Paul's Boutique

Capitol Records (New Release)
Release date
27 Apr 2004
Running length
15 tracks
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1 To All The Girls 1:43 112,588
2 Shake Your Rump 4:17 217,826
3 Johnny Ryall 3:38 117,275
4 Egg Man 2:35 125,151
5 High Plains Drifter 1:42 113,490
6 The Sounds Of Science 1:32 103,542
7 3-Minute Rule 3:42 96,503
8 Hey Ladies 3:49 217,820
9 5-Piece Chicken Dinner 0:23 7,341
10 Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun 3:59 105,252
11 Car Thief 3:49 106,558
12 What Comes Around 3:07 93,563
13 Shadrach 3:42 124,713
14 Ask For Janice 0:11 4,983
15 B-Boy Bouillabaisse: 59 Chrystie Street/Get On The Mic/Stop That Train/A Year And A… 0:00 5,656

About this album

Paul’s Boutique is the second studio album by American hip hop group Beastie Boys, released on July 25, 1989 on Capitol Records. Featuring production by the Dust Brothers, the recording sessions for the album took place at Mario G’s Studio in Los Angeles and The Opium Den in Brooklyn, New York from 1988 to 1989, after which the recordings underwent mixing at the Manhattan-based Record Plant Studios.

Paul’s Boutique was initially considered a commercial failure by the executives at Capitol Records, as its sales did not match that of the group’s previous record, Licensed to Ill, and the label eventually decided to stop promoting the album. The album’s popularity continued to grow, however, and it has even been touted as a breakthrough achievement for the Beastie Boys. Highly varied lyrically and sonically, Paul’s Boutique secured the Beastie Boys’ place as critical favorites in the hip-hop genre, and has been widely recognized as the group’s magnum opus. The album’s rankings near the top of many publications’ “best albums” lists in disparate genres has given Paul’s Boutique critical recognition as a landmark album in hip hop.

On January 27, 1999, Paul’s Boutique was certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2003, the album was ranked number 156 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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