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Monty Python's Flying Circus (Vintage Beeb) [Audiobook, Facsimile] [Audio CD]

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14 Feb 2011 Vintage Beeb
This title includes the very best sketches from the BBC TV series, digitally-remastered on a special vinyl-look CD, with original LP sleeve notes. Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones star in this innovative and groundbreaking series which includes 19 of their best sketches. From the memorable Nudge Nudge Wink Wink to the celebrated Dead Parrot Sketch, there's also the hairdresser with a fear of hair who really wanted to be a lumberjack in Barber Shop Sketch and the Lumberjack Song. Also featuring among many timeless classics are leading figures from the Third Reich, who fetch up in a B&B in the West Country, and the famous composer who only has one shed but did once think of getting a second..."Vintage Beeb": classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD. This album was previously released on CD as "Monty Python's Flying Circus".

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Facsimile edition edition (14 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468203
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is a re-release of a 1970 album which collected nineteen of Python's best TV sketches.

The TV series was a bit hit and miss, with real comedy gems interspersed between stretches of dullness. Watching the episodes can be a bit of a trial while waiting for the good bits, so this collection is a welcome addition to my collection that allows me to quickly get at the best stuff.

There is lots to choose from, but the team behind this have made a good series of selections of material that works well in audio only. The sound is really good, much better than I was expecting after hearing other releases in this range. The remastering team have done a great job. The CD is black and looks like an old vinyl record (which may not play in some CD players) and the original liner notes have been reproduced. This is a quality set, and an essential purchase for all Pythonists, and a great way for the casual fan to get the best sketches.

At Present Amazon has no track list, so here it is -

01 The Flying Sheep
02 Man With Three Buttocks
03 Whizzo Chocolates
04 Nudge Nudge Wink Wink
05 The Mouse Problem
06 Buying A Bed
07 Interesting People
08 Barber Shop
09 The Lumberjack Song
10 Interview
11 Arthur Two Sheds
12 Children's Stories
13 Visitors
14 Get Your Albatross
15 Mr Hitler
16 The North Minehead Bye-Election
17 Me, Doctor
18 The Parrot Sketch
19 Self Defence
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nude, nudge, wink, wink - say no more!" 5 May 2011
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Monty Python CDs aren't that difficult to find, there are many out there and most of them are very good. This particular CD stands out however...

...The CD has been packaged to look like the original release of this on LP over forty years ago, the CD itself is printed so that it look vinyl and the original press clippings are on the sleeve. It's a miniaturised and faithful reprodiution of the original with cleaned audio which makes it sound like a studio recording done only yesterday.

At just under an hour in duration this obviously isn't a definitive collection but it does contain the more iconic sketches (Dead Parrot, The Lumberjack Song, etc). What sets this apart from other CDs available is the clarity of the audio, Monty Python has never sounded so great. I would have given this 4 stars as it seemed to offer nothing new, but for someone who has no Monty Python CDs, or for a newbie wanting an introduction to the great and ground-breaking comedy troupe then this is the perfect place to start.

In a nutshell: If you already have Monty Python sketches on CD then you may want to give this a miss, if not though this represents a great value for money purchase - currently less than a fiver here on Amazon means I feel guilty giving it anything less than 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting People. 7 Mar 2012
By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I would say that this is a relatively good overview of, and introduction to, the Monty Python series, but I wouldn't say it is necessarily the very best of their material. There are funnier sketches which didn't make this cut, and some inclusions in this compilation which didn't really hit the spot with me. Distinctly average.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let monty wrap you with laughter 22 Jun 2011
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All these new comedy series come and go yet the classics always stay forever and this is one of them comedy golden moments. I have always and still love Monty python's memorable gaffs and gags; each one a classic (from the series not so much the movies) and each make you laugh until you end up getting hurt. Well if in the 1970's you had the original vinyl masterpiece that was released with most of their best memorable and hilarious sketches and you have played it so much that you have ruined it, then you will be happy to know they have re-released it for the new generation. Was it worth the wait? Of course, it was. Although the CD does have the audio output that the original vinyl had, the crisp clean up for the original vinyl is heard here. The speeches and jokes are told with gusto and each lines can be heard perfectly. WARNING! Do not listen to in the car as laughing will cause you to lose concentration on the road. Especially on the motorway. Laugh all over again to the classic parrot sketch and the rather bizarre Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink sketch and don't forget the infectious Lumberjack song. They are all here and I'd say if you have turned your back on Vinyl but remember those memories when you first heard this, then I'd suggest you get this CD and relive your fave Monty Python moments again. It's a hour worth of nostalgia, It'll brighten up any day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection 1 Jun 2011
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I absolutely adored Monty Python when I was younger, and there weren`t many sketches that I couldn`t recite word for word (much like the nerds in the Simpsons episode "Homer Goes To College"). A good share of my favourite sketches are here too...but I didn`t really laugh. I`m not sure what the problem was - I know it isn`t the lack of visuals as I own the complete scripts and found them very funny...so, I can only speculate that maybe I just know them all too well; I found this a bit of a deflating experience and it didn`t hold my concentration. Four stars is simply because whilst my enjoyment of the comedy is not what it is, I know it is actually brilliant, and this is fine compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dad loves to listen in the car
Bought as a present for my Dad, he loves to listen in the car!

Great CD for fans!

Trip down memory lane for Monty Python watchers!
Published 1 month ago by Samaroo
5.0 out of 5 stars Why does it still have this effect?
Despite buying this originally on LP when it first came out, repeatedly watching the shows, owning the book of the scripts, this version still has all of the sketches sounding as... Read more
Published 9 months ago by K9Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-live the original
This is so original that it even looks like an original LP, albeit CD sized... Seriously though, this CD contains all of your old favourites, including the Dead Parrot - what more... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Classic python. All of the best python sketches on one CD. I was sceptical if their humour would work as well in audio form without the aid of physical humour and rubber faced... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2011 by L. Doughton
3.0 out of 5 stars Really wanted to like it but struggled to laugh!
So, as a kid in the 70s I really liked Monty Python on record. My parents had "Monty Python's Previous Record" (the one with the fairy with the six boobies being chased by an... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by K. Galvin
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong...
For those familiar with Monty Python this is a great collection of classic sketches. For those unfamiliar with Monty Python, why? Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by Benjamin J. Whitehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Python
What can I say - classic Python sketches which don't lose anything on radio - wonderful to listen to in the car on a dark cold morning - highly recommended
Published on 19 May 2011 by Mr. D. A. Cure
5.0 out of 5 stars Whether you are a firm fan or new to python
This is a great collection of the very best of Monty Python comedy humour.

The production is clear and each sketch or song seemlessly linked to one and other, while I... Read more
Published on 29 April 2011 by Lark
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