riddle me this, my brotha, can you handle it

– pauls boutique turns 20!

from a warmly welcomed press release that made its way to my In Box —

The first and most probably only hip hop record ever to be likened to Abbey Road, Dark Side Of The Moon and Pet Sounds, Beastie Boys’ groundbreaking Paul’s Boutique will celebrate its 20th birthday with a digitally remastered, visually expanded version. The 20th anniversary edition will finally see the landmark album released as its creators originally intended.

The Paul’s Boutique 20th anniversary re-release will be available in a multitude of formats, the first being a digital download available exclusively as of today at http://www.beastieboys.com (which has been completely overhauled and re-designed to commemorate the re-release). The basic 320kbps digital download with 3D interactive digital artwork will be available immediately upon order.

Pre-Orders also open today at beastieboys.com for the February 10 release of the following configurations:

Deluxe Digital Download

Digital album download in choice of format (320kbps MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless), 5 Beasties music videos, video commentary, 3D interactive digital album art

CD + Digital Download

8 panel ecopack CD + Digital Download

Vinyl + Digital Download

8 panel, 180g vinyl + Digital Download

T-Shirt Combos

Limited edition Paul’s Boutique t-shirt with wraparound album art. Available with Deluxe Digital, CD, or Vinyl combo.

20th Anniversary Commemorative Pack

Includes Digital Deluxe, CD, Vinyl, T-shirt, and an 8 foot wide poster of the album art as it was originally intended to be enjoyed.

The Paul’s Boutique reissue features no additional music, though a track-by-track audio commentary by the band detailing the making of the record will be available with every configuration.

all i know is i probably have gone through 5 cassettes and 7 cds of this puppy and i still dont think i have a cd version in my house (though i do have the mp3s on my hard drive)

and i have the cassingle of Hey Ladies