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Jon Tiven

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There's no doubt in my mind that the Monty Python group is not only very funny, but that they're very accessible to U.S. audiences, despite many rumours to the contrary….

The question is, can Python's attack, which is highly visual, be translated well enough onto the disc and back up into our mind's eye? Fortunately the answer is yes. [On The Album of the Soundtrack of the Trailer of the Film of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" they've] taken the most rib-tickling bits of their movies, thrown in some conceptual jokes, running commentary, and assorted oddities … and packaged them all very cleverly. Python devotees will not be disappointed with this record. Be, however, forewarned that this album, like most spoken-word recordings, does not wear well with age—it's not an album you'll get more from in repeated listening. On the other hand, unlike most comedy records, this is good the first time you hear it.

Jon Tiven, "The Column: 'The Album of the Soundtrack of the Etc.'," in Audio (© 1975, CBS Publications, The Consumer Publishing Division of CBS Inc.), Vol. 59, No. 12, December, 1975, p. 89.

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