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Spinal Tap showed the world rock perfection -- which was good. But, lo, it was presumed that no one picking up guitars in the wake of the Tap could ever approach "eleven" in quite the same way -- and that was bad. But, as it turns out, it wasn't true, as proven by the ascent of uproarious rockers Tenacious D. Jack Black known to many for playing a gregarious record store clerk in High Fidelity and Kyle Gass are not only monsters of metal, they're conduits of universal stoner poetry, the sort of bongwater-fueled musings one can only come to after years of carefully weeding out brain cells and adding riffs stolen from Rush, Sabbath, and the Naked Gun movie series. The ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Spinal Tap showed the world rock perfection -- which was good. But, lo, it was presumed that no one picking up guitars in the wake of the Tap could ever approach "eleven" in quite the same way -- and that was bad. But, as it turns out, it wasn't true, as proven by the ascent of uproarious rockers Tenacious D. Jack Black known to many for playing a gregarious record store clerk in High Fidelity and Kyle Gass are not only monsters of metal, they're conduits of universal stoner poetry, the sort of bongwater-fueled musings one can only come to after years of carefully weeding out brain cells and adding riffs stolen from Rush, Sabbath, and the Naked Gun movie series. The "D," abetted by pals such as Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters and Phish's Page McConnell, crunch through all manner of lunkhead riffage, from the Southern-fried boogie of "The Road" to the prog-rock dopiness of "Rock Your Socks." Black and Gass have a clear vision of what matters in life, and address only the most important topics, from heavy metal gnomes "Dio" to excellence in sausage-craft "Kielbasa". Unlike mere novelty acts, the "D" don't merely lampoon, they replicate with the sort of intricacy only true obsessives could muster -- check out the hair-metal ballad "Fuck Her Gently" and the rock-opera excerpt "Tribute." Tenacious D are a laugh a minute on all levels, but to get the most mileage out of the disc, slip a track at a time to unsuspecting listeners, sit back, and watch the confusion set in.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As anyone who witnessed their legendary shorts on HBO will attest, Tenacious D is indeed the greatest band on earth. Bad D is still better than the Beatles and good D is transcendent. Even so, Tenacious D's debut album will likely kick fans on their asses because the D is no longer just about JB and KG. They're even ready to be more than a power trio -- they're ready to be backed by a full band, complete with Dave Grohl on drums and the Dust Brothers behind the boards. After years of hearing them as an acoustic heavy metal duo, that's a real shock, but they've also overhauled their repertoire, reworking and retitling several songs and leaving many tunes behind. Most regrettably, there is no "History of Tenacious D," even if it is quoted in the liner notes, but there's also no "Rocketsauce," no "Kyle Took a Bullet for Me," no "Sasquatch," no "Cosmic Shame," no "Special Things," and no "Jesus Ranch." "You Broke the Rules" becomes "Karate," "Song of Exultant Joy" is "Kyle Quit the Band," "Sex Supreme" becomes "Double Team," "The Best Song in the World" becomes "Tribute," lacking many of the "Stairway to Heaven" allusions in this version, and so on and so forth (elements of their opening theme are incorporated into "Kielbasa," thankfully). Furthermore, the dynamic has shifted drastically because the group no longer sounds like maniacal misfits who've conquered the worlds in their own minds playing to an audience who just hasn't caught up yet. Here, they sound like victors who've had their delusions of grandeur come real (which is true when you think about it -- those shorts might not have done much on HBO, but videotapes passed through a lot of hands on the underground video railroad). This is a bigger change than you might think, and while the acoustic D sounds better, weirder, and purer, this still is a hell of a record, particularly because it rocks so damn hard. The worst thing about it are the sketches, which may be funny, but not nearly as funny as the plots that tied the shows together (nothing as funny as asides from the show, like "circle church," either) or the live routines; they tend to distract from the music. And the music is indeed what matters, since no matter how silly and gleefully profane this can be, Tenacious D rules because the music is terrific. The tunes have hooks, Kage and Jables harmonize well, and the cheerfully demented worldview is intoxicating, since their self-belief and self-referential world is delightfully absurd and warm (think about it -- the sex songs may be vulgar and may be about their prowess, but their prowess is about making those backstage Betties feel good). Sure, some listeners may chuckle because this all comes from two large, cute, 30-something slackers, but they're missing the inspirado behind this record -- Tenacious D certainly know they're funny, but that doesn't erase the fact that they rock so hard. They came to kick your ass and rock your socks off, and that is a very special thing.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
[three and a half stars]... The D's long-awaited debut album is an angel-dustrial bong-water brew of Styx, Rush and Triumph, with a dollop of Journey, a soupcon of Kansas, loads of Zep and Sabbath, a pinch of Black Oak Arkansas, maybe a dash of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Not since Bob and Doug McKenzie have two jokers nailed the clod-metal aesthetic so accurately: Nearly every lyric here comes straight from your high school's bathroom wall.

[three and a half stars]... The D's long-awaited debut album is an angel-dustrial bong-water brew of Styx, Rush and Triumph, with a dollop of Journey, a soupcon of Kansas, loads of Zep and Sabbath, a pinch of Black Oak Arkansas, maybe a dash of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Not since Bob and Doug McKenzie have two jokers nailed the clod-metal aesthetic so accurately: Nearly every lyric here comes straight from your high school's bathroom wall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998623422
  • Catalog Number: 86234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Kielbasa (3:00)
  2. 2 One Note Song (1:23)
  3. 3 Tribute (4:08)
  4. 4 Wonderboy (4:06)
  5. 5 Hard Fucking (0:35)
  6. 6 Fuck Her Gently (2:03)
  7. 7 Explosivo (1:55)
  8. 8 Dio (1:41)
  9. 9 Inward Singing (2:13)
  10. 10 Kyle Quit the Band (1:29)
  11. 11 The Road (2:18)
  12. 12 Cock Pushups (0:48)
  13. 13 Lee (1:02)
  14. 14 Friendship Test (1:30)
  15. 15 Friendship (1:59)
  16. 16 Karate Schnitzel (0:36)
  17. 17 Karate (1:05)
  18. 18 Rock Your Socks (3:32)
  19. 19 Drive-Thru (3:00)
  20. 20 Double Team (3:10)
  21. 21 City Hall (9:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tenacious D Primary Artist
Jack Black Guitar, Vocals
Warren Fitzgerald Electric Guitar
Dave Grohl Guitar, Drums
Page McConnell Keyboards
Steve McDonald Bass
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz Percussion
Woody Jackson Sitar
Ken Andrews Guitar
Technical Credits
Dave Grohl Producer
Adam Kasper Engineer
Bernie Becker Engineer
John King Echoplex, Producer
The Dust Brothers Producer
Michael Simpson Producer
Tom Baker Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Comedic Album!

    when i first started listening to Tenacious D i didnt really know that there were other good songs besides Tribute, but then i got to listen to more and more of it and i listen to this album pretty much everyday, its worth every penny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OH MY GOD!!!

    I love this CD. It is worth every penny. I listen to it almost everyday. It's that good. Jack and KG are so funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't wait for a second album!

    This is an awesome disc! Funny and whitty, I laughed my arse off! I can't wait til they make another one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greastest Rock/Comedy Album Ever

    Simply the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    i bought this cd and i couldnt believe it!! It is the best cd i have gotten in a LONG time,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Try Not To Laugh I Dare Ya!!!

    The first time i heard this i wet myslef laughing, this is that the sort of hurmour that will send you straight to hell for thinking it's funny like watching a blind man walk into a lampost. It may be funny but the guitaring is abosolute quality i haven't heard something this fresh in a long time, i am not saying it's oringal because its not but they have taken led zepplin, spinal tap,etc riffs and fused them together to make for me one of the best albums i have heard ever!!!!!!!!!! What can i say apart from buy it , burn it ,tape but most of all just get it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jack Black knocks them back

    Jack Black and kyle what a faboulous combination they make in this group Tenacious D They're style is famntastic and songs are filled with light out takes of humour. This albulm sounds fantastic and must be named the best albulm of all time. This is my tribute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!... but not the same as the show...

    For those of you expecting to hear the same D as the HBO show you will not be 100% pleased. However, that does not mean that it is not still great. Kack and Kyle have never disappointed in the area of cleaver lyrics coupled with strong guitar playing. Bottom line: The songs are funnier on the show... perhaps due to watching JB (and to a lesser extent Kyle) play them. There is no way to top the visual of the live or show D. You'll just have to think of the D playing while listening. Or, go farther... meditate on it! Meditacious D ! ... Jack and Kyle, When is the DVD set coming out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool!!!!

    I haven't listened to it that much but from what I hear they are so awesome!!! I had no idea Jack Black had a band! I have to get the CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best BAND in the world!!

    I absolutly love tenacious D i think theyre great. The best song is TRIBUTE!!!!! If you dont like swear words or anything rude then definately do NOT buy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best band ever in the history of everything.

    Not only is the album hilarious, it's good music. This is not a joke band. The songs are funny as all heck - ''How about the power to kill a yak... from 200 yards away... with MIND BULLETS!'' - but they're also just plain good songs. The album sounds much different from the classic D, but in no way do the changes take away from the overall experience. Dave Grohl's drums just kick a**, and several times you'll be reminded of his work behind the drumset in Nirvana. And the Dust Brothers, who produced the album, always let Kage and Jable's great acoustic melodies come out over everything else. Make no mistake about it, The D is the best band ever. And they know it. You should find out why.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best review in the world (tribute)

    Swimming in a sea of heavy-metal angst, Tenacious D grasp their hard rock roots (which double as floatation devices) and swim to the shores of stardom. From the plucky love overture ''Kielbasa'' to the Zepplinesque ''Wonderboy,'' the D will make you jump the mainstream ship and paddle in their musical wake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Socks officially rocked off.

    Dust Brothers, Dave Grohl, Spike Jonze, and Kage and Jables make this the CD of the century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest band in the world!

    This is by far the greatest CD of all time. It has everything! It's hilarious, and the songs are amazing. I don't think it's possible to make a better CD than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GREATEST BAND OF ALL TIME

    I've been a fan of The D since the beginning, I've been jamming to their poetry for years. A friend of mine introduced their HBO show(called ''Tenacious D'') to me and I've been hooked ever since. They are perhaps the greatest band of all time, and if not, one of the best. JB and KG present an incredible mixture of harmony and melody, while still displaying insane comedy. If there is one word that can describe The D, it's gotta be GODLY. YOU MUST GO OUT AND GET THIS CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    Awesome. I heard these guys on Conan, just checked out the CD, and was inspired enough to find their HBO specials. Incredible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't stop listening to it

    I love this cd. I've been a long time fan of the D. I love the fact it isn't just two fat guys with guitars. The Dust Brothers have thankfully fleshed out what are already good songs to be 70's rock fests. I miss the Stairways references in Tribute. But, I'm glad for the bigger and better Kielbasa and boom-chicka-bow-bow in Double team. I'm so glad for JB and KG. Good work, guys! You made it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scared of Studio D? Don't be.

    I was first introduced to the D through HBO's Mr. Show. JB and KG were hilarious and held great amounts of stage presence. Their musical energy is unmatched. It seems like they truely love what they do. I'll skip over ranting about their live shows(which I could do for hours) and go directly to the Album. It's money. Some hardcore D fans feel the addition of a full band(drums,keys,bass and electric guitar)takes away from the experience. Pah! I say the tracks sound even tighter, they do lose some of the personality that the D pour into the live shows but this can be dismissed. Buy it and listen with an open mind. Kyle Gass and Jack Black have finally moved up, we can only hope the world is ready...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tenacious D rocks Tenaciously

    This CD kicks a**. Buy it. Steal it. Download it. Do whatever it takes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    The funniest album since Adam Sandler's ''What the Hell Happened to Me''. Get this record it's off the hizook.

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