Monty Python Sings

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Monty Python Sings
Compilation album by Monty Python
Released 11 December 1989 (UK)
Recorded 1971–1989
Genre Comedy
Length 54:16
Label Virgin

Eric Idle

Andre Jacquemin
Monty Python chronology
The Final Rip Off
(1987)The Final Rip Off1987
Monty Python Sings
The Ultimate Monty Python Rip Off
(1994)The Ultimate Monty Python Rip Off1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA- [2]

Monty Python Sings is a compilation album of comedy songs by the Monty Python team. Released in 1989 to celebrate their 20th anniversary, it contains popular songs from their previous albums and films.

The album contained two previously unreleased tracks; "Oliver Cromwell" (first performed by John Cleese on the 1960s radio series I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again) was recorded during sessions for Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album in 1980 while a studio recording of Terry Gilliam's live standard "I've Got Two Legs" was recorded in 1974 for the Drury Lane shows, where it was to be mimed onstage, but discarded once Gilliam decided to perform it live instead. The album also has a longer version of "Medical Love Song" with added instrumentation and previously unheard verses which mix out Eric Idle's guide vocals and push Graham Chapman's lead vocal to the forefront. The remixes of "Sit On My Face" and the extended "Henry Kissinger" from The Final Rip Off were also used as well as a new mix of Bruces' Philosophers Song (Bruces' Song) and a remix of the 1975 George Harrison-produced single version of "The Lumberjack Song", with some alternate vocal takes. This was the first compilation to include tracks from the Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life soundtracks, albeit in remixed form. "Every Sperm Is Sacred" is the extended version, previously only available on the b-side of the 7" single of "Galaxy Song".

The cover design by Terry Gilliam marked his first original album artwork since 1977's Instant Record Collection. The original vinyl release contained a booklet featuring illustrated lyrics to all the songs.

The album was released in memory of Graham Chapman, who died two months before its release.

Although the album did not chart on its original 1989 release, it was re-promoted following the successful reissue of "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" in 1991 when it reached No.62 in the UK album chart.[3]

On 30 June 2014, the album was re-released as Monty Python Sings (Again) on CD and as a digital download, expanded with six additional recordings – three out-takes from Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album and three new tracks from Eric Idle, recorded for inclusion in the team's reunion shows Monty Python Live (Mostly). A deluxe edition in both formats also included the 1970 Monty Python's Flying Circus album. This version of the album reached No.35 in the UK album chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleOriginal releaseLength
1."Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"Monty Python's Life of Brian3:33
2."Sit on My Face"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album0:45
3."Lumberjack Song"single3:20
4."Penis Song (Not the Noel Coward Song)"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life0:41
5."Oliver Cromwell" 4:10
6."Money Song"Monty Python's Previous Record0:52
7."Accountancy Shanty"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life1:16
8."Finland"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album2:01
9."Medical Love Song"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album3:31
10."I'm So Worried"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album3:20
11."Every Sperm Is Sacred"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life4:34
12."Never Be Rude to an Arab"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album1:00
13."I Like Chinese"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album3:10
14."Eric the Half-a-Bee"Monty Python's Previous Record2:06
15."Brian Song"Monty Python's Life of Brian2:35
16."Bruces' Philosophers Song (Bruces' Song)"The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief0:52
17."The Meaning of Life"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life2:15
18."Knights of the Round Table (Camelot Song)"Monty Python and the Holy Grail1:06
19."All Things Dull and Ugly"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album1:33
20."Decomposing Composers"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album2:48
21."Henry Kissinger"Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album1:28
22."I've Got Two Legs" 0:33
23."Christmas in Heaven"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life2:45
24."Galaxy Song"Monty Python's The Meaning of Life2:41
25."Spam Song"Another Monty Python Record0:32