The Beastie Boys complete their remaster project this month with the repackage of 1998's Hello Nasty.
The album is still good: "Intergalactic," "Negotiation Limerick File," "Remote Control," "Just A Test," and everything else, including the mellow vocal and non-vocal tracks. This was the move away from the double-shot style of Check Your Head and Ill Communication. Mix Master Mike injected a new sense of adventurism to the Boys at a time when organic was going out and bleepy, sampled exploration was coming in.
With the remastered album is a second disc of remixes, b-sides and unreleased selections. Really, it's as though they've thrown back in the jazz and instrumental stuff they recorded during this period and sequenced it with some of the album's best remixes and studio chatting and fuckery. Aside from a few though selections, though, it's mostly stuff that could have been left on the shelf.
Look, there's got to be better stuff that they're holding back. It just feels, well, nonessential. Or maybe that's just me hoping that when I turn 60 and they're, um, way older, there will a huge box set of mp3s that just, like, "remember when these guys were really, really sick. Here's some stuff they never let you have."
Your need for this new version of Hello Nasty probably depends on the level of love you've got for the Beasties. Which kind of makes it essential anyway now that I think about it.