I have been an enormous Spinal Tap fan since I saw the movie in the theater as a teenager. There's no question that the lads from Squatney redefined musical satire, and while I loved the "Unwigged and Unplugged" live show that (sort of) supported "Back From the Dead", there are certain things that are best left untampered with. This album features a musical CD, a bonus DVD, and a cardboard fold-out diorama case, which, while cool, is very impractical.
The CD has a bit of new material, but mostly consists of new versions of Tap classics. While some of the new versions are amusing, in every instance the original recordings are better. "Jazz Odyssey" is presented as a three track monstrosity, and I enjoyed it nearly as much as the festival crowd did when it was originally performed on the "Smell the Glove" tour. The packaging is very clever, but not very sturdy. It folds out into a diorama of the band performing. It also makes extracting the CD and DVD from the case very difficult without damaging one or the other.
The genius in the package is in the bonus DVD where the band discusses various songs and issues that brought the band to where it is today. It contains about an hour or so of interviews, and fully justifies the price of the album all by itself. I gave the album four stars as the bar has been set so high by previous Tap works; this one didn't quite make it to 11.