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Monty Python's Total Rubbish [VINYL] Box set, Collector's Edition, Deluxe Edition


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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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  • Vinyl (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00K7CTFJ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following the release of Monty Python Sings (again), the Pythons will also unveil a career spanning box set entitled Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection. Monty Python’s nine UK albums – "Monty Python’s Flying Circus", "Another Monty Python Record", "Monty Python’s Previous Record", "Matching Tie and Handkerchief", "Live at Drury Lane", "Holy Grail", "Life of Brian", "Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album" and "The Meaning Of Life" - will be united for the first time to create the ultimate collectors’ edition purchase. Both releases also include a limited edition 7" Single of their 1974 flexi-disc ‘Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing’

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Emelius Browne on 6 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD
I love the Python albums dearly but this collection is terrible. The nice Gilliam cover art and 7" bonus redeem it to some extent but the problems are unavoidable.

The BBC album is grouped with the rest for the first time, and is the same CD version as has been available for some time. The quality is fine for a badly-engineered mono record, but there's a strange quality issue at the end of side one where it sounds like a damaged vinyl rip has been patched in.

The rest are the 2006 CD editions. They are basically the same transfers as the UK CD versions from the 80s and 90s except slightly louder. They feature some excellent - though unannotated - bonus tracks, largely pulled from the cancelled rarities albums planned for 2005. Here's some of the errors:

Another Monty Python Record is yet again the unfinished rough cut version present on all CD issues. This was a halfway-house version never intended to be released and is full of incomplete editing/mixing and material vetoed from the final, released, approved version. It's a good remaster but given that it's not the right version it's largely academic. Previous sounds good and is the correct version, thankfully.

Matching Tie and Grail sound truly terrible. Mastered from the same falling-apart, error-riddled tapes as have been used since the 1980s, they are muffly, are destroyed by oxide damage and sound like bad cassettes. Tie in particular is incredibly lo-fi and both sides of its stereo are constantly wandering out of synch with each other (making a horrible distant warbling effect), and Grail has huge amounts of stereo damage. On top of this, Tie has been drowned in brand new sound effects which were never supposed to be there.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. D. Smith on 13 Nov. 2014
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Beautifully packaged collection of the entire set of Monty Python's recorded work. It loses a star for the fact it's added extra sketches that are poorly recorded or just not very good onto the end of most of the CDs. I understand there are completists out there but it would have been better to put the rubbish on a separate CD instead of padding out the good ones with it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Supertzar on 18 Sept. 2014
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I've been looking for the Python albums on CD for a while. This package - when the price is right - is superb. The booklet is excellent, featuring new interviews and information and the content is wonderful, with lots of extras. The packaging is lavish and all in all a great purchase.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk McElhearn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2015
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I remember back in 1974, when the first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was broadcast on the local PBS station WNET in New York. I seem to recall that there had been a bit of publicity before the series aired, and I made sure to not miss it. I was immediately hooked. Shortly afterwards, I started buying their records, which contained some of the sketches from the show. By the time the show had aired in the US, it was no longer on TV in the UK, but there were already three or four albums available.

I remember nearly memorizing some of the sketches, and I especially recall the loony way the albums were presented. There was even one album – Matching Tie and Handkerchief – which had three sides, which was particularly clever. (On side two, there were two concentric grooves, so depending on where you placed the needle of your turntable, you’d get one of two sides of material.)

Over the years, I saw all the movies, then later bought the series on DVD. While not everything stands up very well now, there remains a huge amount of wonderful comedy in the 45 episodes and three feature films that were produced.

As you may have seen, the Monty Python gang (minus the late Graham Chapman) got together recently for a run of shows in London, one of which was broadcast to cinemas, on TV, and which will soon be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) It wasn’t a great performance – they’re old, and they didn’t seem to really have the rhythm – but it was enjoyable.

At the same time, they released a set of all their CDs, Monty Python’s Total Rubbish. This lavishly produced box set contains all nine CDs, a 10-inch vinyl single, and a hardcover book with notes about each recording and track listings.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Hammond on 7 Nov. 2014
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9 cds, 1 vinyl record and a booklet what more do you want for your money. Although it has to be said this is mainly for python completists, rather than the casual fan, as it hardly has any new material, and the new material it does have isnt that funny.
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