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Ready For This? (CD/DVD)

Tim MinchinAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collective Sounds
  • ASIN: B005FHVNJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ready For This?
2. Prejudice
3. I Love Jesus
4. The Good Book
5. If I Didn't Have You
6. Confessions
7. Canvas Bags
8. The Interval Song
9. Bears Don't Dig on Dancing
10. The Song for Phil Daoust
11. Youtube Lament
12. Storm
13. Dark Side
14. White Wine in the Sun

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The label triple threat is mean to signify a superlative entertainer. Tim Minchin does more: acting, singing, playing the piano, writing his own music and lyrics, and doing stand-up. Add to that mix a fabricated persona that functions as yet another stage element, and suddenly determining his threat level requires a calculator. --Time Out New York

Tom Munchkin is an Australian big girl's blouse, who writes and performs amazingly brilliant & funny songs. --Ricky Gervais

Product Description

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. In 2002, he began to develop the solo comedy shows which have gained him public and critical acclaim. Tim has also written the music and lyrics for Matilda The Musical for the Royal Shakespeare Company: an adaptation of the Roald Dahl children s story. The show previewed in November 2010 in Stratford-upon-Avon. The musical transfers to the Cambridge Theatre in London s West End on October 18th 2011.
Tim appeared at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival in 2006 and the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in January 2007, where he won the award for Best Alternative Comedian. In November that year, he performed at the HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and sold out shows in both New York and Los Angeles. He returned to the Just For Laughs Festival in 2010.
In Australia, he has performed sellout shows at the Sydney Opera House, the Brisbane Powerhouse and His Majesty s Theatre in Perth, and has performed at the Adelaide Fringe, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Big Laugh Festival in Sydney. He has become a favorite at various UK festivals including Latitude, The Big Chill, Reading and Leeds. He performed at Camp Bestival, Hay and Sonosphere in 2010.
Tim s show Ready For This? toured the UK, Australia and New Zealand to sell-out audiences in 2009 and 2010. Tim s celebrated 9-minute beat poem,
Storm, has been animated and premièred at TAM London in October 2010. The animated movie was made available to all, on YouTube, in 2011, following some film festival screenings and is included as a bonus video on the DVD for Ready For This?
Tim embarked on his first Arena tour of the UK, in December 2010, including a performance at the O2, London. He then took the show to Australia, in early 2011, performing to packed houses with the state symphony orchestras all over the country, including four sold out dates at the Sydney Opera House. Ready for This? is Tim s first U.S release, coming off the heels of a sold out North American run of shows of Ready for This? this past June July 2011.
The filming for the DVD Ready For This? took place at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London. The audio for the bonus CD Ready For This? was recorded with a band & string quartet at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I am Ready for This November 26, 2010
By Jeremy
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Tim Minchin is a rare sort of individual. On paper it's difficult to figure out just what to make of him: is he a musical comedian, or a comedic musician? The truth is that he effortlessly combines the two disciplines, and the resulting performance is greater than the sum of its parts.

Minchin's humor can be at times acerbic, but he's capable of injecting an element of poignancy into even the most brutally cynical song. This album highlights some of his more popular work; his songs here range from rapid-fire, almost rap-like rhyming to drop dead simple refrains, and he readily wanders between musical genres.

One gets the sense that Minchin is a very thoughtful individual, and that he has a deep respect for logic. I believe him to be at his best when he's poking fun at commonly held, irrational quirks of human nature like religion or love, and I think he's got several great examples of this on this album (such as "The Good Book" or "If I Didn't Have You").

Not every track here is a winner, though. When Minchin strays away from big subjects, he comes across as less thoughtful and sometimes a bit ridiculous ("Bears Don't Dig on Dancing", I'm looking at you). Even buried in the goofball songs, though, you can appreciate Minchin's clever turns of phrases and absolute utter disregard for meeting musical expectations.

Bottom line: if you're looking for some clever musical humor, I think Minchin's one of the best there is right now. It's a rather sparsely populated niche, but Minchin surely fills it nicely.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Tim Minchin is by far one of the wittiest and most talented musicians I've heard...and his stuff is very hard to come by. Fortunately, this download showcases some of Minchin's best stuff, ranging over several styles. The common thread running through all of Minchin's work are his sharp, clever lyrics that can surprise you, turning on a dime from whimsical to poignant. If you don't have a sense of humor about things religious or theological, and don't possess an otherwise open mind, this might not be your thing. But for those of us of a more skeptical and irreverant bent, this album is pure gold. And "White Wine in the Sun" now stands alone as an all-time favorite Christmas song. And like Minchin, I quite LIKE other Christmas songs (see my review of Midwinter Night's Dream (Dig) as evidence) to begin with.

I can't praise "Ready for This?" enough. It's one of the few albums I play over and over in its entirety rather than just downloading a couple of favorite songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing October 27, 2011
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Nothing can compare to seeing Tim Minchin live, but this is as close as you're going to get in your own living room. Ready For This? is the show he did a couple of years ago and the songs are available on YouTube, but the DVD lets you see the whole show in high quality on a big screen. It includes the stand-up comedy and interaction with the audience that's an integral part of the fun.

The songs are all great, but they vary a lot in their musical style and their type of humor. Two of my favorites are Dark Side and Canvas Bags, which both poke fun at pretentious rock stars. He also makes fun of himself, which is particularly amusing in The Song For Phil Daoust, who is a journalist who wrote a scathing review of Tim's first show in the U.K. There are also silly songs like Bears Don't Dig on Dancing and touching songs like White Wine in the Sun.

This DVD includes the animated version of the beat poem Storm, which is a big hit on YouTube. It's a delight for skeptics like myself who get annoyed with nonsense. In addition to the DVD which was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, there is a CD of the show which was recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Minchin's work is not for everyone. If you are very religious, prudish or intolerant of bad language you probably won't enjoy his performance. If you prefer intelligent, lyrically dense, original comedy, then this is the DVD for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great December 27, 2011
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I got this DVD/CD combo for my brother as a Christmas present and he loved it! We both did really. We've seen this guy live and love all his songs and jokes. The condition was great and even though it's in more of a cd like case it still looks great as well. Love this product!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Quirky November 8, 2011
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Tim Minchin manages to provide the same consistent entertainment as we've come to expect. As someone who was very familiar with the artists work I still found this item to be highly enjoyable and even contained a few things I hadn't seen before. If you want to laugh as hard as you've ever laughed and get stuck on some suprisingly catchy tunes then this is for you. The only caveat to this is that if you are a religious person you will probably be fairly offended. You may want to watch "the good book" on youtube before you buy this as a litmus test.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 17, 2010
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If you could only get one song from this collection, White Wine in the Sun would be well worth the price of the whole CD. It's a new Christmas classic and it's already in my playlist for next Christmas morning. But there's so many other gems in this as well. I burst into Canvas Bags at the drop of a hat. My only complaint is the lack of more collections I could buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Comedy Song Albums of the Ages
Probably one of the funniest and most thought-provoking I've heard in ages. Tim Minchin isn't just outrageous and outlandish, he also makes jokes about how deep he isn't and then... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and thought provoking
I've seen/heard Tim Minchin's work here and there. I had this on my wish list for a long time and just decided to buy it one day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by England
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Minchin
Great songs from a brilliant singer-songwriter. He is truly one of the treasures of our time. So clever, so thoughtful, so witty.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Littman
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
My husband and I seen this on TV one evening and he is a funny man. Husband liked it so much I had to buy him this CD and DVD.
Published 2 months ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Tim Minchin is a very talented Musician, Actor and Comedian! Ready For This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking work.
Published 3 months ago by Jack Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Cleverly Written Lyrics to Songs that question our concept of...
Cannot say enough about Tim Minchin. This man is funny, intelligent, silly and serious. His music and stand up not only makes you laugh, it makes you uncomfortable, it makes you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luna Bleu
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like "Matilda", you'll like this
Tim Minchin is the kind of song writer that comes along very, very rarely. Able to write catchy music with withering and smart lyrics, and well as sentimental. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bruce A
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Minchin rocks!
I saw Tim Minchin for the first time just recently, on Showtime, and thought he was great. He is an amazing talent but apparently not that well known in the US. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jan hendrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
My dad adores Tim Minchin, so it was the perfect Christmas present for him. He thinks it's hilarious, and has listened to the CD and watched the DVD. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jess
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tim MInchin
The CD/DVD pack is a good combo. Both are hilarious and it's nice to have the CD for the car. I got this one because I have had trouble finding Tim Minchin DVDs in the correct... Read more
Published 8 months ago by D.D. Popcorn
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DVD or CD?
Yeah, I have the same question. I want to get his DVD performances but they don't really sell them here in the states. Just the CD and the stand-up bits are some of the funniest things I've heard in years from a pianist/singer. If they kept those bits on the recordings of the audio CD, I wouldn't... Read More
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