The last installment of this year’s deluxe, remastered, expanded and altogether awesome Beastie Boys catalogue reissues has been confirmed: The multi-platinum 1998 opus Hello Nasty will be given the 2-CD/vinyl box set/multi-format treatment featuring 21 bonus tracks and rarities, including 10 never before released items (tracks/skits). Pre-order/digital release has already begun at www.beastieboys.com followed by a September 22 physical release on Capitol/EMI.
Preceded by the universal smash “Intergalactic,” Hello Nasty crashed into the #1 position of charts worldwide upon its July 1998 release, with first week sales of nearly 700,000 in the U.S. alone. Buoyed by the launch of the 360 in the round tour, Hello Nasty would yield B Boys classics “Body Movin’,” “Three MCs and One DJ,” “Remote Control,” “Super Disco Breakin'” and more, win two Grammys, see the band presented with an MTV Video Vanguard lifetime achievement award, and ultimately sell some 7 million copies worldwide.
Hello Nasty will be available in a variety of configurations, ranging from a digital download of the original album and b-sides to a 43-track 2-CD set, to a limited edition deluxe package of four 180-gram vinyl LPs featuring the deluxe remastered album, 21 bonus tracks and rarities, and Hello Nasty Collectors Edition PATCH in an 8-panel gatefold package enclosed in a hardcover “coffee table book” case. The deluxe vinyl version will be strictly limited to 1500 pieces.
For a full rundown of configurations and combinations thereof, check out BeastieBoys.com.
In other news, the classic Spike Jonze/Nathanial Hornblower video interpretation of “Sabotage” finally received its due at this weekend’s 2009 MTV Music Video Awards, where it was awarded Best Video (That Should Have Won A Moonman) honors. Beastie Boys historians will no doubt recall the fracas that ensued when “Sabotage” was robbed at the 1994 VMAs, prompting Adam “MCA” Yauch’s intoxicated uncle to rush the stage and demand a recount.