Monkey: Journey to the West

Journey to the West Poster

Monkey: Journey to the West began as an opera by Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett & Chen Shi-Zheng. It retold the story of the novel Journey to the West, with Damon & Jamie’s own influences; most notably the Japanese show Saiyūki (Monkey!). When shows would be performed, audiences asked if the soundtrack was available to buy, which led to Damon recording studio renditions of his score. However, he decided to rework each song into the style of Gorillaz; making it (in Damon’s words) a Gorillaz album in every aspect apart from the name. The opera ran from 2007 to 2009, with a brief return in 2013.

Music | Videos | Books


MUSIC

Journey to the West

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Release date: 18th August 2008

Formats: Digital / CD / 12″ Vinyl

A studio adaptation of the opera’s score, reworking the music as if it was meant to be a Gorillaz album.

Tracklist:

  1. Monkey’s World
  2. Monkey Travels
  3. Into the Eastern Sea
  4. The Living Sea
  5. The Dragon King
  6. The Iron Rod
  7. Out of the Eastern Sea
  8. Heavenly Peach Banquet
  9. 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

Monkey Bee

Monkey Bee

Release date: 2008

Formats: CD (Promo)

The only single from Journey to the West.

Tracklist:

  1. Monkey Bee (Radio Edit)
  2. Monkey Bee

Monkey Bee (Remixes)

Monkey Bee (Remixes)

Release date: 22nd December 2008

Formats: Digital

Tracklist:

  1. Monkey Bee (Radio Edit)
  2. Heavenly Peach Banquet
  3. Monkey Bee (Kwes. Remix)
  4. Monkey Bee (Diplo Remix)

Later…Live 2 with Jools Holland

Later...Live 2 with Jools Holland

Release date: 12th October 2009

Formats: CD

A live performance of Monkey’s World on a Jools Holland compilation.

Track:

Disc 2 –

16.  Monkey’s World


VIDEOS

Monkey Bee (Music Video)

Journey to the East

This short was commissioned by the BBC for their coverage of the Beijing 2008 Olympics; it uses the song Journey to Beijing (TV Theme Song) and went on to win a BAFTA.

Feature One

National Geographic

YouTube Takeover

Intro.

The Making of Monkey

The Making of Monkey Bee


BOOKS

Journey to the West Booklet

Journey to the West Booklet

Release date: 25th August 2008

This booklet features artwork, lyrics & interviews for Monkey: Journey to the West. It’s included with Journey to the West (Deluxe Edition).

Journey to the West Artbook

Journey to the West Artbook

Release date: 8th December 2008

This features art & sketches for Monkey: Journey to the West. It’s included with Journey to the West (Art Edition).

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