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The Final Rip Off

Monty PythonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Introduction To 'The Final Rip Off'0:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Constitutional Peasant (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Fish Licence (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Eric The Half A Bee (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Finland (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Travel Agent (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Are You Embarrassed Easily? (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Australian Table Wine (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Argument (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Henry Kissinger (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Parrot (Oh, Not Again) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Interlude 1 From 'The Final Rip Off'0:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Sit On My Face (The Final Rip Off Remix)0:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Undertaker (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Novel Writing (Live From Wessex) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Interlude 2 From 'The Final Rip Off'0:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. String (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Bells (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Traffic Lights (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Cocktail Bar (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Four Yorkshiremen (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. Election Special (Medley) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 6:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Lumberjack Song (George Harrison Version) 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Closing Theme From 'The Final Rip Off'0:32$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. I Like Chinese (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Spanish Inquisition (Part 1) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Cheese Shop (The Final Rip Off Remix) 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Cherry Orchard (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Architect's Sketch (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Spanish Inquisition (Part 2) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Spam (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Spanish Inquisition (Part 3) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Comfy Chair (The Final Rip Off Remix)0:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Famous Person Quiz (The Final Rip Off Remix) 1:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. You Be The Actor (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Nudge Nudge (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Cannibalism (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Spanish Inquisition Revisited (The Final Rip Off Remix)0:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. I Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio (The Final Rip Off Remix)0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bruces' Song (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Bookshop (The Final Rip Off Remix) 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Do What John (The Final Rip Off Remix)0:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Rock Notes (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. I'm So Worried (The Final Rip Off Remix) 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Crocodile (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. French Taunter (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen23. Marilyn Monroe (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen24. Swamp Castle (The Final Rip Off Remix) 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. French Taunter (Part 2) (The Final Rip Off Remix) 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Last Word From 'The Final Rip Off'0:16$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin Records America
  • ASIN: B000000WG8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is it--the one Monty Python album that you must have. A compilation drawn from various films, TV series, and performance sketches, The Final Rip Off consists of two CDs of absolute classics. One of the very first tracks is the famous "Constitutional Peasant" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Also included are "Spanish Inquisition," "Argument," "Lumberjack Song," and several other sketches that have achieved much-deserved pride of place in popular culture. The members of Monty Python are quite aware of this--the much-loved dead-parrot sketch is listed here as "Parrot (Oh, Not Again)." It's a testimony to the artistry, not to mention timing, of the group that the great majority of this stuff is still funny after decades of wear. --Genevieve Williams

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Python fans argue constantly about the best performances of particular sketches precisely because the boys performed (and recorded) them at so many different venues. The only thing fans all agree on is the fact that the performances ARE different depending upon the recording. Every fan who loves Python's studio sessions has a counterpart who prefers the raw edge of the live theatricals. RIP OFF has a mixture of both, with probably the best balance of any Python album. To be sure, it's the most exhaustive collection, because it was released well after the group's demise. I don't believe you'll find a compilation with as much material from as many different phases of the group's history.
As such, RIP OFF is a particularly good place to start a Python collection. This is not the same thing as saying it's the best Python album. To be sure, other records, most obviously those recorded while the group was still together, are better in the way that any original album is better than a "best of" compilation. It's hard to top, for instance, the quality of the sketches on MONTY PYTHON'S PREVIOUS RECORD, or the overall coherence of MATCHING TIE AND HANDKERCHIEF--a work so brilliant that it actually had two Side Twos on vinyl. Still, even if it doesn't match the brilliance of any of the original albums, it's easily the best thing the group has put on CD after their breakup. If you're getting to know the group retrospectively, choose this over any other compilation album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is probably the best Monty Python CD or CD's there is. It's jammed packed full of funny sketches and songs from all of their previous albums. It's basically a 2-CD compilation for the price of 1-CD. Get it. It's good!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good stuff, but not the original material. December 28, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Most of the sketches on this CD are on-stage performances; they don't seem to have the snap of the original television sketches. Also, some of the sketches are not funny without the visual element. For example, The Cocktail Bar definitely needs visuals.
Of course, it is still Monty Python, and therefore funnier than your average government tax form, but not as funny as it could have been had the original material been used.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Python Primer December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Final Rip Off is a great way to listen to the various ways that Python can entertain. Through sketches and musical numbers from a variety of sources, this CD captures the essence of Python. Where it fails however, is its use of live performances in place of the excellent original recordings. The live performance are filled with audience expectations, they know the punchline, the exquisite timing is lost amidst the guffaws. The slapdash sequencing is also a bit annoying, but it's still funnier than most things available. After you give this a try seek out the original recordings, like Matching Tie and Handkerchief, and hear how this material sounds when the planning is concise and thoughtful in the way Monty Python should be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars old standards cleverly repackaged January 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is an amusing set. Compiled from previously released material, it is as fresh now as it was the first time I heard it years ago. The best parts are the harder to find skits, such as The Cheese Shop. If one wishes to begin or complete a Python collection, this is the CD I would reccommend. The variety on these discs is commendable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really great! July 17, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I really think this is the best monty python cd that I own: it has some of their best skits and other unique and histerical ones! it is truly a worthy cd and probably the best buy i've made in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, But Not Complete (hence only 4 stars) January 30, 2006
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This is a fairly decent compilation, but only with the six original British Charisma LPs in mind. That means, there is no material from "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (a 1970 album released on BBC Records and also on Pye Records); "Live at City Center" (a US only release from Arista Records in 1976) "The Life of Brian" (1979 soundtrack released on Warner Bros. Records); and "The Meaning of Life" (1983 soundtrack released on MCA Records). "Monty Python Sings" kind of makes up for these oversights, but a redone career-spanning compilation would be appreciated. Even the box set doesn't have all the material in one place (leaving out "City Center" and the BBC album). I would also include some material only available on the TV shows, and material from "And Now For Something Completely Different" (1971 feature); the two German shows (1972-1973); and material from "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (1981 feature). I would like to be "ripped off" from Monty Python again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Uh... I Remember it Better May 16, 2008
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I memorized the three famous Monty Python albums of the early 1970's but I haven't listened to them in years and I just got this CD collection. Some of the routines hold up well (Novel Writing). Some seem tired to me. Some of them seem to have been re-mastered and made to sound worse (The Cheese Shop?). And having them taken out of their original flow and contexts makes me feel like I've visited an old neighborhood that has changed more than I want. Maybe it's a good introduction for you fresh young folks to whom it's new. I feel sorry for you to hear the live versions with the actors shouting all their lines and the audience so predisposed to laughter that all the subtlety of the original versions is lost. But it's an overview...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived on time and works perfect.
Published 2 months ago by jeff M
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
You can listen to it over and over....the jokes don't get old.
Published 3 months ago by A. Herzman
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Parrot STILL Not Incl...oh, wait, yes it is.
I bought this as a replacement to the version I had when it first came out oh-so-many years ago. The one I had included some soft pieces of foam that helped protect the disc... Read more
Published 3 months ago by j.Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Such a Rip-Off After All...
The Final Rip-Off was a labor of love on the part of the Pythons: released in the late '80s, this collection was not only a fun sampling of some of their best comedy skits, it was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars If it was good enough for George Harrison than it should good enough...
I like Monty Python and I'm an American. I could go on and on but why. Either you like them or you don't.
Published 4 months ago by Jason K. Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD, but older copies might not work
Love this compilation, but the actual quality of the CD's is very lacking. I've had mine since the 90's and the CD's are becoming see-thru and some of the tracks won't play. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dawne
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen closely.
Listen to it carefully. Some of it you'll have to think about, some of it will make you scratch your head, and it helps to understand some of the different vocabulary used by the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joshua Eller
5.0 out of 5 stars King Monty
This anthology of Monty Python has every single one of his big comedy sketches and songs. The three that make me laugh the longest are The Lumberjack Song which Dr Demento... Read more
Published 8 months ago by christmas lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python's Final Rip Off
I have been a big Python fan for about 40 years now - records and TV.
Love these CDs as they have all my favorites including "the Book Shop."
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Langston
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Monty Python
Classic bits from Monty Python. This is a must for all MP fans. It's a double-cd set so there is lots of material here to enjoy.
Published 22 months ago by Reid in Florida
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