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Matching Tie & Handkerchief

Monty Python

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Album Review

The group's third studio album in its original packaging is a find for fans of vinyl trickery: the B-side contains two continuous tracks, leaving the stylus a 50-50 chance at playing the track you want. The group reprises several skits from the show ("Bruces," "Cheese Shop") without the hindrance of playing to a live audience: in essence, lightning fast and witty to boot. Most of the Pythons came from a tradition of radio skit comedy, so they are not out of their depth, and as liable to play with the conventions of recorded sound as Firesign Theatre, their American contemporaries (though the Pythons never attempted on record anything like the concept albums of Firesign). Of the originals, "Novel Writing" (literature broadcast as sport) and "Word Association Football" (John Cleese at his densest) are winners. Ex-Bonzo Dog Band member Neil Innes also provides music on the bizarre "Backgroud to History" in which dissertations on Medieval English farming are sung in the style of Bob Marley, Gary Glitter, and Joe Cocker. [The 2007 Sony Legacy edition includes bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

this is good

well i like. it is just such a classic monty python album. Record shop is my favorite.

Another Classic Collection

Well, I'm spoiled by the older Python records. When this one is released as an iTunes Plus album, I'll download it. Contains some of the most classic and quotable Python material available, plus four tracks that were never on the original three-sided album! A fourth side! Free! Tee hee! Oh it's written in the village rolls, That if one plough-team wants an oxen, And that oxen is lent, Then the villeins and the ploughmen got to have the lord's consent!

There is only one thing worse in the world than being witty...

And that is NOT being witty. AHAHAHAHAHAHHAA! This album is a classic, with history, culinary and literature lessons to boot.


Genre: Comedy

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Fusing the topical satire of David Frost with the surreal outlandishness of The Goon Show, the Monty Python's Flying Circus troupe formed in England in 1969. Comprised of British performers John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Graham Chapman, along with American animator Terry Gilliam, the group emerged as an international cult phenomenon, honing its singular blend...
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