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.
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".