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Steve Simels

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The Pythons … have come up with a new album, ["Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album", which is] every bit as tasteless and funny as its predecessors. The emphasis this time is on songs, and a couple here are absolute classics, especially a 19-second John Denver parody and a rousing, Nelson Eddy-ish Mountie number that expresses the sublime sentiment Sit on My Face. But a couple of the nonmusical skits are pretty snappy too. Rock Notes does to the gossip column of Rolling Stone what should have been done years ago, and Book Shop rivals the Pythons' famous dead-parrot routine for sustained lunacy. By way of a finale, there's a children's choir singing the inspirational hymn All Things Dull and Ugly, which should be required listening for all card-carrying members of the Moral Majority. So, come to think of it, should the entire album. This is wonderfully sick stuff, and I heartily recommend it. (pp. 96-7)

Steve Simels, "Recording of Special Merit: 'Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album'," in Stereo Review (copyright © 1981 by Ziff-Davis Publishing Company), Vol. 46, No. 1. January, 1981, pp. 96-7.

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