Monty Python / Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection box set

Monty Python’s Total Rubbish is a new nine-LP box set due to be released on the eve of the comic group’s apparently career-ending London live dates in July 2014.

The box set will feature all nine of Monty Python’s UK albums: Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Another Monty Python Record, Monty Python’s Previous Record, Matching Tie and Handkerchief, Live at Drury Lane, Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album and The Meaning Of Life and will come with a bonus seven-inch single of their 1974 flexi-disc Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing.

The set will also be available as a nine-CD edition, which also comes with the seven-inch vinyl record.


9CD version of “Monty Python’s Total Rubbish”

The albums were cut with an all analogue signal path from the original 1/4″ master tapes, where available. Both editions also contain a casebound book with new liner notes with a foreword by Michael Palin, original Monty Python artwork, archive photos and an original Terry Gilliam-designed full colour slipcase.

sings_againAt the same time, for a more modest budget, comes the 25th anniversary deluxe reissue of Monty Python Sings (Again). This features songs and ditties from across their recording and film career, and now includes six previously unavailable tracks; three never before released songs from the Python archives and three new recordings by Eric Idle. The 2CD deluxe edition is an eight-panel digi-pack (designed by – who else – Terry Gilliam) and includes a bonus disc of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (their live debut album from 1970) and a 32-page booklet with lyrics and track-by-track notes.

Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection is released on 30 June 2014 and Monty Python Sings (Again) is out on 9 June.


Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: 9LP Vinyl Box+7″


Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: 9CD Box+7″


Monty Python Sings Again 2CD Deluxe Edition

Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: Full track listing

LP1: Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Side one:

  • Flying Sheep
  • A Man with Three Buttocks
  • Crunchy Frog
  • Nudge Nudge Wink Wink
  • The Mouse Problem – 3:14
  • Buying a Bed
  • Interesting People
  • Barber Shop Sketch
  • Lumberjack Song
  • Interview

Side two:

  • Arthur Two Sheds
  • Children’s Stories
  • Visitors
  • Albatross
  • Mr Hilter
  • The North Minehead By-Election
  • Me, Doctor
  • Dead Parrot Sketch
  • Self Defence

LP2: Another Monty Python Record

Side one:

  • Apologies
  • Spanish Inquisition
  • World Forum/Communist Phonecall
  • Gumby Theatre, etc.
  • The Architect
  • The Piranha Brothers

Side two:

  • Penguin On The TV
  • Comfy Chair/Sound Quiz
  • Be A Great Actor/Theatre Critic
  • Royal Festival Hall Concert
  • Spam
  • The Judges
  • Stake Your Claim
  • Still No Sign of Land (Lifeboat)
  • Undertaker

LP3: Monty Python’s Previous Record

Side one:

  • Embarrassment/Book At Bedtime
  • England 1747 – Dennis Moore
  • Money Programme
  • Dennis Moore Continues
  • Australian Table Wines
  • Argument Clinic
  • Putting Budgies Down and so forth
  • Eric the Half-a-Bee
  • Travel Agency

Side two:

  • Radio Quiz Game
  • A Massage/City Noises Quiz
  • Miss Anne Elk
  • We Love the Yangtze – Yangtse Kiang Song
  • How-To-Do-It Lessons
  • A Minute Passed
  • Eclipse of the Sun/Alistair Cooke
  • Wonderful World of Sounds
  • A Fairy Tale

LP4: Monty Python’s Matching Tie & Handkerchief

Side one:

  • Church Police
  • Elephantoplasty
  • Novel Writing
  • Word Association
  • Bruces/Philosopher’s Song
  • The Adventures of Ralph Mellish/Hot Dogs and Knickers
  • Cheese Shop sketch
  • Wasp Club/Tiger Talk
  • Great Actors

Side two (concentric groove):

groove one:

  • The Background to History
  • First World War Noises
  • Boxing Tonight (Fight of the Century)

groove two:

  • Minister for Overseas Development (aka Mrs. Niggerbaiter explodes)
  • Oscar Wilde and Friends
  • Buying A Cat (aka Taking in the Terrier)
  • Phone-In

LP5: Monty Python Live At The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Side one:

  • Introduction/Llamas
  • Gumby Flower Arranging
  • Secret Service
  • Wrestling
  • Communist Quiz
  • Idiot Song
  • Albatross /Colonel
  • Nudge, Nudge/Cocktail Bar
  • Travel Agent

Side two:

  • Spot the Brain Cell
  • Bruces
  • Argument
  • Four Yorkshiremen
  • Election Special
  • Lumberjack Song
  • Parrot Sketch

LP6: Monty Python’s Holy Grail

Side one:

  • Introduction To The Executive Album Edition
  • Tour Of The Classic Silbury Hill Theatre
  • Live Broadcast From London Premiere Of The Film
  • Narration From The Silbury Hill Gentlemen’s Room / You’re Using Coconuts
  • Bring Out Your Dead
  • King Arthur And The Old Woman: A Lesson In Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune Living
  • A Witch?
  • A Lesson In Logic
  • Knights of the Round Table
  • The Quest For The Holy Grail
  • Live From The Parking Lot At The Silbury Hill Theatre
  • The Castle Of Louis De Lombard: A Strange Person
  • Bomb Scare

Side two:

  • Executive Album Edition Announcement
  • Another Executive Album Edition Announcement
  • The Story Of The Film So Far
  • The Tale Of Sir Robin
  • The Knights Who Say Ni!
  • Interview with Filmmaker Carl French
  • The Tale Of Sir Lancelot: At Swamp Castle
  • Tim the Enchanter / A Shakespearean Critique
  • A Foul-Tempered Rabbit
  • Executive Album Edition Addendum
  • The Castle Aaargh / The End

LP7: Monty Python’s Life Of Brian

Side one:

  • Introduction
  • Brian Song
  • The Wise Men At The Manger
  • Brian Song (Cont.)
  • Sermon On The Mount (Big Nose)
  • Stone Salesman
  • Stoning
  • Ex-Leper
  • You Mean You Were Raped? (Nortius Maximus)
  • Revolutionaries In The Amphitheatre (Loretta)
  • Romans Go Home
  • What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?
  • Ben
  • Brian Before Pilate (Throw Him To The Floor)

Side two:

  • Prophets
  • Beard Salesman
  • Brian’s Prophecy
  • The Hermit
  • He’s Not The Messiah, He’s A Very Naughty Boy
  • Pilate Sentences Brian
  • Nisus Wettus
  • Pilate With The Crowd (Welease Wodger)
  • Nisus Wettus With The Gaolers
  • Release Brian
  • Not So Bad Once You’re Up
  • Revs Salute Brian
  • Cheeky Is Released
  • Mandy To Her Son
  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life (All Things Dull And Ugly)

LP8: Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album

Side one:

  • Sit on My Face
  • Announcement
  • Henry Kissinger
  • String
  • Never Be Rude to an Arab
  • I Like Chinese
  • Bishop
  • Medical Love Song
  • Finland
  • I’m So Worried

Side two:

  • I Bet You They Won’t Play This Song on the Radio
  • Martyrdom of St. Victor
  • Here Comes Another One
  • Bookshop
  • Do What John
  • Rock Notes
  • Muddy Knees
  • Crocodile
  • Decomposing Composers
  • Bells
  • Traffic Lights
  • All Things Dull and Ugly
  • A Scottish Farewell

LP9: Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life

Side one:

  • Introduction/Fish Introduction/The Meaning of Life
  • Birth/Frying Eggs
  • Every Sperm Is Sacred/Protestant Couple/Adventures Of Martin Luther
  • Sex Education
  • Trench Warfare/The Great Tea of 1914-18/Fish

Side two:

  • Terry Gilliam’s Intro/Accountancy Shanty/Zulu Wars
  • The Dungeon Restaurant/Live Organ Transplants/The Galaxy Song
  • The Penis Song (Not the Noël Coward Song)/Mr. Creosote
  • The Grim Reaper/Christmas In Heaven
  • Dedication (To Fish)

7″: Monty Python’s Tiny Round Black Thing (7-inch single)

Side A:

D.P. Gumby presents “Election ‘74”

Side B:

The Lumberjack Song

Monty Python Sings (again) – Deluxe Version

CD1: Mony Python Sings (again)

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
  • The Meaning of Life
  • The Silly Walk Song (previously unreleased)
  • Penis Song (Not the Noel Coward Song)
  • Money Song
  • Oliver Cromwell
  • Accountancy Shanty
  • Finland
  • Medical Love Song
  • I’m So Worried
  • Every Sperm Is Sacred
  • I Like Chinese
  • The Naval Medley (previously unreleased)
  • Sit On My Face
  • Never Be Rude to an Arab
  • Eric the Half-a-Bee
  • Brian Song
  • Rudyard Kipling(previously unreleased)
  • Nudge Rap /Blackmail (previously unreleased)
  • Bruces’ Philosophers Song (Bruces’ Song)
  • Knights of the Round Table (Camelot Song)
  • All Things Dull and Ugly
  • Decomposing Composers
  • Henry Kissinger
  • I’ve Got Two Legs
  • Rainy Day In Berlin (previously unreleased)
  • Christmas in Heaven
  • Galaxy Song
  • Spam Song
  • Lousy Song (previously unreleased)
  • Lumberjack Song

CD2: Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1970)

  • Flying Sheep
  • A Man with Three Buttocks
  • Crunchy Frog
  • Nudge Nudge Wink Wink
  • The Mouse Problem
  • Buying a Bed
  • Interesting People
  • Barber Shop Sketch
  • Lumberjack Song
  • Interview
  • Arthur Two Sheds
  • Children’s Stories
  • Visitors
  • Albatross
  • Mr Hilter
  • The North Minehead By-Election
  • Me, Doctor
  • Dead Parrot Sketch
  • Self-Defence


Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: 9LP Vinyl Box+7″


Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: 9CD Box+7″


Monty Python Sings Again 2CD Deluxe Edition

31 responses to Monty Python / Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection box set

  1. baward says:


    I hope Mr Cleese is funnier than he was on Chatty Man with Alan Carr the other week. Fingers and naughty bits crossed.

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  3. Paul Kent says:

    …and no “John Denver”! :D

    @KevinK – Got my ticket, mate! Saturday July 5th. Counting the days, can’t wait! :)

  4. Paul Kent says:

    @Sean – Thanks for the info. Didn’t know about the mastering error on “Another MP Record”. And you’re right – how could they not find space for the “Summarize Proust” sketch among the bonus material? Another nice touch would have been a CD transfer for the “Life Of Brian” script read-through that appears on the DVD. It’s got material cut from the final draft and is a very entertaining listen.

  5. Dave says:


  6. Dave says:

    Currently £120 on Amazon UK.

  7. KevinK says:

    … oh, and more tickets have been released for the O2 gigs if anyone is interested and missed out the first time. I think they’re all pricey ones though!
    (see the montypythonlive site!)

  8. KevinK says:

    The new single CD version of “Sings … again” (with extra tracks, but without the bonus CD of the first album) is currently a bargain £1.50 more on Amazon UK than the Deluxe double CD!

  9. sean says:

    “There was also I recall a flexi disc with Monty Python’s Previous Record featuring “Teach Yourself Health”. ”

    There are also a few odds and ends not included here; probably most notable, a few deleted tracks from “Previous Record” — “Summarize Proust” and another one that was included on the original “Instant Record Collection” but never again.

    Plus at least “Final Rip-Off” had original links, but that sort of stuff I guess doesn’t matter *that* much…

  10. sean says:

    ““Another Monty Python Record” featuring some extended sketches different to the original release. ”

    This is actually generally regarded as a mistake. There is an unedited version of the album which was released in the US on LP, but the UK had the properly edited version released. For unknown reasons, when the album was released on CD, they used the US master, and they have never gone back and fixed it.

  11. Alan Fenwick says:

    Vinyl set down to £119.99 on Amazon today

  12. Paul Kent says:

    @Ron – only 5 tracks from “Fast Buck” feature in the bonus material across the 2006 remasters. All the rest is previously unreleased. “Rudyard Kipling” and “Rainy Day In Berlin” (which appears on some versions of “Fast Buck”) are both on the “Sings” reissue. I don’t understand why they took the trouble to rework and remaster “Fast Buck” and then pull it. It is what is is – outtakes deemed below par – but there is some good stuff on it. I hope it gets officially released at some point.

    • Ron Hatchell says:

      @Paul – Thanks for the info. I guess I will keep most of my previous CD’s that have anything the new ones don’t.

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  14. Simon F says:

    This looks like a great set but will the vinyl LP’s be complete with all their original packaging, inner sleeves and inserts such as “How To Be A Great Actor” kit with Another Monty Python Record? There was also I recall a flexi disc with Monty Python’s Previous Record featuring “Teach Yourself Health”. I’ve got a number of these LP’s but they are, a-hem(!) rather worn so replacements would be very nice…. that’s why I like it, cos it’s very niiiiiiiccccccceeeeeee………

  15. Paul Kent says:

    …and I agree with Lee that “Hastily Cobbled Together For A Fast Buck” should have been included, but a lot of it is featured across the bonus tracks.

    • Ron Hatchell says:

      I thought the tracks on “Hastily…” were the bonus tracks on the recent CD issues from a few years ago? If they are going to on this upcoming CD re-issued box set, then I think we should have everything?

  16. Paul Kent says:

    *Sorry, I meant 2006 but my finger slipped on my piddly little iPhone!

  17. Paul Kent says:

    By the look of it, these are the 2007 remasters repackaged. The new remaster of “Matching Tie & Handkerchief” was absolutely atrocious – very muddy with poor stereo separation. Luckily I’d still kept the original CD issues when I bought the remasters. The rest sound great, with “Another Monty Python Record” featuring some extended sketches different to the original release. But, it did say on the 2007 remasters that they were remastered from the original 1/4″ tapes, too. Nothing indicates that these are new transfers for 2014, so until I know that it will be a new, cleaner transfer of “MT&H” I’ll give it a miss. After all, the flexi-disc isn’t that good anyway.

  18. KevinK says:

    The album with the concentric grooves on side two was “Matching Tie.. ” – and the track listing posted above suggests the new issue will have the same.

  19. Bob says:

    If I recall, one of the albums (Another?) had a dual track on one side – so you never knew which “side” you were going to get when the needle dropped or am I imagining it? Are they including those tracks some how in this set?

    • Ron Hatchell says:

      Yes, the vinyl record re-issue will be the same as the original issue, in regards to the “two grooves” on the one side.

  20. Kevin says:

    Tim – It looks like the LP set does not contain the bonus tracks but, according to the track listing for the CD set on the Virgin site, the CDs appear to be the 2006 configurations with bonus tracks.

  21. Tim H says:

    Are the albums the remastered plus bonus tracks which were released in 2006?…it doesn’t look like it from the track listing.

  22. Alan Fenwick says:

    At the moment the Vinyl box comes in slightly cheaper directly from the Virgin EMI Store Price is £129.99 + £6.95 shipping bring a total of £136.94. I’m guessing like usual Amazon will drop their price eventually but it’s worth considering this as an extra option if you’re interested in the poster.

    You do get a bonus if you order from there as well which is the followin:

    Free Exclusive Monty Python’s Total Rubbish! Poster

    The limited edition poster is designed by Terry Gilliam and exclusive to the Monty Python Store. It measures a whopping 30″ x 30″, is printed on 250gsm silk paper and comes rolled in a tube.

    The poster also comes with the CD set as well.

  23. Boaz Halachmi says:

    So let me understand… I will pay 70 Pounds for 9CDs (and a 7″) but will need to pay 12 Pounds extra for 6 unreleased tracks. Or am I wrong?

    • Boaz Halachmi says:

      …and ending having 2 copies of the Flying Circus CD? Why can they put bonus CD with the extra tracks in the box?

      • Craig says:

        Yes, it looks that way..But of the 6 unreleased tracks only 3 are archival (I’ve personally no interest in the 3 new Idle tracks, I don’t know why they’re included here at all) so I’d suggest getting the box and buying the 3 tracks missing digitally – unless you’re loaded !

  24. Awesome news for my collection, not so for my bank balance :'(

  25. lee says:

    still no official release for Hastily Cobbled Together For A Fast Buck? this would have been an excellent opportunity!

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