Absolutely classic album,
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This review is from: This Is Spinal Tap (Audio CD)
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.