Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (album)

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Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
Soundtrack album by Monty Python

5 April 1983 (US)

20 June 1983 (UK)
Recorded 1982 (soundtrack) & 1983 (studio material) at Redwood Recording Studios, London
Genre Comedy Soundtrack
Length 53:17


Producer André Jacquemin
Michael Palin
Monty Python chronology
Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
The Final Rip Off
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is an album released by Monty Python in 1983, in conjunction with the film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. The album mainly consists of sketches from the film, with a few links performed by Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam. A CD version was later released.

There are few pieces of dialogue that didn't make it into the final cut of the film included on this album. These include the brief introduction to "The Adventures of Martin Luther". The waiter's line at the end of "The Dungeon Restaurant" ("Well, it's uh... kind of a link.") is also not in the film.

In the UK the album was accompanied by a 7" single (A 3495) on 27 June 1983 comprising Galaxy Song/Every Sperm Is Sacred. This was also available as a fish bowl-shaped picture disc.

The 2006 Special Edition includes new material which was in neither the film nor the original album.

Critical reception[edit]

Al Campbell of AllMusic gave the album three and a half out of five stars and wrote that "Unlike most comedy releases, the soundtrack of Monty Python's The Meaning of Life is an appealing audio souvenir that doesn't get stale after listening to it a few times." noting that "[this is] because of the incredibly catchy and satirical songs from the film, which are all included".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction/Fish Introduction/The Meaning of Life" 3:01
2. "Birth/Frying Eggs" 4:03
3. "Every Sperm Is Sacred"/"Protestant Couple"/"Adventures of Martin Luther" 9:26
4. "Sex Education" 4:40
5. "Trench Warfare"/"The Great Tea of 1914-18"/"Fish" 4:11
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Terry Gilliam's Intro"/"Accountancy Shanty"/"Zulu Wars" 8:53
7. "The Dungeon Restaurant"/"Live Organ Transplants"/"The Galaxy Song" 5:59
8. "The Penis Song (Not the Noël Coward Song)"/"Mr. Creosote" 4:36
9. "The Grim Reaper"/"Christmas In Heaven" 7:12
10. "Dedication (To Fish)" 1:16
Total length: 53:17


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Award Result
1984 Best Comedy Album Nominated


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