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Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Graham Chapman , etc.
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2 Oct 2006 BBC Radio Collection
Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, was conceived, written and performed by Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. It was innovative and ground-breaking comedy which inspired many of today's writers and performers. Its sketches, songs and catchphrases are legendary: the dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Lumberjack Song, And Now for Something Completely Different and many more. This cassette features all the favourite sketches, including "Crunchy Frog", "The Lumberjack Song" and the "Dead Parrot" sketch.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563558202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563558200
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 539,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING-WRONG CD SHOWN FOR REVIEWS 31 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
PLEASE NOTE- THE CD SHOWN ABOVE IS NOT THE FIRST MONTY PYTHON CD AT ALL.
THE OTHER REVIEWS SAY IT IS BUT ITS A NEW CD WITH MUSIC ONLY. CHECK THE FRONT OF THE CD FOR PROOF. What i think has happened is the cover is almost identical to the original first Album and Amazon have made a mistake. Be careful.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Library Music from the TV Series 6 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD
Potential buyers should be aware that 'Monty Python's Flying Circus: 30 Musical Masterpieces' is *not& a collection of Python sketches, but rather an album of music from the DeWolfe music library, often plundered by the Pythons when making their classic BBC TV series. Many of these tracks have not been available elsewhere before, and so this is something of a treat for Python fans and enthusiasts of vintage library music alike. Highlights include the famous 'Liberty Bell', and my own personal favourite, 'Eye of Horus', a vaguely sinister piece of music accompanied by sound effects of rushing water, used in the 'Déjà Vu' sketch. It's slightly disappointing that the scope of this release couldn't be widened to include some of the DeWolfe music used in the film 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', but hopefully there's potential for a follow-up volume to cover that. Nevertheless, this is still a fascinating selection of instrumental music, much of which will be very familiar to avid Python fans.
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If anyone is wondering, yes, this is Monty Python's first album, originally released on BBC Records in 1970. It consists mostly of some of the best sketches from the first TV series, adapted for audio and re-performed in front of a studio audience. The audio is of studio quality, with only some inobtrusive and appropriate laughter from the audience. There is some evidence of the Pythons starting to play with the medium of records, although not nearly to the gloriously goofy extent that they would on subsequent records, once they signed with Charisma Records and had a freer hand. This also means that the packaging and notes of this album are not as off-the-wall as they would be for subsequent records. However, the recording is wonderfully hilarious, and can serve as an excellent introduction to Monty Python.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An album for fans. 25 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album by Monty Pythons Flying Circus and features re-recorded sketches from the first series. Made by the Pythons before they mastered the medium and not a fair indication of the genius to come in their next three albums, "Another Monty Python Record", "Monty Pythons Previous Record" and "Matching Tie and Handkerchief." Here the Pythons merely record their parts for audio losing a lot of the magic of their performances acted out for the brilliant television series and is probably only essential for completists. There are some classic sketches on this album however such as Nudge Nudge, Lumberjack Song and Albatross. And a personal favourite, Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson; where an interviewer is more interested in a classical composer's second garden shed and less interested in his "bloody music!"
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