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Monty Python CD boxHere’s something that’ll hit your doorstep like a giant animated foot: Virgin is releasing a CD and vinyl box set of albums by the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python.

The classic BBC comedy sketch series, which ran from 1969 to 1974 and made stars of John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, has had an immeasurable influence on pop culture ever since, from films (Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life) to instant quotables and images (dead parrots, silly walks), to music (“Lumberjack Song,” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life“) and stage (Holy Grail was adapted into the smash Broadway musical SPAMalot). The five surviving members (sans Chapman, who died in 1989) will reunite at London’s O2 Arena for a limited run of sold-out reunion shows (despite some public protests from Gilliam).

Fans who can’t make the shows can at least enjoy a new nine-disc compilation encompassing all of the band’s original U.K. albums from 1970 to 1983. (The U.S. only Live At City Center (1976) is omitted.) Both boxes (the CD edition featuring a folder to keep all the discs in, and the vinyl version replicating each original LP sleeve), according to an official statement,
were cut with an all analogue signal path from the original 1/4″ master tapes where available. Both editions also contain a case bound book with new liner notes with a foreword by Michael Palin, original Monty Python artwork, archive photos and an original Terry Gilliam-designed full colour slipcase.” (The CD edition also features all the included bonus tracks from a series of U.K. reissues in 2006.)

As a special bonus, each version contains a 45 RPM single of Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing, originally released as a flexidisc in 1974 to promote the release of Monty Python Live At Drury Lane.

If this is too much Python for you, however, there’s still products to pique your interest after the jump!

Monty Python Sings AgainReleased in 1989, Monty Python Sings was a definitive single-disc compilation of the group’s sonic output, featuring several rare and unreleased tracks (“Oliver Cromwell,” “I’ve Got Two Legs,” remixes/extensions of “The Lumberjack Song,” “Medical Love Song” and “Henry Kissinger”). Twenty-five years later, as a taster for the forthcoming shows, it will be released as Monty Python Sings (again) with six more unreleased bonus tracks. (A double-disc deluxe edition will feature the group’s 1970 debut album as a bonus disc.) Separate CD reissues of the group’s albums (save Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Live At Drury Lane) will also be issued.

Pre-orders for all discs and boxes (available to the U.S. as U.K. imports) are all live; these will be in stores June 30 in their native country. Check them out below!

Monty Python’s Total Rubbish (Virgin/UMC, 2014)

CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1: Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBC Records REB 73M (U.K.)/Pye Records 12116 (U.S.), 1970)

  1. Flying Sheep
  2. A Man with Three Buttocks
  3. Crunchy Frog (Trade Description Act)
  4. Nudge Nudge Wink Wink
  5. The Mouse Problem
  6. Buying a Bed
  7. Interesting People
  8. Barber Shop Sketch (The Barber)
  9. Lumberjack Song
  10. Interview
  11. Arthur Two Sheds
  12. Children’s Stories
  13. Visitors
  14. Albatross
  15. Mr Hilter
  16. The North Minehead By-Election
  17. Me, Doctor
  18. Dead Parrot Sketch
  19. Self Defence

Disc 2: Another Monty Python Record (Charisma CAS 1049, 1970 (U.K.)/1972 (U.S.))

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Introduction (Part 1)
  2. Introduction (Apology)
  3. Spanish Inquisition (Part 1) (Extended)
  4. Gumby Theatre
  5. Contradiction
  6. Abattoire
  7. Spanish Inquisition (Part 2)
  8. Ethel the Frog
  9. Mary Queen of Scots (Extended)
  10. Spanish Inquisition (Ending) (Extended)
  11. Sound Quiz
  12. Be a Great Actor
  13. Neville Shunt
  14. Festival Hall Emille
  15. Spam Sketch
  16. Spam Song (Edit)
  17. Camp Judges
  18. Stake Your Claim
  19. Lifeboat
  20. Camp Judges (Part 2)
  21. Undertaker 1:40
  22. Knees Up Mother Brown Sketch
  23. Treadmill Lager
  24. Bishop At Home (Mr. Stoddard)
  25. Court Room Sketch
  26. Undertaker (Dead Bishops on the Landing)

Disc 3: Monty Python’s Previous Record (Charisma CAS 1063, 1972 (U.K.)/1973 (U.S.))

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Introduction
  2. Are You Embarrassed Easily?
  3. A Book At Bedtime
  4. England 1747 Denis Moore
  5. Money Program
  6. Money Song
  7. Denis Moore (Part 2)
  8. Denis Moore Song (Robin Hood Theme)
  9. Australian Table Wine
  10. Denis Moore Song (Robin Hood Theme) (Part 2)
  11. Argument (Edit)
  12. How to Do It
  13. Denis Moore Song (Robin Hood Theme) (Part 3)
  14. Pepperpots
  15. Personal Freedom
  16. Denis Moore Song (Robin Hood Theme) (Part 4)
  17. Eric the Half a Bee Sketch
  18. Eric the Half a Bee
  19. What Do You Do Quiz
  20. Travel Agent
  21. Massage from the Swedish Prime Minister
  22. Silly Noises
  23. An Elk Sketch
  24. Yangtse Kiang Sketch
  25. Yangtse Kiang Song
  26. Massage from the Swedish Prime Minister (Part 2)
  27. A Minute Past
  28. 1972 Eclipse of the Sun
  29. Alistair Cook Attacked by a Duck
  30. Wonderful World of Sound
  31. Certified Stiff
  32. Massage from the Swedish Prime Minister (Part 3)
  33. Happy Valley
  34. Baxter’s
  35. Meteorology
  36. Blood, Devastation, War & Horror
  37. The Great Debate
  38. Mortuary Visit
  39. Flying Fox of the Yard
  40. Is There
  41. Teach Yourself Heath
  42. The Book Ad
  43. Big Red Bowl
  44. Pepperpots (Part 2)
  45. Pellagra

Tracks 34-45 from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 70053 2 3, 2006

Disc 4: Monty Python’s Matching Tie and Handkerchief (Charisma CAS 1080, 1973 (U.K.)/Arista AL5-8080, 1975 (U.S.))

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Election Forum
  2. Dead Bishops/Rats
  3. Elephantoplasty
  4. Novel Writing
  5. Word Association
  6. Bruce’s Sketch
  7. Bruce’s Song
  8. Ralph Mellish
  9. Doctor Quote
  10. Cheese Emporium
  11. Wasp/Tiger Club
  12. Raspberry
  13. Great Actors
  14. Background to History
  15. Record Shop
  16. First World War
  17. Mrs Niggerbaiter
  18. Oscar Wilde
  19. Pet Shop
  20. Phone In
  21. Psychopath
  22. TelePrompter Football Results
  23. Radio Tuning Radio 4 – Announcer Graham Chapman/Radio Time Announcer Terry Jones
  24. Radio Shop

Tracks 21-24 from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 75716 2 0, 2006

Disc 5: Monty Python Live At The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (Charisma CLASS 4 (U.K.), 1974)

  1. Introduction
  2. Llamas (Including ‘Granada’)
  3. Gumby Flower Arranging
  4. Terry Jones Link
  5. Secret Service
  6. Wrestling
  7. Communist Quiz (Including ‘World In Action’)
  8. Idiot Song
  9. Albatross
  10. Nudge Nudge
  11. Silly Noises
  12. Cocktail Bar
  13. Travel Agent
  14. Spot the Brain Cell
  15. Bruce’s Song
  16. Argument Song
  17. Four Yorkshiremen
  18. Election Special (Medley)
  19. Lumberjack Song
  20. Theme Song ‘Liberty Bell’
  21. Parrot Sketch
  22. Theme Song ‘Liberty Bell’ (Part 2)
  23. UK Tour Interview Promo (bonus track from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 75718 2 8, 2006)

Disc 6: The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and The Holy Grail (Executive Version) (Charisma CAS 1103 (U.K.)/Arista AL5-8157 (U.S.), 1975)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Introduction (Monty Python and The Holy Grail)
  2. Introduction (Part 2) (Monty Python and The Holy Grail)
  3. Arrival At Castle
  4. Constitutional Peasants
  5. Witch Burning
  6. Logician
  7. Camelot
  8. Camelot Song
  9. Arthur and God
  10. Classic (Silbury Hill)
  11. French Castle
  12. Announcement (Monty Python and The Holy Grail)
  13. Apology (Monty Python and The Holy Grail)
  14. So Far
  15. Brave Sir Robin
  16. The Knights Who Say “Ni”
  17. Classic (Silbury Hill) (Part 2)
  18. Marilyn Monroe
  19. Sir Lancelot & Swamp
  20. Tim the Enchanter
  21. Drama Critic
  22. Hand Grenade of Antioch
  23. Announcement (Monty Python and The Holy Grail) (Part 2)
  24. End of Quest
  25. Arthur’s Song
  26. Documentary – Terry Jones and Michael Palin
  27. Run Away Song

Tracks 25-27 from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 70050 2 6, 2006. Master is identical to this pressing (previous CD reissues featured extended or extra tracks).

Disc 7: Monty Python’s Life of Brian: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Warner Bros. K 56751 (U.K.)/BSK 3396 (U.S.), 1979)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Introduction
  2. Brian Song
  3. The Wise Men At The Manger
  4. Brian Song (Part 2)
  5. Sermon on the Mount (Big Nose)
  6. Stone Salesman
  7. Stoning
  8. Ex-Leper
  9. You Mean You Were Raped? (Nortius Maximus)
  10. Link to Revolutionaries in the Amphitheatre (Loretta)
  11. Revolutionaries in the Amphitheatre (Loretta)
  12. Romans Go Home
  13. What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?
  14. Ben
  15. Brian Before Pilate (Throw Him to the Floor)
  16. Prophets
  17. Beard Salesman
  18. Brian’s Prophecy
  19. The Hermit
  20. He’s Not The Messiah
  21. He’s a Very Naughty Boy
  22. Pilate Sentences Brian
  23. Nisus Wettus
  24. Pilate with the Crowd (Welease Wodger)
  25. Nisus Wettus with The Gaolers
  26. Release Brian
  27. Not So Bad Once You’re Up
  28. Revs Salute Brian
  29. Cheeky is Released
  30. Mandy to Her Son
  31. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (All Things Dull and Ugly)
  32. Otto Sketch
  33. Otto Song
  34. Otto Song Demo (Python Sings)
  35. Brian Song – Alternate Version
  36. Radio Ad – Record Shop
  37. Radio Ad – Twice As Good

Tracks 32-37 from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 75722 2 1, 2006

Disc 8: Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album (Charisma CAS 1152 (U.K.)/Arista AL5-8182 (U.S.), 1980)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Sit on My Face
  2. Announcement
  3. Henry Kissinger
  4. String
  5. Never Be Rude to An Arab
  6. I Like Chinese
  7. The Bishop
  8. Medical Love Song
  9. Finland
  10. I’m So Worried
  11. I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the Radio
  12. Martyrdom of St. Victor
  13. Here Comes Another One
  14. Bookshop
  15. Do What John
  16. Rock Notes
  17. Muddy Knees
  18. Crocodile
  19. Decomposing Composers
  20. Bells
  21. Traffic Lights
  22. All Things Dull and Ugly
  23. A Scottish Farewell
  24. Contractual Obligation – Terry Jones And Graham Chapman Promotional Interview
  25. Radio Ad Obligation (Promo)
  26. Medical Love Song (Alternate Demo Version)
  27. I’m So Worried (Demo Version)

Tracks 24-27 from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 75721 2 2, 2006

Disc 9: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (MCA Records 6121 (U.K./U.S.), 1983)

Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

  1. Intro (The Meaning of Life)
  2. Fish (Morning)
  3. The Meaning of Life
  4. (Part One) The Miracle of Birth
  5. MP Link
  6. (Part Two) The Third World (Yorkshire)
  7. Every Sperm is Sacred
  8. Bloody Catholics
  9. Link (Martin Luther)
  10. (Part Three) Growth and Learning
  11. (Part Four) Fighting Each Other
  12. Terry Gilliam Introduction
  13. Accountancy Shanty
  14. (Part Five) Live Organ Transplants (Galaxy Song)
  15. (Part Six) The Autumn Years (The Not Noel Coward Song)
  16. (Part Seven) Death (Christmas in Heaven)
  17. MP Link (Dedication to Fish)
  18. Intro Title Song Demo Meaning of Life – Piano Version
  19. Alternate Intro Title Song Meaning of Life – Band Version
  20. Fat Song – Deleted Intro to Mr. Creosote Sketch
  21. Alternate Christmas in Heaven Song
  22. Radio Ad – Philisophers Corner
  23. Radio Ad – Officer
  24. Radio Ad – German Translation
  25. Greasy Hair
  26. Dino Viccotti
  27. Stretch the Script
  28. Grand Prix
  29. Hard of Thinking

Tracks 18-29 from U.K. CD reissue – EMI 09463 75723 2 0, 2006

Vinyl Bonus 7″: Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing (Charisma SO 1259 (U.K.), 1974)

  1. D.P. Gumby Presents “Election ’74”
  2. Lumberjack Song

Monty Python Sings (again)(originally released as Virgin (U.K.), 1989 – reissued Virgin/UMC (U.K.), 2014)

1CD Standard Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.
2CD Deluxe Edition: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.

Disc 1 (* denotes previously unreleased bonus track)

  1. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
  2. The Meaning of Life
  3. The Silly Walk Song *
  4. Penis Song (Not the Noel Coward Song)
  5. Money Song
  6. Oliver Cromwell
  7. Accountancy Shanty
  8. Finland
  9. Medical Love Song
  10. I’m So Worried
  11. Every Sperm is Sacred
  12. I Like Chinese
  13. The Naval Medley *
  14. Sit on My Face
  15. Never Be Rude to An Arab
  16. Eric the Half-a-Bee
  17. Brian Song
  18. Rudyard Kipling *
  19. Nudge Rap/Blackmail *
  20. Bruces’ Philosophers Song (Bruces’ Song)
  21. Knights of the Round Table (Camelot Song)
  22. All Things Dull and Ugly
  23. Decomposing Composers
  24. Henry Kissinger
  25. I’ve Got Two Legs
  26. Rainy Day in Berlin *
  27. Christmas in Heaven *
  28. Galaxy Song
  29. Spam Song
  30. Lousy Song *
  31. Lumberjack Song

Disc 2: Monty Python’s Flying Circus (BBC Records REB 73M (U.K.)/Pye Records 12116 (U.S.), 1970) (deluxe edition only)

Monty Python LP box

Written by Mike Duquette

June 24, 2014 at 13:28

4 Responses

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  1. What, no “Rutland Weekend Television” album? 😛


    June 24, 2014 at 14:03

  2. Oh boy. How I would love to have this!


    June 24, 2014 at 17:08

  3. Already on my birthday wish list! Fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………………..


    June 25, 2014 at 13:01

  4. There are some real gems among the bonus tracks on the 2006 remasters, but I wish the Pythons would get all their recorded rarities in one place. “Farewell to John Denver,” edited out of “Contractual Obligation Album,” is digitally available only on the U.S. version of “Instant Record Collection,” I believe. “Summarized Proust Competition,” meanwhile, appears only on the U.K. version of the compilation by the same name (despite the shared titles, the collections are very different) – I’m not sure either version remains in print.

    It’s puzzling that the CD reissues don’t include the script that came with the first copies of “Another Monty Python Record.” The liner notes to “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” mention the gruesome inner sleeve artwork – but the packaging doesn’t include the actual artwork in question! Sometimes it’s important to involve the nerds in these decisions. (See also the sometimes botched selection of unique mixes for the Beatles “U.S. Albums” collection.)

    Quibbles aside, the albums comprise an often overlooked side of the Pythons’ legacy (as do the books, but this isn’t The Second Page so I won’t go into that).

    Steve Bruun

    June 26, 2014 at 19:16

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