Beastie BoysIll Communication

Label:Grand Royal – GR006, Grand Royal – GR 006, Brooklyn Dust Music – GR006, Brooklyn Dust Music – GR 006
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Conscious, Punk, Instrumental, Electro


A1Sure Shot
Written-ByBeastie Boys, DJ Hurricane*, Caldato*
A2Tough Guy
Beats [Hardcore Beats]Amery Smith
Written-BySmith*, Beastie Boys
A3B - Boys Makin' With The Freak Freak
Written-ByBeastie Boys
A4Bobo On The Corner
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Bobo*, Nishita*
A5Root Down
Written-ByBeastie Boys
Written-ByBeastie Boys
B2Get It Together
Rap [Uncredited]Q-Tip
Written-ByBeastie Boys, J. Davis*
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Bobo*, Nishita*
B4The Update
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Caldato*, Nishita*
B5Futterman's Rule
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Nishita*
C1Alright Hear This
Written-ByBeastie Boys
C2Eugene's Lament
ViolinEugene Gore
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Bobo*, Gore*, Nishita*
C3Flute Loop
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Caldato*
C4Do It
Rap [Uncredited]Biz Markie
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Caldato*, Nishita*
C5Ricky's Theme
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Bobo*, Nishita*
D1Heart Attack Man
Beats [Hardcore Beats]Amery Smith
Written-BySmith*, Beastie Boys
D2The Scoop
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Caldato*
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Bobo*, Nishita*
D4Bodhisattva Vow
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Caldato*
Written-ByBeastie Boys, Nishita*

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- Matte cover
- Also released as a limited edition green vinyl.

On rear cover:
Printed in Canada

On labels:
Printed in U.S.A.

Inside gatefold:
All songs published by Brooklyn Dust Music/Polygram International Publishing, Inc. except "Get It Together" published by Brooklyn Dust Music/Polygram International Publishing, Inc. and Zomba Enterprises, Inc/Jazz Merchant Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 58148-0006-1 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 758148000610
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): GR 006 A 35140(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, etched): GR 006 B 35141(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, etched): GR 006 C 35142(3)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, etched): GR 006 D 35143(3)

Other Versions (5 of 128)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Ill Communication (CD, Album, EMI MFG)Capitol Records, Grand RoyalC2 7243 8 28599 2 5US1994
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Ill Communication (2×LP, Album, Gatefold)Capitol Records, Grand RoyalC1 7243 8 28599 1 8US1994
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Ill Communication (CD, Album)Capitol Records, Grand RoyalTOCP-8230Japan1994
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Ill Communication (CD, Album, Club Edition)Capitol Records, Grand RoyalCDP 528599US1994
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Ill Communication (Cassette, Album, Clean)Capitol Records7243 8 28599 4 9US1994


  • Late_Night_Tactics's avatar
    hey folks...I have a version of this album I don't see listed amongst the over 150 versions of this release. It's a test pressing that comes in two separate cardboard jackets, has blue vinyl instead of green and has the matrix numbers GR006 A/B and GR006 C/D. I bought someone's collection and this was one of the records in there. What is this version?
    • hollytarga's avatar
      Mine is translucent, too, and sounds really fine. Flat pressing with very low surface noise, no ticks, no sibilance-problems.
      I can´t understand why some contributers in the release History assume that it´s "shitty" or "cheap" or "poor Quality" 90ies vinyl. This is bullshit. I Think it happens by accident.
      There are releases from the 70ies / 80ies partly pressed on translucent vinyl, and they sound as good (Joy Division, Einstürzende Neubauten) or better (MFSL on special JVC Vinyl)) as the solid blacks.
      And there are lot of 90ies or 2000ies releases with poor Quality beeing NOT translucent, even if they´re just 120gr or 140gr of weight.
      • musicnut72's avatar
        Edited 3 years ago
        Mine is translucent also. Drove to my local Tower Records to buy this on its release date. If you have the means, I highly recommend purchasing this LP.
        • fant0m's avatar
          hi! my copy (this) is black translucent... anyone tell me about?
          • bkb3000's avatar
            Edited 5 years ago
            how is this tagged as 'electro'? which track on the album is an example of 'electro' that warrants the whole album earning the tag 'electro'?
            • allan_castle's avatar
              Great album. But how can this be tagged as "cool jazz"?
              • SemperHi-Fi's avatar
                My CD is blank on the top. Not sure if it is a promo or what!
                • badhack's avatar
                  I love this album for the shear diversity of quality music and sense of humor. Who doesn't love "Sabotage"?
                  • sirherbert's avatar
                    Edited 16 years ago
                    The most underrated Beastie Boys album, left in the shadow of "Paul's Botique". Includes such gems as "Sure Shot", "Root Down", "Sabotage", "Alright Hear This", "Flute Loop" and "Do it". The style of this album combines jazz, punk and rap. Differs from "Paul's Botique" with less sample-driven sound and more punk-jazz with deep double bass sounds, self-played instruments etc.



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