MATCHING TIE AND HANDKERCHIEF [VINYL]
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VINYL LP. TRACKS ARE: 1. Election Forum 2. Dead Bishops/Rats 3. Elephantplasty 4. Novel Writing 5. Word Association 6. Bruce's Sketch 7. Bruce's Song 8. Ralph Mellish 9. Doctor Quote 10. Cheese Emporium 11. Wasp/Tiger Club 12. Raspberry 13. Great Actors 14. Background to History 15. Record Shop 16. First World War 17. Mrs. Niggerbaiter 18. Oscar Wilde 19. Pet Shop 20. Phone In
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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.
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.
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!