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  • Audio CD (June 16 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: A2M
  • ASIN: B00278FSXM
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight
2. Back From The Dead
3. (Funky) Sex Farm
4. Rock 'n' Roll Creation
5. Jazz Oddyssey I
6. Gimme Some Money
7. Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare
8. Heavy Duty
9. America
10. Jazz Oddyssey II
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. DVD: + accompanying DVD giving a track by track rundown from Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls (60 mins)

Product Description

The loudest Rock band in the World, Spinal Tap, Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls have announced that they will be returning to the UK this June to kick off their one time only exclusive special show at London's Wembley Arena with very special guests The Folksmen. 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic cult classic rock movie 'This is Spinal Tap' and Spinal Tap are celebrating this in a big way! By reuniting for the 'One Night Only World Tour'. Featuring reworkings of classic Tap tunes alongside new Tap songs, with accompanying DVD giving a 60 minutes track by track rundown from Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 12 2009
Format: Audio CD
An "in-universe" review by Michael A. Ladano.

It seems like ages since Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins and Derek Smalls have graced the metal masses with new music. 17 years ago came Break Like The Wind, an album which sounded just as great as it smelled. Now, finally, after the odd show and a couple internet singles, The Tap has returned with the aptly titled Back From The Dead. However, I do want you to understand that nobody has actually died (this time).

The not-dead Causasian Jeffery Vanston has returned on keyboards, still filling in for the very dead Viv Savage. Gregg Bisonette (David Lee Roth), also gratefully still alive, is the drummer on these recordings. Other living souls guesting on the album include Phil Collen, Keith Emerson, Steve Vai, and John Mayer.

All songs are studio recordings, as opposed to the "live" versions as heard on the soundtrack to This Is Spinal Tap. As such they all sound a little more sterile. Nothing here is really superior to the versions we all know and love from that piece of character assassination on celeloid. They all sound a little more stuffy, a little flat in comparison. However, these being classic songs, they are still an enjoyable listen, and performed remarkably well.

There are some new songs and some new arrangements, as well as some oldies finally seeing the light of day! These include:

"Back From The Dead" -- an older internet single finally released on CD. Tufnel's backing vocals are a bit shrill and weak, but otherwise the song rocks proudly and strongly.

"(Funky) Sex Farm" -- sadly, not the funky version from the Return Of Spinal Tap TV special, this is a slower less funky version. Still funky though.
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Great collection of the greatest 70's/80's band that toured some of the greatest towns in fictional history. Seller was A++, packaging was intact. Product was exactly as described.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
great value for money....ridiculous...funny....and musical! June 16 2009
By Richardson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
the 1 hour bonus DVD with their fall on the floor laughing funny riffs on their music is worth the price of admission alone..
The music CD is actually a very cool revisitation with many familiar friends and new tricks/tunes as well....I picked it up for 9.99 and felt that even though the pop-up folder was a bit odd....that it was a very well spent ten bucks in the current economy where every entertainment dollar is to be considered.

I will admit the EW&F sort of treatment on Sex Farm and the Reggae version of Listen to the Flower People may take a bit of getting used to and make me glad to have the originals. On Short and Sweet ...guest axemen Steve Vai, John Mayer and Phil Cullen all combine to sound a bit like one Jeff Beck.

If you are a Spinal Tap fan...this is a great addition to your collection..(particularly the DVD) if you aren't....I'd recommend seeing the movie will make this all the much more enjoyable and it is!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I don't know where to begin really.... Dec 19 2009
By Sean Hanna - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Well, I've been working with this packaging for about three hours now. It's very confusing. Look, you bend this tab that way and fold that piece underneath the flap and, then, you get that and I don't want that, I want a pop-up stage diorama.
And then, who's in here, it's a little DVD guy and a book. I think there's a CD in here somewhere. It's a complete catastrophe.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Add it to the Spinal Tap Canon June 17 2009
By Dirk Drudgler - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fans! This is not a greatest hits album! This is a NEW Spinal Tap album! Rejoice!

This is really a very remarkable package for the money.

After the Black Album debacle, Tap must have decided to go all out on this one. In a package slightly thicker than a regular CD, you receive a very funny DVD with some new moments with Tap, a CD with a selection of a few reworked oldies and a great deal of new material, a booklet with lyrics and an extremely cool pop-up standee set of the entire band, complete with a festival audience.

All this for 10 bucks? Forget all the pretender rock stars who moan about their fans being screwed by the ticket brokers and the record companies while they, themselves, live off your money in shameless luxury churning out untenable crap.

Don't be put off by the inclusion of re-worked older material. These songs definitely stay true to the Spinal Tap mythos and are as valid an addition to the Tap legend as "Break Like The Wind."

I think St. Hubbins, Tufnel and Smalls all recognized they needed to thank the fans that have made them into unlikely pop icons and I believe they have released this fantastic little package at an unbelievable price to do just that.

The new material on the CD includes several selections from the Jazz Oddyssey (actual spelling) and although not appropriate for a festival crowd, on the CD they achieve the musical heights intended.

Welcome back Tap and thanks to you and your pals (Shearer, Guest and McKean) for this special treat. It's going to take a long time for this one to catch up to the number of times I've played the previous two albums, but I've already started trying.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Here Lies (Spinal Tap)...and why not" July 7 2009
By Mel Zorro - Published on
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The boys seemed to have lost their enthusiasm for being creative in their old age. Neither the DVD nor the "album" (if you want to call it that) give the true fans anything new to enjoy.

Thoughts on the songs:
The music tracks are either Smell The Glove tunes re-recorded/re-arranged or studio versions of "new" songs that they have been playing live for various events/concerts. It's nice to have a non-MP3 version of "Back From The Dead" and "Rock and Roll Nightmare" is great piece of Tap history, but really those are the only tracks I care to listen to. I'm with the other reviewers on this one, what we really needed was a sequel to "Break Like The Wind"...what a legitimately awesome album (sigh).

Thoughts on the DVD:
The most disappointing thing in watching the track by track commentary is the lack of energy in the interview performances. Even a bad joke can be saved by enthusiasm, but they're not even trying here. The only good riff is when they talk about Jazz music and David talks about Miles Davis covering up his trumpet, "What was wrong with him?"

Final Thoughts:
Owning all the albums and both DVD versions of the film, my love of Spinal Tap and their legacy is boundless. I saw Spinal Tap live in L.A. during the anniversary tour in 2001 after the Back From The Dead MP3 was released via Tapster and they were great. I just recently attended the Phoenix "Unwigged and Unplugged" show and was slightly saddened by the lack of energy although the set list was fun. I think it's just the end of the road for some brilliant performers who have finally worn out the joke. At least they gave us some great memories.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Falls a little flat Aug. 14 2009
By Steve Clark fan - Published on
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I guess I'm not the Tap fan I used to be. There's nothing bad about this album, but there also isn't anything great about it. "Short and Sweet" with its guest guitarists, and the funkified version of "Sex Farm" are both pretty good, but the remaining new tracks seem to fall flat. Similarly, the re-recorded versions of old songs don't sound any better than the originals.

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