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Monkey: Journey To The West

An album based on Monkey: Journey To The West opera score.

CD cover
Covers for different versions

Released: 18 August 2008

All release dates

Highest UK Chart Position: 5


CD Cat. No. XLCD 388
Ltd Vinyl Box Set "Deluxe" VF001
Ltd Vinyl Box Set "Art" VF002

Other Countries & Formats
US CD Promo XLCD 388
Japanese CD WPCB-10094
Taiwanese CD HN551CD

Record labels:

UK: XL Recordings
US: XL Recordings
Japan: Warner Music Japan
Taiwan: High Note Records

"Flames stop the path to the west..."
- March Of The Iron Army


 01. Monkey's World
 02. Monkey Travels
 03. Into The Eastern Sea
 04. The Living Sea
 05. The Dragon King
 06. Iron Rod
 07. Out Of The Eastern Sea
 08. Heavenly Peach Banquet
 09. Battle In Heaven
 10. O Mi To Fu
 11. Whisper
 12. Tripitaka's Curse
 13. Confessions Of A Pig
 14. Sandy The River Demon
 15. March Of The Volunteers
 16. The White Skeleton Demon
 17. Monk's Song
 18. I Love Buddha
 19. March Of The Iron Army
 20. Pigsy In Space
 21. Monkey Bee
 22. Disappearing Volcano

* Japanese version features two bonus tracks: "Monkey Bee (Radio Edit)" and "Journey To Beijing".

* Download comes with a free digital album booklet and wallpapers when bought through the official Monkey online shop.

Box sets:

* There are two special box set editions of the album crafted and sold by The Vinyl Factory: "Deluxe" and "Art". The purchase of either of these also included a download of the album.

* "Deluxe" box set contains a 68-page booklet and a poster. The release is sold for 65 and was originally limited to 2,500 copies (repressed since then).

* "Art" box set contains six exclusive tracks:

   * 5 Point Star
   * Living Sea Introduction
   * The Dragon Queen
   * Buddha's Palm
   * Monk's Funeral
   * Volcano

Priced at 255 and limited to 2,000 copies, "Art" edition features a 80-page hardback book and four art prints (one signed by Jamie Hewlett). The first 500 orders also received a special Monkey Om Box playing tones composed by Damon Albarn.

Additional releases:

* Monkey Bee Remixes EP was released in late 2008. Also, a CD Promo featuring a radio edit and an album version of "Monkey Bee" was released in the UK.

* A short film for "Monkey Bee" was directed by Jamie Hewlett and released on YouTube.

* Instrumental version of the album was distributed by Chrysalis Music as
CD Promo and US Double CD-R Promo.

* Free MP3 downloads:
- BBC offered their Olympics theme tune ("Journey To Beijing") through their website in August 2008.
- "Monkey Bee (Nosaj Thing Remix)" was downloadable from Lincoln Center's SoundCloud in July 2013.

Liner notes
Credits inside the album booklet.


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