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The Monty Python Instant Record Collection
Compilation album by Monty Python
Released 1977
Genre Comedy
Label Charisma Records
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The Monty Python Instant Record Collection is actually the title of two compilation albums released by the Monty Python troupe, the first in the UK in 1977, and the other in the US in 1981. It was billed as "the pick of the best of some recently repeated Python hits again, Vol. II." The record sleeve's original design was done by Terry Gilliam. It featured packaging that folded out into a cardboard box resembling a large stack of record albums (all containing spoofs of popular album names).

The only new sketches (on the UK version) are "Summarise Proust Competition" and "Funerals at Prestatyn". The former was originally performed on the television series Monty Python's Flying Circus and was re-recorded for Monty Python's Previous Record but never used.

The selection of sketches included on the US version is very different from that of the original record release.


Track listing (UK Version)

Side one

  1. Introductions
  2. Alistair Cooke
  3. Nudge, Nudge
  4. Mrs. Nigger-Baiter
  5. Constitutional Peasants
  6. Fish Licence / Eric the Half a Bee
  7. Australian Table Wines
  8. Silly Noises
  9. Novel Writing
  10. Elephantoplasty
  11. How To Do It
  12. Gumby Cherry Orchard
  13. Oscar Wilde

Side two

  1. Introduction
  2. Argument
  3. French Taunter
  4. Summarise Proust Competition
  5. Cheese Emporium
  6. Funerals at Prestatyn
  7. Camelot
  8. Word Association
  9. Bruces
  10. Parrot
  11. Monty Python Theme

Track listing (US Version)

Side one

  1. The Executive Intro
  2. Pet Shop
  3. Nudge Nudge
  4. Premiere of a Film
  5. Bring Out Your Dead
  6. How do you Tell a Witch
  7. Camelot
  8. Argument Clinic
  9. Crunchy Frog
  10. The Cheese Shop
  11. The Phone-In
  12. Sit On My Face

Side two

  1. Another Executive Announcement
  2. Bishop on the Landing
  3. Elephantoplasty
  4. The Lumberjack Song
  5. Bookshop
  6. Blackmail
  7. Farewell to John Denver
  8. World Forum
  9. String
  10. Wide World of Novel Writing
  11. Death of Mary Queen of Scots
  12. Never be Rude to an Arab

Distribution Information

  • LP: (1977, 1983) Charisma CAS 1134 (UK)
  • LP: (1981) Arista Records ALB 68296 (U.S.)
  • CD: (1989) Virgin Records, Ltd., CASCD 1134 (UK) (budget CD)

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