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Monty Python Live at Drury Lane
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Live album by Monty Python
Released 28 June 1974 (UK)
Recorded 23 March 1974 (live recording) at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane & 1974 (studio recording) at Sunrise Music, London
Genre Comedy
Label Charisma
Producer Andre Jacquemin
Dave Howman
Alan Bailey
Monty Python chronology
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
(1973)
Monty Python Live at Drury Lane
(1974)
The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Monty Python Live at Drury Lane is a live album released by Monty Python in 1974. It was recorded on the final night of their four-week run[2] at the Drury Lane Theatre in London earlier that year and edited onto disc with new studio linking material by Eric Idle and Michael Palin. The majority of the sketches are from Flying Circus and vary slightly from their television counterparts, although "Cocktail Bar" was written for the third series but not used. The team also revived sketches from At Last The 1948 Show, including "Secret Service", "Wrestling" and "Four Yorkshiremen" - the latter on its way to being adopted as a Python standard. Neil Innes provided the musical interludes, while Eric Idle's then wife Lyn Ashley replaced regular Python actress Carol Cleveland in supporting roles.

The album was released in Canada in 1975 (distributed by GRT of Canada Ltd. 9211-4) but was not issued in the US until 1994, when it was included in the box set The Instant Monty Python CD Collection. Until then, the only live Python album released in the US had been Monty Python Live at City Center, released in 1976.

To promote the album's release, a double-sided Flexi disc was issued free with the 25 May 1974 edition of New Musical Express entitled Monty Python's Tiny Black Round Thing which contained an extended version of "Election Special" and "Lumberjack Song" with new linking material from Michael Palin.

The album was the group's most successful to date, reaching No.19 in the UK charts.[3]

Three decades later, the album made a surprise appearance in Terry Gilliam's 2005 film Tideland, where the cover can be seen at the front of a box of LPs.

Although originally released in stereo, the 2006 special edition CD has the whole album mixed into mono. This is the only one of the 2006 reissues to contain no new material, with the exception of an interview placed at the end of the disc.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. Introduction
  2. Llamas
  3. Gumby - Flower Arranging
  4. Secret Service
  5. Wrestling
  6. Communist Quiz
  7. Idiot Song
  8. Albatross
  9. Colonel
  10. Nudge, Nudge
  11. Cocktail Bar
  12. Travel Agent

Side two[edit]

  1. Spot the Brain Cell
  2. Bruces
  3. Argument
  4. I've Got Two Legs
  5. Four Yorkshiremen
  6. Election Special
  7. Lumberjack Song
  8. Parrot Sketch

An interview is added to the 2006 special edition

Personnel[edit]

Additional performers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Palin, M., Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years, p.160
  3. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/search/albums/live%20at%20drury%20lane/