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The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
Monty Python's Matching Tie and Handkerchief is a 1973 collection of (mostly) album-only interwoven sketches. The best bits are ones that take full advantage of the radio idiom--"Novel Writing," in which sports announcers ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Monty Python's Flying Circus
Title: The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 1/1/1975
Re-Release Date: 3/11/1997
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Style: Comedy & Spoken Word
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078221895620, 078221835725, 078221895620

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Monty Python's Matching Tie and Handkerchief is a 1973 collection of (mostly) album-only interwoven sketches. The best bits are ones that take full advantage of the radio idiom--"Novel Writing," in which sports announcers breathlessly chronicle the first sentence of Thomas Hardy's newest book; or "Wasp Club/Tiger Talk," in which a typical BBC show about pets quickly turns into a savage fight for life inside the studio. John Cleese, having practiced on the mid-1960s radio show I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again is the most assured performer on the album. But Michael Palin, Eric Idle, and quasi-Python Neil Innes all figure prominently. Very British, somewhat 1970s, Matching Tie and Handkerchief is an absolute joy for any Python fan. A minor quibble: the LP sported a cool double-grooved side 2, and every time you put the needle down, you didn't know which lineup of sketches you would get. Obviously--and unfortunately--the CD can't do this. --Michael Gerber

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For thinking people only
Patrick Rael | 08/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Take the good from the comments below. The third side *was* brilliant (on lp), and the audio-only tracks *are* up there with the best of their work. Leave aside the classics on this (like the philosopher's drinking song) and appreciate the brilliance of the pieces no one knows. Want the best Python line nobody ever quotes? Try: "Ah yes, his head's been ripped off." Nobody could combine smart and stupid as well as these blokes."