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The big question is... why bother? I can't recall any great demand or desire for a new Spinal Tap album, and there isn't any artistic reason for it. Every band, it seems has the whole reunion moment - including those that happen for no reason at all, apart from possibly boredom or ego or money. That said, with one member of Spinal Tap coining in $400,000 per episode of The Simpsons (400 episodes and counting), he must be fairly well off.

So... er, why? It's by no means a bad record, but it isn't very good. There are re-recordings of quarter-century old songs, last heard in faux-live form on the original, classic debut. These established songs are given fairly pedestrian funk and reggae tinges. "Funky Sex Farm" sounds like a 2000-era Prince out-take : servicable, possessed of great groove, but not necessarily designed to be listened to more than once. By the same token, the new recordings of the old classics are mostly redundant - a new guitar lick or drum roll here or there - but ultimately, if you know the original stuff, you've heard this all before.

There's a couple of 'new' songs : the ancient free-download of "Back From The Dead" and the ho-hum "Warmer than Hell". The legendary "Jazz Odyessy" is here : and it's dull. And where's "Saucy Jack"? That's a brilliant song.

Anyway, there's no reason for this record apart to shove out some more Spinal Tap pap for you to buy. It's pretty good, but it's not really essential listening - and a pointless record is a sin against every struggling artists there is.
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on 2 August 2009
This is an excellent release from Spinal Tap. The album is a collection of new songs and re-recordings of classics such as Hell Hole and Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight. The re-recordings offer a fresh take on the old hits and the new songs are great too.
The album also comes with a DVD featuring the band talking about each song individually and as usual they are absolutely hilarious.
Overall, a truly great release from Spinal Tap!
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on 17 June 2009
Can't wait for this release! Finally a chance to own the comedy gold from the film AND a DVD of all new material. This is a definite 'must buy'!!
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