Beastie Boys have released their 1995 hardcore punk EP Aglio E Oglio on all streaming services. The move comes 25 years after its initial release. After their 1994 hip hop, punk rock, jazz and funk-driven, Ill Communication was released, the band went back to their hardcore roots by releasing Aglio E Oglio. “Aglio” and “olio” mean “garlic” and “oil” in Italian, which is supposedly a metaphor for the simplistic approach of the EP.
The eight-track EP was originally released as a 12″ vinyl by Beastie Boys (in conjuction with Capitol Records) own L.A. based record label Grand Royal. It featured eight songs in 11 minutes, wasn’t overstated — it was just Adrock, MCA and Mike D. rolling back the years. It was also released on CD.
In a 1999 interview, Mike D said the EP came about because they had too many hardcore songs for their upcoming 1998 album Hello Nasty.
The version available on streaming services doesn’t include two bonus tracks — “Soba Violence” and a cover of The Doors’ “Light My Fire” — that were released on the physical version in 1995.
Last week, it was announced that the Beastie Boys would be releasing another career-spanning compilation. A film and photo book about the group were also released this year. It’s out on Oct. 23.