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Matching Tie And Handkerchief [Original recording remastered]

Monty Python Audio CD
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Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) was a British comedy group that created the influential Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. Forty-five episodes were made over four series. The Python phenomenon developed from the television series into something larger in scope and impact, spawning touring stage ... Read more in Amazon's Monty Python Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000G8NWF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Novel Writing 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Word Association 1:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bruce's Sketch 2:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bruce's Song0:520.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Great Actors 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Background To History 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Record Shop0:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. First World War 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mrs Niggerbaiter 1:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Oscar Wilde 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen21. Psychopath 1:540.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen23. Radio Tuning Radio 4 - Announcer Graham Chapman/ Radio Time Announcer Terry Jones0:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Radio Shop 6:050.99  Buy MP3 


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Python album? 19 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the peak of Audio Python, their most original album as well as the one with the highest proportion of material that hadn't already appeared on the TV show. The original vinyl was unusual in that the second side of the album was pressed with two grooves instead of one, running side by side with each other, so that when you lowered the needle onto the record you never quite knew which version of Side B you were going to hear.

The album is full of high points, including the celebrated F-word version of the 'Cheeseshop' sketch, but perhaps the funniest are the ones that were written specifically for audio; 'Ralph Mellish', about a meek drone who goes to work accompanied by a ludicrously overblown suspense-style commentary which repeatedly draws our attention to the fact that nothing is happening; 'Background to History', an Open University-style programme on medieval farming in which the guest historians mumble like stoned rock stars and their assessments are presented as spot-on musical parodies of Bob Marley, Gary Glitter and Joe Cocker; the bizarre 'Record Shop', which defies description, and 'Novel Writing', in which a packed crowd cheers on Thomas Hardy as he gets 'Return of the Native' underway. Great stuff and very good value for money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matching Stars and Reviews 12 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
The fourth Monty Python album is again drawn mainly from the first three series of `Monty Python's Flying Circus' which is quite fortunate as the fourth series was abridged in both been titled `Monty Python' and also the absence of John Cleese. A lot of the material is not from the TV series and has been written specifically for the album adding to the original sketches in allot of cases.

The greatest sketch on the album is possibly `The Australian Philosophers' from the second series which has been improved by the addition of `Bruce's Song' which gives it a great finale. Another favourite would be the Cheese Shop Sketch from the third series of the Circus. Two sketches of suit perfection that I cannot believe that they didn't make it on to one of the earlier albums.

The second side of the original vinyl album had two separate grooves so you could hear one of two tracks when ever you put the needle down. The first few times I played it I always got one of them so the first time I got the second I was quite confused. Something the CD listener need not worry they will get to hear the fantastic `Minister for Overseas Development Sketch' and `The Oscar Wilde Sketch' without having to have there luck in.

For a fourth album without a TV series to feed it with original material this is still one of the best Monty Python albums, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still hilarious after all these years 4 April 2013
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This was an old favourite at uni, after a few drinks one evening, played it to our nephew who thought it was still funny. Recommend it with a large glass of cabernet sauvignon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! 11 Sep 2010
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There is nothing I can say to make anyone buy this - if you like Monty Python you'll already have it, either on CD or vinyl. If you haven't? Well you're probably not a fan, anyway :-)

I bought this again because I wanted to relive the laughter - and complete my collection of Monty Python albums on CD format.

It seems there's only a small following of Monty Python fans (my wife hates it, although she did enjoy Spamalot in the theatre!) and most of my work colleagues are too young to remember it the first time round - but most of it (although some is very un-PC) is still funny now!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the Audio is Better Than the Video 21 Sep 2000
By Robert Toombs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Because the material on the records was produced after the original sketches aired, very often the writers had cleaned up or altered the material significantly--as in the famous "Bruces" sketch, which on video does NOT include the infamous philosopher's song ("Immanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable / Heidegger Heidegger was a drunken bugger who could drink you under the table," etc.).
There are also some terrific audio-only pieces, like the marvelous sports-broadcasting parody "Novel Writing" and Cleese's unimaginably brilliant "Word Association," one of the finest pieces of free-association writing ever created. If you like Pythonian wordplay this one may be the best of them all, and it can only be found on this disc.
As for the disc, yes, it's a terrible shame to lose the double-groove of side 2 (I still remember the delicious confusion the first time I stumbled upon the second groove, years ago). One of the rare cases where the features of a CD are blatantly inferior to those of the original LP (setting aside the eternal arguments over sound quality, which don't really mean much on a Python recording anyway, so there).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The double grooves on Side Two WAS a good gimmick! 16 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"I think all right-thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed in this country with being sick and tired." For some reason, I just love the way Graham Chapman's incredibly long-winded, mock-conservative bit of radio double-talk starts off this album. And while "Matching Tie..." is not as consistently hilarious as say "Monty Python's Previous Record", it does have it's moments. Highlights include "Cheese Shop", "Oscar Wilde and Friends" and "Bruces", but you'll find more witty, bizarre, and genuinely funny stuff all over "Matching Tie and Handkerchief".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bloody Huge Monty Python Fan ! 9 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
And now for something completely different......Monty Python's Matching Tie and Handkerchief album!This is by far the best Monty Python album! From "The church police" to "The cheese shop" to "The Oscar Wilde skecth" it is absolutly packed with true genuine Python brilliance! You can safely say that this legendary 1973 album is not a senseless waste of human life!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Monty Python fan should have this 27 April 2013
By Doug Erlandson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first listened to Monty Python's "Matching Tie and Handkerchief" in the late 1970s. I laughed my head off. (Thankfully, no one had ripped it off already.) Like the other Monty Python records, this one is classic. And one of the best things about it is that it contains a significant amount of material not found on the television series. Of course, it also includes material found in the television series, such as the classic Cheese Shop Sketch. ("It certainly isn't contaminated by any cheese.") However, unlike the television sketch of the philosopher Bruces, this one segues into "The Philosophers' Drinking Song," which is also found in the movie "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl," but, as far as I know, nowhere else. (As a philosophy teacher, I've been able to share this with my classes from time to time.) Also, "Novel Writing with Thomas Hardy" is found nowhere else. ("And he's written the first word, 'The.' It's the definite article. Oh, no. He's crossed it out.") So, for the Monty Python fan who wants to have every sketch at his (or her) fingertips, the "Matching Tie and Handkerchief" is an essential addition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For thinking people only 19 Aug 2005
By Patrick Rael - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Take the good from the comments below. The third side *was* brilliant (on lp), and the audio-only tracks *are* up there with the best of their work. Leave aside the classics on this (like the philosopher's drinking song) and appreciate the brilliance of the pieces no one knows. Want the best Python line nobody ever quotes? Try: "Ah yes, his head's been ripped off." Nobody could combine smart and stupid as well as these blokes.
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