on 29 August 2015
Devotees of Python will recognise that this isn't the best that the team ever wrote, as in their own words they were 'contractually obligated' to write another album, but as ever there are several gems hidden within this CD. Much of the album is given over to musical numbers (some splendid non-PC lyrics in many of them) interspersed with a couple of classic sketches; 'String' - the efforts of an over-enthusiastic advertising agent to market 122,000 miles of string that has been cut into 3" lengths, and the hilarious 'Bookshop' - who can forget the customer's attempt to buy the expurgated version of Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds, the one without the Gannet; 'I don't like them, they wet their nests'!
This CD differs from the original vinyl version inasmuch as track 9 'A Farewell to John Denver' (deemed to be very funny in 1980) has been removed and three extra tracks have been (unnecessarily in my opinion) included at the end.
However, after saying all that, the album is certainly worth listening to, as it does capture the irreverent nature of Monty Python who are surely one of the all-time great comic creations. Good stuff and worth the purchase price.
on 19 March 2016
I have bought a zillion records in my lifetime. I love off-the-wall stuff. Back in the 1970s while reading a Playboy magazine I saw advertised an album (on vinyl back then) called "Country Porn" by a chap calling himself "Cinga Chavin". I sought out this album on my next visit to the USA and chanced upon it at Tower Records in San Francisco. Among gems like "@$$hole From El Paso" and "C*m Unto Jesus" there was a little ditty called "C*m Stains On My Pillow (Where Your Sweet Head Used To Be)" which opened with the line "When you sat on my face and said that you loved me..". So when this Monty Python disc opened with "Sit on my face and tell me that you love me.." (and the now deleted track of John Denver being garrotted as "he" sang "You came on my pillow..") I thought "Ah-ha.. I know what YOU have been listening to (and stealing), Eric idle.!!" This was back in the early 80s and even back then I thought this was a "lazy" Python album and a bit of a rip-off. My opinion hasn't changed and that jaunty "Sit on my face" chorus which opens the album (as well the Hollywood Bowl video of the same number) still manages to irk me after all these years.. especially the notion that the Pythons attribute this tune to themselves. I wonder if "Cinga" sued.. probably not. Al Jolson used to steal from lesser-known performers so why not Eric Idle follow in his footsteps? Anyway, interesting little story.. and a fundamentally dull album.. "I like traffic lights" indeed.. no, stick with the parrot sketch..