Monty Python's Life of Brian (album)

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Monty Python's Life of Brian
Soundtrack album by Monty Python
Released 8 October 1979 (US)
9 November 1979 (UK)
Recorded 1978-1979 (soundtrack) & August 1979 (studio material) at Redwood Recording Studios, London
Genre Comedy
Length 51:51
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Eric Idle
Graham Chapman
Andre Jacquemin
Dave Howman
Monty Python chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Monty Python's Life of Brian is the second soundtrack album by Monty Python, released in 1979 alongside the film of the same name. It contains scenes from the film interrupted by linking sections performed by Eric Idle and Graham Chapman, who also acted as producers following an aborted attempt at a soundtrack album by Michael Palin.[2] The album opens with a brief rendition of "Hava Nagila" on Scottish bagpipes, which had earlier been considered for use in a scene later cut from the film.[3]

In common with the controversy surrounding the film, the album was banned in Ireland after Father Brian D'Arcy highlighted how it had worked its way through a loophole in the country's censorship laws, claiming "Anybody who buys the record and finds it funny must have something wrong with their mentality".[4] Nevertheless, the album reached No.63 in the UK album chart.[5]

A 7" single (K17495) Double A-side of Brian/Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life was released in the UK on 16 November 1979 to promote the album.

In 2006 a special edition CD added six bonus tracks comprising outtakes, demos and publicity material to the end of the album.

Part of the studio linking material was later used in the 2012 animated film A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. Brian Song
  3. The Wise Men at the Manger
  4. Brian Song (cont.)
  5. Sermon on the Mount (Big Nose)
  6. Stone Salesman
  7. Stoning
  8. Ex-Leper
  9. You Mean You Were Raped? (Nortius Maximus)
  10. Revolutionaries in the Amphitheatre (Loretta)
  11. Romans Go Home
  12. What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
  13. Ben
  14. Brian Before Pilate (Thwow Him to the Floor)

Side Two[edit]

  1. Prophets
  2. Beard Salesman
  3. Brian's Prophecy
  4. The Hermit
  5. He's Not the Messiah, He's a Very Naughty Boy
  6. Pilate Sentences Brian
  7. Nisus Wettus
  8. Pilate with the Crowd (Welease Wodger)
  9. Nisus Wettus with the Gaolers
  10. Release Brian
  11. Not So Bad Once You're Up
  12. Revs Salute Brian
  13. Cheeky is Released
  14. "Look on the Bright Side of Life (All Things Dull and Ugly)"

2006 Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. Otto Sketch
  2. Otto Song
  3. Otto Song Demo (Python Sings)
  4. Brian Song [Alternate Version]
  5. Radio Ad - Record Shop
  6. Radio Ad - Twice As Good


  1. ^ Mills, Ted. Monty Python's Life of Brian at AllMusic
  2. ^ Palin, M., Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years, p.570
  3. ^ Palin, M., Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years, p.544
  4. ^ Hewison, Robert: Monty Python: The Case Against, p.91, 1980, Eyre Methuen
  5. ^