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Monty Python – Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album

Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
Monty Python – Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album
Charisma Records | 1980 | Comedy | MP3 | CBR 192 kbps | 44:53 | 68 MB
Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album (or simply Contractual Obligation Album) is an album released by Monty Python in 1980. It contains a mixture of mainly songs, some new sketches, and some pre-Python work (rerecorded). As the title suggests, the album was put together to complete a contract with Charisma Records.

Two tracks on the album caused controversy when first released.

The lead track, “Sit on My Face” was sung to the tune of “Sing as We Go”, a song made famous by Gracie Fields, and reportedly its inclusion led to legal threats against the Python team for copyright infringement over the melody. Nonetheless, the song was retained on the album and was later lip-synched by the troupe as the opening of Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.

“Farewell to John Denver,” which contained a few bars of Eric Idle impersonating John Denver singing “Annie’s Song” (followed by the sound of the singer being strangled) was removed from subsequent pressings of the album on legal advice (reports differ as to whether it had to do with the licensing of “Annie’s Song” or the depiction of the popular singer being murdered), and was replaced by an apology spoken by Terry Jones. Later CD releases of the album, however, reinstated the John Denver track.

Tracklisting

01 – Sit On My Face
02 – Announcement
03 – Henry Kissinger
04 – String
05 – Never Be Rude To An Arab
06 – I Like Chinese
07 – Bishop
08 – Medical Love Song
09 – Farewell To John Denver (Omitted On Legal Advice)
10 – Finland
11 – I’m So Worried
12 – I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song On The Radio
13 – Martydom Of St. Victor
14 – Here Comes Another One
15 – Bookshop
16 – Do What John
17 – Rock Notes
18 – Muddy Knees
19 – Crocodile
20 – Decomposing Composers
21 – Bells
22 – Traffic Lights
23 – All Things Dull And Ugly
24 – A Scottish Farewell

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Monty Python – Monty Python’s Hastily Cobbled Together For A Fast Buck Album

Monty Python
Monty Python – Monty Python’s Hastily Cobbled Together For A Fast Buck Album

Unknown label | 1981 | Comedy | MP3 VBR, avg 192 kbps | 58:48 | 87 MB |Total Time: 58:48 | Size: 87 MB (incl. 10% Recovery record)

Despite the title, this 1981 album was never actually released to the public for a fast buck. Andre Jacquemin, who put together much of the Pythons’ album work, cobbled this album together from material which had been recorded for other albums (mostly the Contractual Obligation Album) but not used. It was given by Michael Palin to the band Motorhead as a gift, and has found its way, unofficially, into the hands of fans, but has never been sold in stores. A lot of fans think it’s about as good as Contractual Obligation.

The album begins with alternate versions of the songs “Here Comes Another One” and “I’m So Worried” from Contractual Obligation. The first is performed in the style of the music in the film A Clockwork Orange. The latter is performed in a Country Western style! The backing guitarists struggling to keep pace with Terry Jones’ singing is classic.

The album also contains an extended album version of “Otto and the Suicide Squad,” a sketch and song most fans agree shouldn’t have been deleted from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The “Psychopath” sketch was also written for Brian and not used – it is here performed in a modern day setting. “Memory Training,” a sketch from the pre-Python series At Last the 1948 Show, is used, but with a new ending – Graham Chapman, as an arbiter of good taste, rattles off a long list of all the towns where Life of Brian was banned! Hee hee.

Some material here seems to anticipate Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life – that film would come out two years later, but the material about the schoolmasters and the dead schoolboy is similar to MOL material, and Terry Jones sings Eric Idle’s Accountancy Shanty song (from Eric’s classic series Rutland Weekend Television) — comparing accountants to pirates who sing accountancy shanties, which would come up in MOL as well.

Tracklisting

01 – An Announcer – Here Comes Another One
02 – I’m So Worried
03 – Mrs. Particle And Mrs. Velocity
04 – Otto And The Suicide Squad – Otto Song
05 – Rooting Around In My Attic
06 – Psychopath
07 – Olympic Shopping
08 – Bunn Whackett Buzzard Stubble And Boot
09 – Talking Science
10 – School Song (Play Up)
11 – Headmaster – Dead School Boy
12 – Laughing At The Unfortunate
13 – Leg Amputation – Reassuring Your Doctor – Deep-Sea Insurance Agent – Accounti
14 – Indian Restaurant
15 – Minister Of Defense
16 – Freelance Undertaker
17 – Rudyard Kipling
18 – Apology
19 – Memory Training
20 – Acronyms
21 – Hi-Fi Shop
22 – Announcer, Side 2

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Monty Python – Monty Python Sings

Monty Python Sings

Monty Python – Monty Python Sings
Virgin Records US | 1991 | Comedy | MP3 CBR, avg 158 kbps | 74 MB | Bitrate: CBR, avg 158 kbps | Total Time: 56:31| Size: 74 MB (incl. 10% Recovery record)

Though this seminal British comedy team is better known for authority-tweaking absurdist wordplay and surrealist visual high-jinks, music has always been an essential element in the troupe’s twisted universe.

Monty Python Sings collects 25 musical Python nuggets from the team’s album catalogue, including such beloved ditties as “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “Lumberjack Song,” “I’m So Worried,” “Spam Song,” “Bruces’ Philosophers’ Song,” “I Like Chinese,” and “Knights of the Round Table.” With so much Python music gathered in one place, it’s impressive to note just how many of the sextet’s musical excursions have become cult classics.

There’s even a ditty here about that puritan cnut and mass murderer Cromwell!

Tracklisting

01 – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
02 – Sit On My Face
03 – Lumberjack Song
04 – Penis Song (Not The Noel Coward Song)
05 – Oliver Cromwell
06 – Money Song
07 – Accountancy Shanty
08 – Finland
09 – Medical Love Song
10 – I’m So Worried
11 – Every Sperm Is Sacred
12 – Never Be Rude To An Arab
13 – I Like Chinese
14 – Eric The Half A Bee
15 – Brian Song
16 – Bruces’ Philosophers Song
17 – Meaning Of Life
18 – Knights Of The Round Table (Camelot Song)
19 – All Things Dull And Ugly
20 – Decomposing Composers
21 – Henry Kissinger
22 – I’ve Got Two Legs
23 – Christmas In Heaven
24 – Galaxy Song
25 – Spam Song
26 – Spam (With Intro)

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