Another Monty Python Record

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Another Monty Python Record
Studio album by Monty Python
Released 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Comedy
Label UK: Charisma
US: Charisma/Buddah
Australia: Philips
Producer Terry Jones
Michael Palin
Monty Python chronology
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Another Monty Python Record
Monty Python's Previous Record
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Another Monty Python Record is the second album produced by the Monty Python comedy group, released in 1971. It was packaged as "Beethoven Symphony No. 2 In D Major", but defaced by the Pythons to serve as their own record jacket. (The "serious" liner notes on the back also bear a Pythonesque stamp: the biography of Beethoven quickly turns into a commentary on Beethoven's Wimbledon debut.) Most of the material is from the Monty Python's Flying Circus television series, although some of the sketches are new. Included with the original LP were three card inserts printed with detailed instructions, scripts and cut-out props for the 'Be A Great Actor' sketch on side 2.

Terry Jones noted on this album in the book The Pythons:

"We had this horrendous time because we were recording in this rather hippy recording studio which fortunately I can't remember the name of. ... We were very keen to use the stereo and everything, but what we hadn't realised was that the guy who was doing the recording, who I think was out of his head most of the time, had not been making any notes. We'd end up with tapes and tapes of material with no idea of where anything was on the tapes ... That was a bitter experience."

Track listing - US/Re-release Version[edit]

The current and most common master of the album was first heard on the 1972 Charisma/Buddah US release - a longer, rougher cut of the LP featuring additional sketches, longer edits of some items and many longer pauses and effects sequences that had been shortened for the original British release. It is not clear why this alternate American cut exists or why it was released differently, but from when Virgin Records acquired the Charisma back catalogue in 1986 it became used as the universal master tape for the album, including for releases in the UK.

Side One[edit]

  1. Apologies - 2:00
  2. Spanish Inquisition - 2:49
  3. World Forum/Communist Phonecall - 4:00
  4. Gumby Theatre, etc. - 2:58
  5. The Architect - 4:10
  6. The Piranha Brothers - 9:50

Side Two[edit]

  1. Death Of Mary, Queen Of Scots - 2:35
  2. Penguin On The TV - 2:58
  3. Comfy Chair/Sound Quiz - 3:29
  4. Be A Great Actor/Theatre Critic - 4:21
  5. Royal Festival Hall Concert - 4:09
  6. Spam - 2:24
  7. The Judges/Stake Your Claim - 3:27
  8. Still No Sign of Land (Lifeboat)/Undertaker - 5:29

2006 CD Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. Treadmill Lager/Bishop At Home (extended and reproduced sketch from Contractual Obligation Album)
  2. Courtroom Sketch (outtake from Contractual Obligation Album)
  3. Freelance Undertaker (outtake previously only available on the Hastily Cobbled Together For A Fast Buck bootleg)

Original version[edit]

The original British release ran almost nine minutes shorter - being more heavily edited, containing slightly fewer items (cutting sketches including World Forum and Penguin On The TV) and featuring the Royal Festival Hall sketch on Side 1 instead of Side 2. On initial pressings, the mock 'scratched record' ending to The Pirahna Brothers originally played on the run-out groove of the vinyl, causing it to loop indefinitely. This original cut of the album has never been released on CD.

Side One[edit]

  1. Apologies (2:11)
  2. Spanish Inquisition (2:03)
  3. Gumby Theatre (1:50)
  4. Norman St John Polevaulter (Contradicting People) (0:28)
  5. Old Ladies Thrown Into The Fjord (0:08)
  6. The Architect (2:44)
  7. Spanish Inquisition (1:18)
  8. Royal Festival Hall Concert (4:18)
  9. The Piranha Brothers (10:07)

Side Two[edit]

  1. Death Of Mary, Queen Of Scots (2:20)
  2. Spam (2:30)
  3. Spanish Inquisition (Comfy Chair) (1:25)
  4. Sound Quiz (1:20)
  5. Be A Great Actor (3:07)
  6. Theatre Critic (1:26)
  7. The Judges (1:27)
  8. Stake Your Claim (2:26)
  9. Still No Sign Of Land (Lifeboat)
  10. The Judges (0:25)
  11. Undertaker (1:38)

Musical works[edit]

The following is the list of musical works included on the album, printed on the CD booklet for copyright purposes. They are a mixture of self-penned Python songs, specially composed music by Fred Tomlinson, and pieces of library music.

  1. Trondheim Hammer Dance
  2. Liberty Bell
  3. Fanfare Opening
  4. Formal Presentation
  5. Contesana Padawana
  6. Man of Power
  7. Gold Lame
  8. Southern Breeze
  9. Spam Song
  10. Bahama Parakeet
  11. House of Fashion
  12. Circus Tumble
  13. Fanfare A
  14. Mystery Drums
  15. Mystery Place
  16. Ode to Edward
  17. In Step With Johann
  18. Knees Up Mother Brown

Distribution Information[edit]

  • LP: (1970) Charisma CAS 1049 (UK)
  • Cassette: (1970) Charisma ZCCAS 1049 (UK)
  • LP: (1972) Charisma CAS 1049 (US, distributed by Buddah) (with different running-order and material)
  • LP: (1972) Philips 6369 913 (Aust) (with different running-order and material)
  • LP: (1975) Charisma CAS 1049 (UK, distributed by Phonogram)
  • Cassette: (1975) Charisma CASMC 1049 (UK, distributed by Phonogram)
  • LP: (1988) Charisma CHC 79 (UK, distributed by Virgin) (budget price)
  • CD: (1989) Charisma CASCD 1049 ("Another Monty Python CD") (UK, distributed by Virgin)
  • LP: (19**) Virgin MP501 (UK)
  • CD: (1994) Virgin VCCD 001 (UK) ("Another Monty Python CD" version 2, re-issue)