Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album

Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album

Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album

Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album is the final studio album by Monty Python, released in 1980. As the title suggests, the album was put together to complete a contract with Charisma Records. Besides newly written songs and sketches, the sessions saw re-recordings of material that dated back to the 1960s pre-Python shows I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again, The Frost Report, At Last The 1948 Show and How To Irritate People. One track, "Bells", dates from the sessions for Monty Python's Previous Record, while further material was adapted from Eric Idle's post-Python series Rutland Weekend Television. The group also reworked material written but discarded from early drafts of Life Of Brian, as well as the initial scripts for what would eventually become The Meaning Of Life.


"Farewell to John Denver", which contained a few bars of The Rutles member Ollie Halsall impersonating John Denver singing a parody of "Annie's Song", followed by the sound of the singer being strangled, was removed from subsequent pressings of the UK version 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 reinstated the John Denver track, but after Denver's death in a plane crash, the 2006 reissue reverted to Terry Jones' apology (the original "Farewell to John Denver" track can be found on the Arista CD The Monty Python Instant Record Collection). Original advance print advertising by Charisma Records included the tagline, "Now a Major Lawsuit".

1 Sit on My Face

2 Announcement (Monty Python's Conractual Obligation Album)

3 Henry Kissinger

4 String

5 Never Be Rude to An Arab

6 I Like Chinese

7 The Bishop

8 Medical Love Song

9 Finland

10 I'm So Worried

11 I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio

12 Martyrdom of St Victor

13 Here Comes Another One

14 Bookshop

15 Do What John

16 Rock Notes

17 Muddy Knees

18 Crocodile

19 Decomposing Composers

20 Bells

21 Traffic Lights

22 All Things Dull and Ugly

23 A Scottish Farewell

24 Contractual Obligation - Terry Jones and Graham Chapman Promotional Interview

25 Radio Ad Obligation Promo, Radio Ad Promo, Fanfare

26 Medical Love Song

27 I'm So Worried

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