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Monty Python

  • Another Monty Python Record [Famous Charisma, 1971] C+
  • Monty Python Sings [Virgin, 1992] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Another Monty Python Record [Famous Charisma, 1971]
Inspired cover and some very funny internal jokes, plus Karl Marx trying to win a living room set on a quiz show, but overall too British subtle-eccentric. C+

Monty Python Sings [Virgin, 1992]
Greil Marcus wrote Lipstick Traces over the background buzz of the comedy albums where most of this music first appeared, but I feed my absurdism jones more cautiously. So I'll save these 14 songs plus 11 jokes/fragments for whenever the specter of cosmic frailty starts getting me down--at least 20 of them tickled me first time through, and half still make me smirk four or five plays later. Rarely has any professional wag, singing group, or existentialist philosopher showed off his, her, or their reading like these too, too mortal polymaths. Their idea of a good joke is a pimple on the Milky Way or a king with his head cut off. Sex, race, and class also interest them. Inspirational Chorus: "Gonococcal urethritis, streptococcal ballinitis/Meningo myelitis, diplococcal cephalitis/Epididimitis, interstitial keratitis/Syphilitic choroiditis, and anterior u-ve-i-tis." A-