Another Monty Python Record

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Another Monty Python Record
Studio album by Monty Python
Released 8 October 1971 (UK) 1972 (US)
Recorded 20-24 June 1971, Marquee Studios, London
Genre Comedy
Length 54:39
Label UK: Charisma
US: 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]
Newsday C+[2]

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."

A 7" single, the Python's first, combining Spam Song/The Concert (CB.192) was issued on 15 September 1972, almost a year after the album's release. Later pressings were issued in a picture sleeve featuring a still from the "Dirty Fork" sketch from And Now For Something Completely Different.

The 2006 CD reissue features four bonus tracks, although these date from the 1980 Contractual Obligation Album sessions.

Track listing: US Version, Worldwide CD Version[edit]

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
  2. Bishop At Home
  3. Courtroom Sketch
  4. Freelance Undertaker

Original UK vinyl & cassette version[edit]

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: (1971) Charisma CAS 1049 (UK)
  • Cassette: (1971) 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)


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 11, 1973). "The Comedy Album Crop". Newsday. Retrieved August 16, 2016.