Monty Python's Previous Record

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Monty Python's Previous Record
Studio album by Monty Python
Released 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Comedy
Length 45:23
Label Charisma / Arista
Monty Python chronology
Another Monty Python Record
Monty Python's Previous Record
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
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Review scores
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Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Monty Python's Previous Record was the third album by Monty Python, released in 1972. According to Michael Palin in his Diaries 1969–1979. "Among the new ideas for the record were a 'B' side consisting of four concentric tracks, all starting at different places on the first groove, so that the listener could get any of one of four different versions of the 'B' side". Although this proved impractical on the available equipment, a less ambitious version of the same idea, with just two concentric tracks, would be used on the next Monty Python LP, The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief.

When packaged in 1994's The Instant Monty Python CD Collection the order of some of the sketches was changed. It was later re-released on CD in 1997, and eventually released as a 2006 special edition, containing eleven extra tracks, and the original album's sequence was the same as issued in the 1994 box set.

The album contains sketches from the third series of Flying Circus as well as new material. The Tale of Happy Valley is actually an edited version of A Fairy Tale from the second German show.

The track "Wonderful World of Sound" features the earliest known citation of the phrase "something for the weekend".[2]

The original British vinyl release included a separate 45rpm flexi-disc entitled 'Teach Yourself Heath', whose sleeve was a picture of a smiling Edward Heath (then Prime Minister).

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Embarrassment/Book At Bedtime (2:55)
  2. England 1747 - Dennis Moore (1:00)
  3. Money Programme (1:55)
  4. Dennis Moore Continues (1:10)
  5. Australian Table Wines (1:45)
  6. Argument Clinic (3:40)
  7. Putting Budgies Down and so forth (1:40)
  8. Eric the Half-a-Bee (4:55)
  9. Travel Agency (3:56)

Side two[edit]

  1. Radio Quiz Game (1:30)
  2. A Massage/City Noises Quiz (1:30)
  3. Miss Anne Elk (2:50)
  4. We Love the Yangtze (2:40)
  5. How-To-Do-It Lessons (1:05)
  6. A Minute Passed (1:20)
  7. Eclipse of the Sun/Alistair Cooke (2:25)
  8. Wonderful World of Sounds (2:30)
  9. A Fairy Tale (6:45)

1994/2006 Track listing[edit]

  1. Not This Record!
  2. Embarrassment
  3. A Book at Bedtime
  4. Dennis Moore
  5. Money Programme
  6. Money Song
  7. Dennis Moore Continues
  8. Dennis Moore Theme
  9. Australian Table Wines
  10. Dennis Moore Theme Part 2
  11. Argument Clinic
  12. How-To-Do-It Lessons
  13. Dennis Moore Theme Part 3
  14. Putting Budgies Down
  15. Personal Freedom
  16. Dennis Moore Theme Part 4
  17. Fish Licence
  18. Eric the Half-a-Bee Song
  19. Radio Quiz Game
  20. Travel Agency
  21. A Massage
  22. Silly Noises Quiz
  23. Miss Anne Elk
  24. Yangtze Kiang
  25. We Love the Yangtze
  26. A Massage Part 2
  27. A Minute Passed
  28. Eclipse of the Sun
  29. Alistair Cooke
  30. Wonderful World of Sounds
  31. Certified Stiff
  32. A Massage Part 3
  33. The Tale of Happy Valley

2006 Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. Baxter's
  2. Meteorology
  3. Blood, Devastation, War & Horror
  4. The Great Debate
  5. Mortuary Visit
  6. Flying Fox Of The Yard
  7. Is There
  8. Teach Yourself Heath
  9. The Book Ad
  10. Big Red Bowl
  11. Pepperpots (Part 2)
  12. Pellagra