Clip Job: The Voice's First Impressions Of The Beastie Boys' Back Catalog

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Today, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch passed away, and in memory of his group's New York legacy, we turn to our archives to see how the genre-breaking group's art was perceived when it first landed on turntables and in CD players. Below, scans of Village Voice reviews for the "Cooky Puss" EP and Licensed To Ill, and reviews of other parts of their back catalog from Voice critics.



"Cooky Puss" (reviewed by Tim Sommer):

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Licensed To Ill (reviewed by John Piccarella, click to enlarge):

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Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide to the Beastie Boys (includes his "A" for Paul's Boutique)

The Mix-Up (reviewed by Zach Baron)

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Chris Molanphy
Chris Molanphy

Where's the oft-quoted Licensed to Ill headline from the Voice in ’86, "Three Jerks Make a Masterpiece"?

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