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This Is Spinal Tap (Soundtrack)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2000
The thing about this 'spoof' band is they are by far the greatest rock band seen in the modern world. I doubt if even the masters of rock, the ancient Greeks, had ever performed to such a high standard.
Any album that has the lyrics: "My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo, I want to sink her with my pink torpedo" can only rise to the greatest heights that the musical world can soar.
If you like rock, don't buy this album. On the otherhand, if you love rrrrrrrrrrrrock buy about 4 copies, just in case you lose three of them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2011
Just to be clear, the seller was fine - great service. Howeful the audio quality was appalling - no dynamics, depth, subtlety, drama or insight. Lesson is - never buy the "digitally remastered". It essentially means they've squeezed all the dynamics out to make the average sound level higher, the way they do with pop music to make it compete on the radio. For some reason they have started doing this with older music as well. Don't buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
Like Monty Python's The Holy Grail or The Life Of Brian, the movie This is Spinal Tap contributed more than its fair share of immortal cinematic lines to everyday life. When we talk about turning things up to eleven - that's Spinal Tap. Ditto references to people dying in 'bizarre gardening accidents'. And you can also add the euphemism of 'mudflaps' for someone's backside.

The film, directed by Rob Reiner, is a rockumentary (some would say mockumentary) about then-fictitious (subsequently real, though no less self-mocking) heavy metal band Spinal Tap. And this is its soundtrack.

In truth, the five-stars I've given it are probably misleading. Judged purely for its musicality, it's probably deserving of two - Big Bottom, Sex Farm, Hell Hole and Tonight I'm Going To Rock You aside, the rest of the album are just really dirges. But one assumes you're not buying it for the music - you're buying it, as I did, because it's part of the whole ... Tap experience.

Play Stonehenge and in your mind you're watching the band come out onto a miniature Stonehenge set. The music is merely there as a poke in the ribs that takes you to a place in the movie. And for that, it gets five stars.

The lyrics are generally very clever (as in deliberately-over-the-top clever - you won't find subtlety or nuance here) and there are some that produce a genuine belly laugh, even if you know them well ("Big bottom, big bottom / Talk about mudflaps, my girl's got 'em / Big bottom drives me out of my mind / how can I leave it behind?" still makes me giggle and maybe, at 50, that's a sad indictment of me...)

The production quality doesn't stand the test of time - but bear in mind this was a very low budget 1984 movie with a low-budget soundtrack that became a monster cult hit - so no amount of remastering is going to clear up all of the sludgy sound - and I guess that's also part of the appeal.

If you loved the movie, buy the soundtrack. If you haven't seen the movie, watch it and THEN buy the soundtrack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2007
What day did God create Spinal Tap - and couldn't he have rested on that day too?

I'm joking of course (pats hair).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2004
What a great soundtrack! The songs are what make the movie for me. With songs like Big Bottom, Tonight We going to Rock You and Give me some Money, you know you are going to laugh.
The guys in Spinal Tap do play all the instruments on the soundtrack and are all very talented. The songs are very well written, the lyrics making you laugh every time, there are riffs and solos aplenty.
It's not musical genius but still very good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 1999
Spinal Tap are superb musical parodists. This is an excellent spoof on early 80s Heavy Metal, so convincing some folk thought they were a real band! But watch the film "This is Spinal Tap" to appreciate the joke completely.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2006
After reading some reviews I noticed that some look at the mighty Spinal Tap as being a spoof or parody! - Shame on you! - I didn't think the visit to A&E was a parody after my ears bled after listening to Venus de Milo or the time when I slipped into a temporary coma after listening too much of Shark Sandwich in the same sitting!! - These guys live the dream and all naysayers are over-looking the genius that is Spinal Tap.
Search out your lycra and spandex and rock til' it hurts.
"Hello Cleveland!!!!"
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on 20 January 2013
Firstly, to understand the cover, watch the film! But if you haven't seen the film, then surely you wouldn't be here!

This is a selection of the songs that you hear in the movie- essentially, the soundtrack, but because it's a movie about a ban it does feel a bit more like a normal band's album release. It doesn't actually sound overly comical or "silly", nor does it contain dialogue.

The music is decent, but not classic- but then it's not really meant to be classic rock anyway. I enjoyed it.
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on 19 December 2013
Arguably the greatest rock band ever, perhaps ranking among the greatest geniuses of all time; people like Mozart, Michael Fish, Dappy and Pixie Lot even. My only problem with this work of excellence is that the album cover should be all black.
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on 6 January 2000
Metallers, this is it, you wanted the best, you got the best.. this is spinal tap!
if u r a korn fan do not bother with this albulm, because this is real metal, filled with charisma
listen to it with your dial at 11
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