Monty Python's Previous Record

Monty Python's Previous Record
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Studio album by Monty Python
Released 8 December 1972 (UK) 1973 (US)
Recorded 12-13 October 1972 at Radio Luxembourg Studios, London
Genre Comedy
Length 45:23
Label

Charisma (UK)

Buddah (US)
Producer Andre Jacquemin
Michael Palin
Terry Jones
Alan Bailey
Monty Python chronology
Another Monty Python Record
(1971)
Monty Python's Previous Record
(1972)
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Monty Python's Previous Record is the third album by Monty Python. Released in 1972, it marked the group's first collaborations with regular sound engineer Andre Jacquemin and musician Neil Innes. Among the proposed ideas for the record were a 'B' side consisting of four concentric tracks, all starting at different places on the first groove, so that the listener could get any of one of four different versions of the 'B' side".[2] When this proved impossible, a three-sided 'B' side was attempted. But as Jacquemin later explained, "That's why you hear 'and now a massage from the Swedish Prime Minister' three times on it. Each groove was going to start with that, but unfortunately, the three grooves ran into each other towards the centre of the record. In the end, we cut all the bits together for a standard, single-groove side."[3] A year later, a less ambitious version of the same idea, with just two concentric tracks, would be used on the next Monty Python LP, The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief.

The album contains many sketches from the third series of Flying Circus, one (Fish Licence) from the second as well as an abridged version of The Tale of Happy Valley from the second German show. The oldest sketch on the album, Eric Idle's "Radio Quiz Game", dates back to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again where it was performed by Graeme Garden - Idle having subsequently performed the sketch himself on Do Not Adjust Your Set. The rest of the material was specially written for the album.

The original British vinyl release included a separate 45rpm flexi-disc entitled Teach Yourself Heath, whose sleeve was a picture of a smiling Edward Heath (then Prime Minister).

The album was trailed a month earlier on 17 November 1972 by the 7" single Eric The Half-A-Bee/Yangtse Song (CB.200), credited to "Monty Python With Niel (sic) Innes". These were alternate mono mixes of two tracks which would appear in stereo on the album. The latter song had an added karaoke section with additional linking from Michael Palin.

"Summarize Proust Competition" was recorded but cut from the album, although a reference to the Proust Song remains on the album's inner sleeve. The track was released five years later on the Instant Record Collection compilation.

The US edition of the album had the tracks "How To Do It" and "Radio Quiz Game" removed from Side 1 and placed on Side 2.

The track "Wonderful World of Sound" features the earliest known citation of the phrase "something for the weekend",[4] a euphemistic reference to condoms used by barbers when offering them to their clientele.[5]

The 2006 CD reissue features many previously unreleased out-takes from the album's sessions as bonus material, with newly added music and sound effects.

Contents

UK Track listingEdit

Side OneEdit

  1. Introduction
  2. Are You Embarrassed Easily?
  3. A Book at Bedtime
  4. Dennis Moore
  5. Money Programme
  6. Money Song
  7. Dennis Moore (Part 2)
  8. Dennis Moore Song
  9. Australian Table Wine
  10. Dennis Moore Song (Part 2)
  11. Argument
  12. How To Do It
  13. Dennis Moore Song (Part 3)
  14. Pepperpots
  15. Personal Freedom
  16. Dennis Moore Song (Part 4)
  17. Fish Licence
  18. Eric the Half-a-Bee
  19. Radio Quiz Game
  20. Travel Agent

Side TwoEdit

  1. Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister
  2. Silly Noises
  3. Anne Elk
  4. Yangtse Sketch
  5. Yangtse Song
  6. Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister (Part 2)
  7. A Minute Passed
  8. Eclipse of the Sun
  9. Alistair Cooke
  10. Wonderful World of Sound
  11. Funerals at Prestatyn
  12. Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister (Part 3)
  13. Happy Valley

US Track listingEdit

Side OneEdit

  1. Introduction
  2. Are You Embarrassed Easily?
  3. A Book at Bedtime
  4. Dennis Moore
  5. Money Programme
  6. Money Song
  7. Dennis Moore (Part 2)
  8. Dennis Moore Song
  9. Australian Table Wine
  10. Dennis Moore Song (Part 2)
  11. Argument
  12. Dennis Moore Song (Part 3)
  13. Pepperpots
  14. Personal Freedom
  15. Dennis Moore Song (Part 4)
  16. Fish Licence
  17. Eric the Half-a-Bee
  18. Travel Agent

Side TwoEdit

  1. Radio Quiz Game
  2. Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister
  3. Silly Noises
  4. Anne Elk
  5. Yangtse Sketch
  6. Yangtse Song
  7. How To Do It
  8. Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister (Part 2)
  9. A Minute Passed
  10. Eclipse of the Sun
  11. Alistair Cooke
  12. Wonderful World of Sound
  13. Funerals at Prestatyn
  14. Massage From The Swedish Prime Minister (Part 3)
  15. Happy Valley

2006 Bonus tracksEdit

  1. Baxter's
  2. Meteorology
  3. Blood, Devastation, War & Horror
  4. The Great Debate
  5. Mortuary Visit
  6. Flying Fox Of The Yard
  7. Is There
  8. Teach Yourself Heath
  9. The Book Ad
  10. Big Red Bowl
  11. Pepperpots (Part 2)
  12. Pellagra

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Palin, Michael Diaries 1969–1979: The Python Years, p.85, 2006, Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  3. ^ "And Now For Something Completely Different: The Recorded Works Of Monty Python", Record Collector, No.193, September 1995
  4. ^ "something for the weekend (noun, earlier than 1972)". OED Appeals. Retrieved 30 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Something for the weekend sir?". Phrases.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-06.