The Final Rip Off

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This ironically titled set was not the final Monty Python anthology; contrarily, it is the troupe's first CD compilation. Nor could it be considered a ripoff, as it draws upon practically all of their albums, the exceptions being their debut long-player, Monty Python's Flying Circus 1970, as well as the Life of Brian 1979 and The Meaning of Life 1983 soundtracks. This is more likely due to licensing constraints than a dismissal of the contents. The bulk of the Final Rip Off 1988 has been derived from Another Monty Python Record 1971 and Monty Python's Previous Record 1973 -- which consist primarily of sketches from the four series of their groundbreaking BBC-TV program, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This ironically titled set was not the final Monty Python anthology; contrarily, it is the troupe's first CD compilation. Nor could it be considered a ripoff, as it draws upon practically all of their albums, the exceptions being their debut long-player, Monty Python's Flying Circus 1970, as well as the Life of Brian 1979 and The Meaning of Life 1983 soundtracks. This is more likely due to licensing constraints than a dismissal of the contents. The bulk of the Final Rip Off 1988 has been derived from Another Monty Python Record 1971 and Monty Python's Previous Record 1973 -- which consist primarily of sketches from the four series of their groundbreaking BBC-TV program, Monty Python's Flying Circus. Likewise, there are copious inclusions from their post-telly recordings Matching Tie and Handkerchief 1973 and Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album 1980. As this or really any Python platter demonstrates, the collective and respective talents of writer/actors Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam are as aurally unequaled as they are visually incomparable. Even as personalities and egos clashed behind the scenes, the results were uniformly inspired; this remains true of Palin's newly recorded "Introduction" and a few other brief links as well. A glance at the running order will inevitably reveal favorites for all dimensions of enthusiast, from the absurdist pet-related humor of "Fish Licence" and "Parrot Oh, Not Again" to the rare Cleese singing vocal on "Eric the Half-a-Bee Song" to the witty and worldly pokes at pompous pretenses on "Australian Table Wines," "Four Yorkshiremen," or the "Gumby Theatre" adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "Cherry Orchard." Plenty of Python's demented ditties are here as well, such as the Viking-led ode to "Spam," "I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio," and the Dadaist dig at Cleese on "Do Wot John." The sole cinematic representation comes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail 1975. Final Rip Off is arguably the best representation of Monty Python's remarkable comedic range, although fanatics may find it doesn't replace owning each of the individual titles from which it has been compiled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778603320
  • Catalog Number: 86033
  • Sales rank: 14,028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:48)
  2. 2 Constitutional Peasant (2:51)
  3. 3 Fish Licence (2:49)
  4. 4 Eric the Half-A-Bee Song (2:06)
  5. 5 Finland Song (2:20)
  6. 6 Travel Agent (3:46)
  7. 7 Are You Embarrassed Easily? (2:25)
  8. 8 Australian Table Wines (1:38)
  9. 9 Argument (3:39)
  10. 10 Henry Kissinger Song (1:35)
  11. 11 Parrot (Oh, Not Again) (5:40)
  12. 12 Sit on My Face (0:06)
  13. 13 Undertaker (0:44)
  14. 14 Novel Writing (1:34)
  15. 15 String (2:34)
  16. 16 Bells (0:21)
  17. 17 Traffic Lights (2:19)
  18. 18 Cocktail Bar (2:23)
  19. 19 Four Yorkshiremen (1:56)
  20. 20 Election Special (3:45)
  21. 21 Lumberjack Song (3:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Like Chinese (3:15)
  2. 2 Spanish Inquisition, Pt. 1 (2:01)
  3. 3 Cheese Shop (4:09)
  4. 4 Cherry Orchard (2:02)
  5. 5 Architect's Sketch (2:48)
  6. 6 Spanish Inquisition, Pt. 2 (1:08)
  7. 7 Spam (2:27)
  8. 8 Spanish Inquisition, Pt. 3 (1:08)
  9. 9 Comfy Chair (0:15)
  10. 10 Famous Person Quiz (1:22)
  11. 11 You Be the Actor (3:01)
  12. 12 Nudge, Nudge (2:09)
  13. 13 Cannibalism (3:15)
  14. 14 Spanish Inquisition Revisited (0:20)
  15. 15 I Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio (0:55)
  16. 16 Bruces (3:02)
  17. 17 Bookshop (4:27)
  18. 18 Do Wot John (0:30)
  19. 19 Rock Notes (2:11)
  20. 20 I'm So Worried (3:17)
  21. 21 Crocodile (2:48)
  22. 22 French Taunter (2:34)
  23. 23 Marilyn Monroe (2:07)
  24. 24 Swamp Castle (4:04)
  25. 25 French Taunter, Pt. 2 (2:30)
  26. 26 Last Word (0:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Monty Python Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Fred Tomlinson Vocals
Technical Credits
Monty Python Composer
Michael Palin Composer
Terry Jones Composer
Andre Jacquemin Producer
George Rowbottom Art Direction
Fred Tomlinson Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Alas, a rip off

    I am a Monty Python fan.
    Two tracks are truly hilarious (Spam, Lumberjack).
    Several a mildly amusing.
    The rest are only worth skipping.
    Perhaps these bits only work when the visual is combined with the audio.
    But, as an audio only delivery, it loses much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a great thing to have

    This cd is great. It has everything a monty python could ever ask for like Eric the half a bee and The lumberjack song. It has some of their best skeches as well as songs. If you're a python fan you have to get this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Monty Python Compilation

    I had this one in college and am so happy to find it's still around... we saw "Spamalot" tonight and I can't wait to start listening to my favorite old skits again. A great album to have, especially if you get just one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Monty Python at its best

    Monty Python has made another great album. I like this album because it has more sketches than songs. This album will really brighten anyone's day. Full of humrous stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME CD

    The best of Monty Python's Cds, combined into one, great masterpeice. Good for long trips, or when your mo bans you from the TV.

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    Posted February 19, 2009

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