May 5, 2012 – 7:40 am

ADAM YAUCH (MCA) R.I.P. 1964-2012

Adam Yauch, aka MCA, of the Beastie Boys died of cancer on May 4, 2012 in New York City. He was 47. The musician, director and Tibet activist was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer in 2009. The other members of the Beastie Boys are Mike D (Michael Diamond) and Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz).

It’s tough being a white rap group yet the Beastie Boys hardly got dissed by the black rap crowd. One reason is that the Beasties got into the rap game when there wasn’t one to speak of. With a ear to the street, the Beastie Boys laid out the grooves and released Licensed To Ill in 1986. With hits such as (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) and No Sleep Till Brooklyn, the Beasties brought rap to White America. Musically, Paul’s Boutique (1989) was the more crucial album - the place where everything gelled together - the samples, the lyrics and the inexhaustible fun. But for many Tibetans, Yauch, who became a Buddhist, will be remembered for his efforts in the Tibetan independence movement - he helped create the Milarepa Fund and was a driving force in the Tibetan Freedom Concerts.

+ + + + +

Click on the panels for a better view or to download artwork.

New Jersey 1992 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Tradewinds, Seabright, NJ; May 22, 1992. (This show has also been listed as Randy’s Rodeo, Gardens City, Trenton, NJ.) Excellent soundboard, remastered by thir13en.

Thanks to thir13en for remastering the tracks. This is what thir13en noted:

In their prime, displaying the intense prowress that was “Check Your Head”. They were admittedly going for a stoney album experience, and the show isn’t much different. Lots of the groovin’, slow-head bobbin’ instrumentals are done here, as well as some gritty rap stabs and a few punkers as well (notable is the faithful rendition of Minor Threat’s “Stand Up”). The hits (”Pass the Mic”, “So Whatcha Want?”, “Gratitude”) are lively, the banter is oddly tossed around, and the intro is one of the strangest ever given…

Otherwise, it’s a very clean soundboard and a damn fine mix. But like many straight SBD’s, it needed some work. So I smoothed over the EQ spectrum, comp’d it a bit to get the vocals to blend in better and bring out the music, enhanced a little with the BBE and then L3 maximized. Sounds big, warm, energetic.

And thanks to Paxman who originally seeded the show; and to volta for sharing the tracks on Dime.

Source: DSBD
Conversion: Sony R500 > Philips CDR870

As someone once commented: “If you were to own only one Beastie Boys concert recording… this is the one to own. Why? Because it features a nice mix of Licensed to Ill, Paul’s Boutique, and Check Your Head material. It also has the best sound of any non-FM recording.”

And those who are sensitive to strong language might want to give this a miss.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Ricky Powell’s Intro (2.8MB)
Track 102. To All The Girls (2.7MB)
Track 103. Slow & Low (5.5MB)
Track 104. Shake Your Rump (4.5MB)
Track 105. Pass The Mic (7.8MB)
Track 106. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun (2.0MB)
Track 107. Rhyming & Stealing (7.0MB)
Track 108. Time For Livin’ (3.0MB)
Track 109. Egg Raid On Mojo (3.3MB)
Track 110. In 3’s (Instrumental) (4.4MB)
Track 111. POW (4.1MB)
Track 112. Live at PJ’s (5.2MB)
Track 113. Stand Together (4.4MB)
Track 114. Posse In Effect (3.7MB)
Track 115. A Year & A Day/Posse In Effect pt 2 The New Style (5.6MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Jimmy James (3.6MB)
Track 202. Sounds of Silence (2.6MB)
Track 203. Finger Lickin Good (1.6MB)
Track 204. This One’s for Todd (764k)
Track 205. High Plains Drifter (2.7MB)
Track 206. So Whatcha Want? (7.0MB)
Track 207. Paul Revere (7.5MB)
Track 208. The Maestro (gap around 0:40) (6.4MB)
Track 209. Groove Holmes (Instrumental) (4.6MB)
Track 210. Something’s Got To Give (6.5MB)
Track 211. Lighten Up (6.3MB)
Track 212. Gratitude (4.9MB)
Track 213. Stand Up (2.1MB)
Track 214. Time To Get Ill (4.6MB)
Track 215. Shadrach (6.2MB)

+ + + + +


Track 01. Desperado - previously unreleased track, 1988 (5.1MB)

Thanks to Blindopolis who shared the track at Demonoid.

Some notes:

This song was to be released on the soundtrack for the Run DMC movie Tougher Than Leather (1988). In the movie, the Beastie Boys are seen on stage performing the track live (not the studio version included in this torrent). However, the track never saw an official release. Why?… because immediately following the conclusion of the 1987 Licensed To Ill world tour the Beastie Boys wanted the royalty money and tour profits which they were owed. Their label (Def Jam) wanted the band to re-enter the studio and record a sophomore follow-up album and opted to use the money as an incentive to accomplish this. The Beastie Boys decided to cut their losses and instead signed with Capitol records.

For more information on this story read the book “The Greatest Music Never Sold: Secrets of Legendary Lost Albums by David Bowie, Seal, Beastie Boys, Chicago, Mick Jagger, and More!” by Dan LeRoy.

Since then there have been a couple of times when fans speculated that this track might get included on an official release. Those times were: November 21, 1995; when Def Jam released their 10th Anniversary Box Set and again on November 23rd 1999 when the Beastie Boys teamed back up with Def Jam to release their Anthology: Sounds of Science CD/LP set.


Click here to order Beastie Boys releases.

+ + + + +
+ + + + +

Click here for more shows that are still open for sharing.

Click here for closed shows.
(Readers can email us a request to reopen closed shows.)

  1. 10 Responses to “ADAM (MCA/BEASTIE BOYS) YAUCH R.I.P. 1964-2012”

  2. Great post. My favorite Beasties recording and material (Paul’s Boutique/Check Your Head) Wonderful memories of blasting these tunes on the way to Sugarloaf w/ Dr Leakey, gettin’ the blood pumping for a long day of skiing. Already have this recording but I appreciate the folks at the Big O recognizing MCA today! RIP…

    By steve22 on May 5, 2012

  3. The Tradewinds was one of the best venues to see a band in New Jersey.
    I saw Concrete Blonde, Blue Oyster Cult, Twisted Sister, Matthew Sweet and a few more bands there. It was great to be at a venue that was a beach resort.

    Whoever was at this recorded show probably had a real good time.

    At the peak of the real estate boom the owners sold the property which is ocean front. About 4-6 townhouses are there now.

    By JALtheImpaler on May 5, 2012

  4. Have added a bonus unreleased track - Desperado [1988].

    By bigozine2 on May 5, 2012

  5. This refers to “Lots of the groovin’, slow-head bobbin’ instrumentals”…but I only see two…are there more that are not marked as such?

    By rob streetman on May 5, 2012

  6. if you can’t get with this…i dunno what to say. rip MCA.

    By Jude on May 6, 2012

  7. Many thanks!!! Sorry to see the man go….

    By jack bond on May 8, 2012

  8. Hey bro, Thanks. Just wanted to point out that the second part of track 115 “Posse In Effect pt 2″ is actually “The New Style”.

    keep up the good work!

    By Mel on May 10, 2012

  9. Hello Mel

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on May 10, 2012

  10. Really missing Adam Yauch - I put my memories in my blog: Thanks for sharing this.

    By Jeremy Shatan on May 11, 2012

  11. I didn’t realize this was here. RIP, co-founder of Beastie Boys, John Berry, 52, May 2016. Died of Frontal-Lobe Dementia.

    By ScarRad on May 20, 2016

Post a Comment