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Encyclopedia > Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album cover
Studio album by Monty Python
Released 1980
Genre Comedy
Length 48:49
Label Charisma Records / Arista Records
Producer(s) Eric Idle
Professional reviews
Monty Python chronology
Monty Python's Life of Brian
(1979)
Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album
(1980)
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
(1983)

Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album (or simply Contractual Obligation Album) is an album released by Monty Python in 1980. It contains a mixture of mainly songs, some new sketches, and some pre-Python work (rerecorded). Image File history File links Controbligalbum. ... A Studio Album is an album of regular studio recordings. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Charisma Records was a record label started by former journalist Tony Stratton-Smith in 1969. ... Arista Records is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony BMG, and operates under the RCA Records Group // After being fired from CBS Records, Columbia Pictures offered Clive Davis the presidency of its record division, Bell Records, in 1974. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes . ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links 3_stars. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... Monty Pythons Life of Brian is an album released by Monty Python in conjunction with the 1979 movie Monty Pythons Life of Brian. ... Monty Pythons The Meaning of Life is an album released by Monty Python in 1983, in conjunction with the film The Meaning of Life. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album from the 1960s. ... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ...


Producer Eric Idle stated in the book The Pythons that this is his favorite Python album: Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ...

"I thought to myself 'Oh, there's a great album to have, "Python Sings",' so I produced it and it sells fifty times more than the sketch albums, because you can hear a song again, but you can't play a sketch over and over again. That's my favourite Python album because you can just play it, and it's completely bonkers and goes all over the place."

Contents

Controversies

Two tracks on the album caused controversy when first released.


The lead track, "Sit on My Face" was sung to the tune of "Sing as We Go", a song made famous by Gracie Fields, and reportedly its inclusion led to legal threats against the Python team for copyright infringement over the melody.[1] Nonetheless, the song was retained on the album. Dame Gracie Fields, DBE (9 January 1898–27 September 1979), born Grace Stansfield, was an English singer and comedian who became one of the greatest stars of both cinema and music hall. ...


"Farewell to John Denver," which contained a few bars of Eric Idle impersonating John Denver singing "Annie's Song" (followed by the sound of the singer being strangled) was removed from subsequent pressings of the album on legal advice (reports differ as to whether it had to do with the licensing of "Annie's Song" or the depiction of the popular singer being murdered), and was replaced by an apology spoken by Terry Jones. Later CD releases of the album, however, reinstated the John Denver track. Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... John Denver John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ...


Alternate versions

As noted above, some pressings of Contractual Obligation Album omit the "Farewell to John Denver" track. The original UK vinyl pressing also contained an unintentionally out-of-sync mix on the song "I'm So Worried" which was subsequently corrected.


In the U.S. there was no need to clear the John Denver sample, as both this album and the source of the sample—"Annie's Song"—came out on and were owned by the same label. The U.S. version of the album contains both "Farewell To John Denver" and the corrected version of "I'm So Worried".


A CD version was later released. Two versions of the compact disc exist. A Compact Disc (CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ...


The isolated CD release contains the U.S. version of the album, but the box set The Instant Monty Python CD Collection (1994) uses the UK second edition of the album. The Instant Monty Python CD Collection is a box set released in 1994 of six CDs containing eight albums by the Monty Python troupe. ...


Two versions of "Medical Love Song" also exist; the longer version, which can be heard on the compilation CD Monty Python Sings, contains additional verses. This is also the case with the song "Henry Kissinger". Monty Python Sings was a comedy album of songs written by the Monty Python team. ...


The cassette version also has an additional track. Side 1 is several minutes shorter than side 2. At the end of Side 1, Michael Palin states that there will be a "short gap" before the tape ends. Several minutes of silence ensue, followed at the very end by Palin returning to state that the short gap was over and the tape may be turned to side 2.


Like all the EMI Monty Python albums Contractual Obligation gained a special edition release in 2006 with bonus tracks included. However, these tracks do not contain new material (which appears on some of the other albums) and just consists of two interviews, and demo versions of two songs.


Track Listing

Side One

  1. "Sit on My Face" (Eric Idle & Harry Parr-Davies) – 0:44
  2. "Announcement" (Eric Idle & Steve James) – 0:21
  3. "Henry Kissinger" (John Cleese, Eric Idle, André Jacquemin & Neil Innes) – 0:48
  4. "String" (John Cleese & Graham Chapman) – 2:19
  5. "Never Be Rude to an Arab" (Terry Jones & André Jacquemin) – 1:00
  6. "I Like Chinese" (Eric Idle & André Jacquemin) – 3:10
  7. "Bishop" (Terry Jones & Graham Chapman) – 2:33
  8. "Medical Love Song" (Graham Chapman, Eric Idle & André Jacquemin) – 2:09
  9. "Farewell to John Denver" (Graham Chapman, John Denver & Terry Gilliam) – 0:15 (omitted on some releases and replaced by an Apology by Terry Jones)
  10. "Finland" (Michael Palin & André Jacquemin) – 2:18
  11. "I'm So Worried" (Terry Jones & André Jacquemin) – 3:18
  12. "End of Side 1 announcement" (Michael Palin) (cassette version only)

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Side Two

  1. "I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio" (Eric Idle) – 0:54
  2. "Martyrdom of St. Victor" (Terry Jones & Michael Palin) – 1:41
  3. "Here Comes Another One" (Terry Jones, Michael Palin, André Jacquemin & David Howman) – 1:58
  4. "Bookshop" (Graham Chapman & John Cleese) – 4:22
  5. "Do What John?" (Eric Idle & André Jacquemin) – 0:34
  6. "Rock Notes" (Eric Idle) – 2:11
  7. "Muddy Knees" (Terry Jones & André Jacquemin) – 2:10
  8. "Crocodile" (Terry Jones & Michael Palin) – 2:34
  9. "Decomposing Composers" (Michael Palin, André Jacquemin, Terry Jones, David Howman, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Strauss & Johann Sebastian Bach) – 2:43
  10. "Bells" (John Cleese & Graham Chapman) – 2:22
  11. "Traffic Lights" (Michael Palin, Terry Jones, André Jacquemin & David Howman) – 1:55
  12. "All Things Dull and Ugly" (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, André Jacquemin, David Howman & Cecil Frances Alexander) – 1:28
  13. "A Scottish Farewell" (Terry Jones, Michael Palin, André Jacquemin & David Howman arr. Terry Gilliam) – 0:23

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2006 Bonus Tracks

  • Contractual Obligation - Terry Jones And Graham Chapman Promotional Interview
  • Radio Ad Obligation Promo
  • Medical Love Song [Alternate Demo Version]
  • I'm So Worried [Demo Version]

Performers

  • Graham Chapman
  • John Cleese
  • Terry Gilliam
  • Eric Idle
  • Terry Jones
  • Michael Palin

Additional performers

  • Dirk McQuickly (vocal on "Henry Kissinger")
  • Ollie Halsall (impersonating John Denver)
  • Mike Berry (singing voice on "Here Comes Another One" and "A Scottish Farewell")
  • The Fred Tomlinson Singers

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Credits

  • Eric Idle—producer
  • André Jacquemin—assistant producer and chief engineer
  • Rob Briancarol—assistant engineer
  • Trevor Jones—musical production and arrangements
  • Basil Pao—sleeve design
  • Fred Tomlinson—musical director of backing vocals
  • Kevin Hodge—mastering engineer
  • Jim Beach is credited as "the lawyer the Pythons wronged"

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