Back from the Dead

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2009, when Back from the Dead was released, it was impossible for any listener to not be in on Spinal Tap's joke, so it's fitting that this is their first release to play as pure comedy, an album that doesn't even attempt to pass itself off as a rock record. The concept is this: a reunited Tap -- hence the name Back from the Dead -- celebrate the 25th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap by launching an unplugged and "unwigged," meaning Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer do not don the hairdos of Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls tour, releasing the movie on Blu-ray and revisiting their old songs in the studio, adding five new ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2009, when Back from the Dead was released, it was impossible for any listener to not be in on Spinal Tap's joke, so it's fitting that this is their first release to play as pure comedy, an album that doesn't even attempt to pass itself off as a rock record. The concept is this: a reunited Tap -- hence the name Back from the Dead -- celebrate the 25th anniversary of This Is Spinal Tap by launching an unplugged and "unwigged," meaning Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer do not don the hairdos of Nigel Tufnel, David St. Hubbins, and Derek Smalls tour, releasing the movie on Blu-ray and revisiting their old songs in the studio, adding five new songs, and recording "Jazz Oddyssey" for the first time, splitting it into thirds and scattering it throughout the album. "Sex Farm" is given a funky revamp, and "Listen to The Flower People" now sounds like Ziggy Marley, but those are the exceptions to the rule: the rest are straightforward remakes of the original recordings, right down to how "Gimme Some Money" has a Liverpool swing and how "Big Bottom" is driven by a farting synth bass riff. The only differences are that the production is clean and pristine and the band is precise and punchy, laying bare the joke, for better or worse. Some listeners may find this approach riotous, since the humor is pushed right toward the front, while many may miss how their original recordings blurred the lines between real rock and fantasy. This hurts Back from the Dead most on the remakes, all of which pale next to the originals, but the surprising things about the album is that all the new songs are top-notch, eclipsing the often forced Break Like the Wind, and striking the right balance between parody and real rock & roll. They're the reason to hear Back from the Dead, which otherwise is just a tad too satisfied with its own humor for its own good.
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  • Release Date: 3/30/2010
  • Label: Rocket Science
  • UPC: 811481011856
  • Catalog Number: 101185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight (2:42)
  2. 2 Back From the Dead (4:06)
  3. 3 (Funky) Sex Farm (4:30)
  4. 4 Rock 'N' Roll Creation (5:05)
  5. 5 Jazz Oddyssey I (2:19)
  6. 6 Gimme Some Money (2:33)
  7. 7 Rock 'N' Roll Nightmare (3:19)
  8. 8 Heavy Duty (4:57)
  9. 9 America (3:39)
  10. 10 Jazz Oddyssey II (2:00)
  11. 11 (Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Stylee) (3:20)
  12. 12 Hell Hole (3:34)
  13. 13 Big Bottom (3:39)
  14. 14 Celtic Blues (1:25)
  15. 15 Jazz Oddyssey III (2:16)
  16. 16 Warmer Than Hell (3:51)
  17. 17 Stonehenge (4:30)
  18. 18 Short and Sweet (6:35)
  19. 19 Cups and Cakes (1:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spinal Tap Primary Artist
Steve Vai Guitar, Soloist
Keith Emerson Soloist, Hammond B3
Glenn Berger Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Phil Collen Guitar, Soloist
Christopher Guest Guitar, Mandolin, Sitar, Vocals
C.J. Vancston Keyboards
Harry Shearer Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Michael McKean Guitar, Piano, Vocals
John Mayer Guitar, Soloist
Parker Posey screams
Chris Tedesco Trumpet
Jo Pusateri Percussion
Cj Vanston Keyboards
Technical Credits
Gregg Bissonette Composer
Ed Cherney Engineer
Bill Drescher Engineer
Christopher Guest Composer
C.J. Vancston Composer, Audio Production
Harry Shearer Composer
Michael McKean Composer
Rob Reiner Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering, Remastering
Brett Allen Guitar Techician
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Sean Odell Web Design
Reiner Composer
Shearer Composer
O'Toole Composer, Lyricist
Cj Vanston Producer, overdub engineer
Tom Guest Concept
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