it I guess. I'm also no expert when it comes to this stuff. Anyway, if you're into different mixes of songs and you like the Beastie Boys, this might be worth a listen.
Paul's Boutique is on my list of top ten albums of all time. I'm not sure where on the list, but it's there. And while I appreciated hearing more of the sources of samples from the ground-breaking Beastie Boys record, and learning a bit more about its production, this remix just seemed like three DJs were trying to prove that they knew their history and how to use turntables, as opposed to creating a new work out of pieces of existing music, which is what the Beasties were all about in the first place. As a mix, it's got some good tracks, but doesn't really flow all that well, in fact, the only real continuity I felt was from being aware of the thread that tied the pieces together: Paul's Boutique. In the spots where the DJs put new beats behind the original lyrics, I was generally underwhelmed. By the time it's over, I really just wish I could have listened to the original album instead. It was also sad to find out that the sample for High Plains Drifter came from an Eagles song. I hate the f**king Eagles, man. In summary, a fun single listen with some interesting revelations, but not worthy of heavy rotation.
I don’t know how to critique an album like this.
First, I love the Beastie Boys and always have. Come on … a couple of nice Jewish boys from NY taking on Hip Hop and securing a place in history within the genre as one of the most influential bands.
I say this album is difficult to critique because though it’s a Beastie Boys nod of respect, the album takes off in many directions. It’s a fun listen, the mixes are well put together – they even have a Jimmy Hendrix mash. At times some of the mashes don’t make sense and don’t transition as well as I would like.
Good fun background music. Nothing ground breaking.