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Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill

Label:Def Jam Recordings – C 40238, Columbia – FC 40238, Columbia – 40238
Vinyl, LP, Album, Carrollton Pressing
Genre:Hip Hop


A1Rhymin & Stealin4:08
A2The New Style4:35
A3She's Crafty3:36
A4Posse In Effect2:27
A5Slow Ride
Horns, PercussionDanny*, Keene*, Tony*
A7Fight For Your Right3:28
B1No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Lead GuitarKerry King
B2Paul Revere3:42
B3Hold It Now, Hit It3:29
B4Brass Monkey2:38
B5Slow And Low
Written-ByD. McDaniels*, J. Simmons*, R. Rubin*
B6Time To Get Ill3:37

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The B-side run out info on this submission doesn't have the Masterdisk etched into it and also lacks the direct metal mastering stamp (DMM).

Catalog numbers: FC 40238 on the jacket spine, C 40238 on the labels, 40238 on the inner sleeve
Gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve.

Per Tim Neely of Goldmine:
"In the 1980s, there also were albums with three letters, usually "BFC"; these are early pressings of certain LPs that were released at a lower list price. If they became popular, they were re-released without the "B" (as "FC") with a revised bar code (usually adding an "02" to the number on the back) and a higher price."

© 1986 CBS Inc./℗ 1986 CBS Inc./Manufactured by Columbia Records/CBS Inc.

This Album Is Dedicated To Doris Keefe Horovitz
Special Knowlege To Run, DMC & Jam-Master Jay

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 74644 02381 02
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A center label matrix): AL 40238
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B center label matrix): BL 40238
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A run out, etched): GeT off My BACK 666 AL-40238-1B D G1 MASTERDISK DMM
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B run out, etched): S13MA 3 SBMOH WATCH YOUR BACK 45567-B BL-40238-1A G3 DIA14

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Licensed To Ill (CD, Album)Columbia, Def Jam RecordingsCK 40238US1986
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Licensed To Ill (LP, Album, Gatefold)Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam RecordingsDEF 450062 1, 450062 1, BFC 40238Europe1986
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Licensed To Ill (LP, Album, Gatefold)Epic, Epic144.930, 144930Brazil1986
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Licensed To Ill (Cassette, Album)Def Jam Recordings460949-4Europe1986
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Licensed To Ill (Cassette, Album)Def Jam Recordings450062-4UK1986
jezuzballz's avatar
Anyone else have a cassette that has Girls as the 2nd to last track on the J Card? Was that a common misprint?
sstacey1971's avatar
Just listened to this today for the first time in years and it was even better than I remember. The production is exceptional and a bit ahead of its time. It does remind me of 'Paul's Boutique', not as many samples but with different types of drums per song. It kind of marks the transition from the 'def beat' era to the 'golden age'.
jefereno's avatar
In the dead space side A states “Get Off My Back 666” & “Masterdisk DMM” side B states “16 Watch Your Back”

Anyone know the meaning/history?
BeefLover482's avatar
I liked this one. I remember buying this for my grandson a few years back. A couple days ago he gave me this cd and told me to listen to it. I liked it. My grandchildren are always trying to expose me to new music. I give this one a 3/5
midnightrunner's avatar
Edited 2 years ago
Such a fine, rap album. But I often wonder when I listen to it, were MCA, Mike D and Adrock able to retire to bed and get some much needed sleep when they finally arrived home in Brooklyn?
marcorocca's avatar
I have a cbs inc 1986 vinyl DEF 450062 with matrix side A: 0I-450062-IA-I and barcode 5 099745 006212. Can you help me understand what version it is?
rorymc99's avatar
We need a proper deluxe edition soon, with all the b-sides and remixes and other Def Jam singles like Rock Hard and She's On It, with a nice blu-ray with the videos and TV appearances on it. It's long overdue, but if they can do a 30th anniversary vinyl then surely they can do a deluxe edition?
kerstein220's avatar
I just purchased catalogue number FC 40238 and it is a stamped in gold in the corner as a promo album not for sale. There is no united states version of the LIcensed of III as a promo album in discogs catalogue list. Does anyone have any further knowledge on this version of the LP album that you can help me with? thanks MARK
Gotgirl's avatar
How do I find the catalog number on this album without breaking the shrink wrap?
Bourbonman's avatar
Edited 5 years ago
Thousands of people wore out their cassette versions of this in the 80´. I stole my copy of Licence To Ill from my sister and listened religiously to it until it was worn out. Amazing how popular this album became to be by 3 white rappers, rock riffs and simple 808 drum machine patterns. It even surprised Rick Rubin himself that it sold so many copies.
Classic in every way.