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Years of sidesplitting songs from Flying Circus and Python movies are distilled into one 25-track CD: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life; Sit on My Face; Lumberjack Song; Every Sperm Is Sacred; Spam Song; Bruce's Philosophers Song; Brian Song , and more!

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Though this seminal British comedy team is better known for authority-tweaking absurdist wordplay and surrealist visual hijinks, music has always been an essential element in the troupe's twisted universe. Monty Python Sings collects 25 musical Python nuggets from the team's album catalogue, including such beloved ditties as "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," "Lumberjack Song," "I'm So Worried," "Spam Song," "Bruces' Philosophers' Song," "I Like Chinese," and "Knights of the Round Table." With so much Python music gathered in one place, it's impressive to note just how many of the sextet's musical excursions have become cult classics. --Scott Schinder

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  1. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (Monty Python Sings) 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Sit On My Face (Monty Python Sings)0:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Lumberjack Song (Monty Python Sings) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Penis Song (Not The Noel Coward Song) (Monty Python Sings)0:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Oliver Cromwell (Monty Python Sings) 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Money Song (Monty Python Sings)0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Accountancy Shanty (Monty Python Sings) 1:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Finland (Monty Python Sings) 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Medical Love Song (Monty Python Sings) 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. I'm So Worried (Monty Python Sings) 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Every Sperm Is Sacred (Monty Python Sings) 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Never Be Rude To An Arab (Monty Python Sings) 1:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. I Like Chinese (Monty Python Sings) 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Eric The Half A Bee (Monty Python Sings) 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Brian Song (Monty Python Sings) 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Bruces' Philosophers' Song (Monty Python Sings)0:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. The Meaning Of Life (Monty Python Sings) 2:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Knights Of The Round Table (Monty Python Sings) 1:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. All Things Dull And Ugly (Monty Python Sings) 1:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Decomposing Composers (Monty Python Sings) 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Henry Kissinger (Monty Python Sings) 1:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. I've Got Two Legs (Monty Python Sings)0:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Christmas In Heaven (Monty Python Sings) 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. Galaxy Song (Monty Python Sings) 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. Spam Song (Monty Python Sings)0:33$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 11, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000WIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 22, 2003
Format: Audio CD
And now, for something completely different. There are 25 songs taken from Monty Python's TV series, movies, and other comedy albums, some that are so memorable, it isn't surprising to hear someone singing them at a whim, other obscure ones that are downright hilarious and/or gross, and those featured in their TV show and movies. But others are like, "Gordon Bennett, this is so naff! What'd they include it in 'ere for?" Consequently, I'll not go through every song, but be warned if I do get silly--Python tends to do that to people.
"Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life", sung by Eric Idle and the crucified prisoners at the end of Life Of Brian, starts out the album. Basically: "life's a piece of ****, when you look at it/life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true/you'll see it's a show/keep'em laughing as you go/just remember that the last laugh is on you." A breezy, humorous, but pointed look at "the final word."
"The Lumberjack Song" is by far THE classic Python song. In this rendition, Michael Palin leads off by a weather report, before he sings, "I didn't want to do this for a living. I wanted to be... a lumberjack!" and the rest is history. Note: if anyone hears me singing "I cut down trees/I wear high heels/suspenders and a bra", PLEASE don't take me seriously. I'm an environmentalist and would NOT cut down trees. Yours etc. D.J. Hamlow, Mrs.
The brief "(Not the Noel Coward Song)" from Meaning Of Life is a 41 second laugh-out-loud ditty on "your wife's best friend", the one sung before Mr. Creosote comes into the restaurant.
"Oliver Cromwell" sung by John Cleese, is set to Frederic Chopin's Polonaise No. 6 and is a delight for English history buffs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Merilahti Kristiina on September 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was so happy to find this collection. I've loved Monty Python series and movies and admired the multi-talented group. Nothing was too holy for them to be laughed at - and so should it be, laughing at something makes even the most horrible and difficult things shrink down to a size, where we can look at them and deal with them. And yet they always maintained quality in their work.
This record is a good example: it has songs from the series and such movies as 'The meaning of life', 'The life of Brian' and 'The quest for the holy Grail'. Of course, Eric Idle shines here with his 'Always look on the bright side of life', hilarious 'Penis song' and 'Bruces' philosophers song' being the author and composer of all these and many others. And as a performer... well, you can't listen to his voice without bursting into a huge smile. 'Always look on the bright side of life' really saves the day, no matter how bad things look.
The subjects are varied, some of them laugh casually at sex, such as 'Sit on my face'. It wasn't at all awkward to listen to them, because the ambitious, very serious way everything is arranged with violins, flutes, male choirs and symphony orchestras lifts the songs from being a bit naughty to something absolutely irresistible. You can only laugh and sing along. And can anybody go to church and listen to hymns seriously after hearing the lovely boy choir singing Eric Idle's 'All things dull & ugly'?
'Bruces' philosopher's song' and 'Knights of the round table' weren't technically as good as others, unfortunately. I was going to give four stars, but had to give the fifth one for Michael Palin for making 'Finland', even if it's clearly made by someone who's never been here - and I understood that's just the point. Sorry, Michael, we don't have mountains. Only some fells, none of them even a mile high.
Have a laugh, get this. The songs are so well made, that you can listen them still, when you already know the joke.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By statik on May 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This a record with something for everyone. Obviously first and foremost it's a convenient collection of Monty Python's best-known songs, many of which have become comedy classics. If you don't have any other Python in your collection, then this is a good place to start, with all the familiar songs from the films mingling with lesser-known items from the studio LPs.
But even if you're a fanatic who's already got all the "proper" Python albums, it's still worth getting this compilation as it's the only place you'll find the full-length "Medical Love Song" (previously featured on "Contractual Obligation Album", but only in a shortened form), a studio recording of Terry Gilliam singing "I've Got Two Legs" or the marvellous exclusive track "Oliver Cromwell" (sung hilariously badly by Cleese). Best of all, the version of "The Lumberjack Song" included here is actually the George Harrison-produced single version, which is (a) brilliant, and (b) pretty much impossible to find anywhere else.
In brief, then: an essential purchase for all Python lovers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you consider yourself a Monty Python fan, you must buy this cd. It has all the classics- The Lumberjack Song, Eric the Half-a-Bee, and many more favorites of the best comedy group of all time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Schouten on July 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In this 25 song collection of both the Monty Python TV series and their movies, they start out with world famous songs on track 1-3:
Always look on the bright side of life (Life of Brian's favorite song, and the closing of the Graham Chapman's eulogy);
Sit on my face (recently heard a lot on the radio)
Lumberjack song (tv version, not the one from Live at the Hollywood Bowl)

Although I am a fan of the series, the songs from the TV series on this collection were unfamiliar to me, and it was wonderful finally hearing them. A new favorite of mine became "Every sperm is sacred".

The only song I miss on this collection is "You can't say *PEEP* on the radio", but for your money this is good value.
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