Beastie Boys ‎– Licensed To Ill

Def Jam Recordings ‎– B0024720-01, UMe ‎– B0024720-01
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 30th Anniversary Edition, 180 Gram

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A1 Rhymin & Stealin 4:08
A2 The New Style 4:35
A3 She’s Crafty 3:36
A4 Posse In Effect 2:27
A5 Slow Ride
Horns, Percussion – Danny*, Keene*, Tony*
A6 Girls 2:14
A7 Fight For Your Right 3:28
B1 No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Lead Guitar – Kerry King
B2 Paul Revere
Written-By – A. Horovitz*, D. McDaniels*, J. Simmons*
B3 Hold It Now, Hit It 3:29
B4 Brass Monkey 2:38
B5 Slow And Low
Written-By – D. McDaniels*, J. Simmons*
B6 Time To Get Ill 3:37

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30th Anniversary Edition reissue cut from the original production masters and pressed on 180 gram vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket. Includes a reproduction of the original printed inner sleeve and the record comes issued in a white poly lined sleeve.

This album is dedicated to Doris Keefe Horovitz.

℗© 2016 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 602547820754
  • Barcode (Printed): 6 02547 82075 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): P. USA -40236- B0024720-01-A G-2 RM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched): P. USA -40236- B0024720-01-B G-2 RM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
C 40238, FC 40238, 40238 Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill(LP, Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, Columbia C 40238, FC 40238, 40238 US 1986 Sell This Version
DEF 460949-1 Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill(LP, Album, RE) Def Jam Recordings, CBS DEF 460949-1 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
314 527 351-4 Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill(Cass, Album, RE, 72,) Def Jam Recordings 314 527 351-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
DEF 450062 1, DEFCL 32 580 3 Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill(LP, Album, Clu) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings DEF 450062 1, DEFCL 32 580 3 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
DEF 460949 2 Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill(CD, Album) Def Jam Recordings DEF 460949 2 Europe 1986 Sell This Version


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September 3, 2020

I rode a big wave with this one. Rhymin and Stealin sounded completely empty and subdued any hopes that I had, then the next few tracks had me honestly impressed, aaand then the last few tracks on side A dropped me back down with their IGD and sibilance, and finally, all of the tracks of side B sounded perfectly fine! Ugh, it is such a pity, because the tracks that sound good actually sound Really good and one of the songs that suffers the most is Fight for Your Right. There is always a risk involved when packing a huge amount of tracks onto one LP, but judging by side B, they had the ability to make it all sound great with no issues. So, I don’t get it. The gatefold jacket is high quality, they included a printed paper sleeve as well as a good plastic lined sleeve containing the LP, which was well pressed and clean. So, there are lots of pros to this release, but when the most popular song on the album sounds pretty well terrible, I don’t know if I can really recommend it. Maybe I just got a half messed up copy? I don’t know. Whatever the reason, I am disappointed with at least 25% of the tracks.


July 12, 2020
I compared the OG US 1st press VS US 30th. Overall a good reissue. Contrary to what some say, the OG 1st pressing was not all that dynamic, lacked bass, and unless you had a good stylus or MC setup, the end songs sounded all distorted. I recommend the 30th as well as the OG.


October 17, 2018
Found a used copy at my local record store and it sounds amazing! Great job on this reissue.


May 29, 2018
Totally agree with MEIIODrRnE- first song i was about ready to take it right back PO'd, thankfully things improved. Wonder why rhyming & Stealin so horrible?


March 20, 2018
edited over 3 years ago
Rhymin & Stealin didn't sound good so I was a little worried, it sounded cold and thin and there was no bass or punch. But The New Style sounded a lot better with the drums and bass being more prominent and the vocals having more warmth. The rest of the record sounds great, super full sounding, vocals sit well in the mix. By the time Slow Ride comes on...oh wow, great sounding track. It's just the first song that didn't sound good to me for some reason. Great reissue tho. Excellent pressing quality from Pallas, no flaws, no surface noise whatsoever. This is how a reissue should be done: ace remastering, exceptional pressing quality and a hell of a deal.


October 27, 2016

Sounds amazing, it's a keeper. They did a good job with this reissue, chapeau !


October 26, 2016
This is an excellent sounding reissue. I highly recommend it.


October 25, 2016
This record sounds great I have listened to it 10+ times since I got it I am hearing things I never heard before deep bass nice reverbs echos are good too can hear the voices very clear can even hear some studio sounds like wall reverb from vocal booth the mix is really good well balanced this puts the cd to shame for dynamic range


October 25, 2016
Fantastic reissue on heavy vinyl. Nice and quiet where it should be, dynamic, bass and balance is just right. Kinda struck me as odd since it's on Def Jam instead of Grand Royal, guess this album predated GR.


October 19, 2016
Pressed at Pallas USA, looks like Ron McMaster cut it from the deadwax on my copy.