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Rize Of The Fenix (Vinyl LP)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (May 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007D7H47A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,561 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rize of the Fenix
2. Low Hangin Fruit
3. Classical Teacher
4. Senorita
5. Deth Starr
6. Roadie
7. Flutes and Trombones
8. Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Kage
9. Throwdown
10. Rock Is Dead
11. They Fucked Our Asses
12. To Be The Best
13. 39

Editorial Reviews

Rize of the Fenix is the third album from Tenacious D and is the follow-up to 2006's gold The Pick of Destiny and 2001's platinum debut album Tenacious D.

Produced by the brilliant John Kimbrough, Rize Of The Fenix was recorded in the garage behind his LA home and features Jack Black and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D's core duo), performing with Dave Grohl (drums), John Spiker (bass, piano, organ) and John Konesky (electric guitar). The album was engineered and mixed by John Spiker who has been touring with the band for years.

From their concentrated effort emerged thirteen profoundly evocative tracks, the making of which the band describes as a "journey similar to that of Gandolph in The Lord of the Rings". When the ill received Pick of Destiny movie failed to strike box office gold, it virtually stripped away the duos rock god stature overnight. "There we no more bouncers waving us through the velvet ropes, we were persona non gratta" said singer Jack Black. Kyle Gass added, "There we were- just like Gandolph the grey, down in the muck- but we never gave up, We defeated our own personal demons and began chipping away, slowly climbing back to the land of the living- when we emerged we were no longer the old Tenacious D, we were Gandolph the white, with new powers and wisdom and bravery and skills".

Rize of the Fenix was recorded over the past six years as Tenacious D went back to their roots. "We recorded down and dirty in a friend's garage with a shoestring budget of 600 dollars, much like Nirvana's first album "Bleach"-or the Beatles first album "Help". Rough and yet a masterpiece."

This album is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and includes a digital download redemption card and bonus 12 x24 poster.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cover art complaint June 30, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The album deserves 5 stars. It is a matured Tenacious D, still retaining their edge and humor and chops. Give it multiple listenings before setting your opinion in stone.

If you buy it here, however, the cover art has been pixeled out. EVEN IF you bought the mp3 album labeled "Explicit," you will receive files with the cover art pixeled out, as it is depicted here. The pixeled version, not the original art, will show up on your iPod.

If I am buying an album clearly labeled "Explicit," chances are I expect to receive the original artwork as well, not a bowdlerized version. Amazon should replace the faulty artwork with the original for those buying the clearly labeled "Explicit" version.

For heaven's sake, there IS a version of the cover art that features Jack and Kyle. If I wanted a squeaky-clean, Sunday-school version of this album, I'd have bought THAT, also available at Amazon (though, interestingly, the bowdlerized version is more than twice as expensive here).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...And the D was...Just Getting Started! May 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This could be - and I'm still mulling this over as of yet - Tenacious D's best album to date. For me, it doesn't have the same addictive, "short but sweet" vibe as P.O.D, but it's certainly the strongest thing they've done. It branches out, it experiments, and each track has something new to add to the table. Don't worry though, it still has many traits of the classic D. It has that effortless, smooth rhythm that defines their sound.

1) Rize of the Fenix - A great opening song. Slow melodic start, and then the speed picks up and...The D is back! There's nothing amazingly different about it but it sure as hell reminds you just why you love the band. Reminds me of "City Hall", and that's certainly not a bad thing!

2) Low Hanging Fruit - This one is interesting. It's unusually fast for this band. It expands their talents and manages to be very addictive too. What's more, it has that balance of soft acoustic and distorted electric guitar which melds together for great effect.

3) Classical Teacher - The first skit of the album. You'll have to make up your own mind about this...humour is subjective. What the hell am I saying, you're a D fan! Funny stuff!

4) Senorita - Another new sound. I've just been reminded why I love Kyle's guitar-playing. At this point we're seeing some serious variety. The explosive ending is classic Tenacious D.

5) Deth Starr - Nice relaxing opening, then BANG! Addictive, fast-paced riffs and smooth flowing vocals from Mr Jack Black. You'll be singing along with this one, I guarantee.

6) Roadie - This one seems to be getting a lot of praise, but it doesn't do much for me. Objectively, I can see that it's a good song, but for me, there's nothing captivating about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gets better the more you listen May 24, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
IN SHORT: Buy this album -- it's tremendous! Listen to it a lot and it will grow on you (like the blurred out giant evil 'fenix' on the album cover ;)

LONGER REVIEW: I couldn't wait for this album to come out. I set aside the evening, prepared -- stereo cranked up, on my fourth or fifth drink, etc. -- and listened straight through paying close attention. My first impression wasn't great to be honest -- I thought it was a little "soft". I almost wrote a knee-jerk negative review saying the D had lost it etc. Instead I went to bed. The next day I listened to the album again but in the background at a lower volume. It started getting its hooks into me. That was last week, and I've now listened to the album a dozen times or so. I've also done a "comprehensive review" of the D recently -- I've listened to the other 2 albums a bunch of times and rewatched everything including the POD movie. My conclusion? "The Rize of the Fenix" is a very rich, multi-layered and creative album. Dare I say it's really "mature," in the sense that JB & KG's songwriting has evolved to encompass a wider variety of styles. Don't worry -- it's still really vulgar, profane and hilarious, but the scope is wider in my opinion. "39," and "The Ballad Of Hollywood Jack And The Rage Kage" stand out in this regard (anyone else hear Neil Diamond in there?) And I don't mean that they've half-assed tried to write songs in genres other than metal/rock in order to appear creative and diverse but ended up contriving some BS. Not at all. They've upped the ante and successfully produced a complex and advanced masterpiece. The impression I get is that they are far from complacent -- they've worked their asses off in the interim and pushed their own limits and it paid off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad and not too good. May 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I love the D. I'm actually seeing them for the second time on their Fenix tour. However, this album is mediocre compared to the first two. It is a short album (I got the Best Buy edition with two extra tracks which makes it feel more like their previous works in terms of length). Here's a simple breakdown:

Pros:
-Tracks "Rize of the Fenix," "Roadie," "To Be the Best," and a few others are standouts. "Roadie" I think is one of their best songs of all time.
-The actual music is good in terms of diversity. Different styles, genres, tempos, etc. all appear on the album. The song "39" is a great example of the reaching out a bit (a sort of old-country-ish ballad).

Cons:
-Length is short (as I mentioned earlier).
-Skits. There's only two. They're great, but again, only two. Where's the "small seasoned curlies" and "one song in the bank...next song"?
-There's some duds on here that are not terribly funny nor great as just a song. Though nothing on the album I would classify as terrible, "Throw Down" "Low Hanging Fruit" and "Rivers of Brown (BB Bonus Track)" are pretty forgettable.

I've only had the album a week, but I know every word and fluctuation in Jack's voice on the previous albums. I have a feeling that won't be happening with this one...worth buying though if you're an above average to fanatic D fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best ALBUM ever! JB and Rage Cage finally one up themselves!
Published 7 days ago by Jeremy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I've had this on CD but it's better on vinyl! well done, nice packing, fast shipping - very pleased
Published 1 month ago by Pattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Greatness
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the D
If you love the D, you have to own this CD. It's the classic D but with a little more life behind those lyrics. Read more
Published 2 months ago by NiceMarmot
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a gatefold D:
I honestly like gatefolds a hella lot more. but it comes with a sexy poster :P and a digital mp3 download card for one of your friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for fans
Classic tenacious d with more comedy and laughs as well as great tunes. I don't buy music much but this album was one I had to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lively
2.0 out of 5 stars Jack and KG are More Talented than This
Like many fans, I eagerly awaited the D's triumphant return in 2012 and probably got a tad too excited for Rise of the Fenix. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
I love the D !!!!!! Great album . I would recomed this for anyone who likes J.B. and The Rage Kage !!!!
Published 7 months ago by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album
This is just a good album plain and simple. Every song is either good or really good. I was happy to see they went back to having some comedy skits in between songs too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by jeremy wadkins
1.0 out of 5 stars They sold this just to make a quick buck
I LOVE all of Tenacious D's previous work. But you gotta call it like it is, this CD is just terrible. It doesn't even remotely come close to their old work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Malek
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My order did not come with a CD. It came with a digital download code. Unfortunately for me, the code downloaded the "Clean" Version. I specifically ordered and received the Explicit version on Vinyl. I emailed Sony, probably wont get a response but just so you're aware that a CD... Read More
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