The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief is the fourth album by the comedy group Monty Python, released in 1973. The full title of the album is Free Record Given Away With The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief, and the initial pressings were allegedly packaged with a real tie and handkerchief and distributed to menswear stores, the concept being that the record was merely a 'free gift' in the manner of plastic dinosaurs with breakfast cereals. It is also notable for its inner sleeve art, which is visible through a cutaway hole in the album's outer sleeve. It appears to be a simple Terry Gilliam artwork of a tie and handkerchief, but when the inner sleeve is pulled out, it reveals that the tie and handkerchief are actually on a dead man hanging rather graphically from a gallows. Later releases of the album would just have the picture of the clothing on the front cover, and removed the inner sleeve and the unusual hidden artwork.
It is particularly notable for the fact that the original release on Charisma Records had two parallel grooves on side two, so that different material would be played depending on where the stylus was put down on the record's surface. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as a "three-sided" record. The cutting was carried out by George "Porky" Peckham. To further confuse the listener, both sides of the LP are labelled "Side 2" - only the matrix numbers (CAS1080A and CAS1080B) identify which are the first and second sides.
The following sketches are from the TV series: "Church Police", "Bruces/Philosopher's Song (minus The Philosophers Song)", "Cheese Shop", "Mrs. Niggerbaiter Explodes", "Oscar Wilde", and "Buying a Cat". The remainder are exclusive to this album.
01 - Salvation Fuzz
02 - Elephantoplasty
03 - Novel Writing
04 - Word Association
05 - Bruces-Philosopher's Song
06 - The Adventures of Ralph Mellish
07 - Cheese Shop
08 - Wasp Club-Tiger Talk
09 - Great Actors
10 - The Background to History
11 - First World War Noises
12 - Boxing Tonight (Fight Of The Century)
13 - Minister for Overseas Development
14 - Oscar Wilde and Friends
15 - Buying A Cat
16 - Phone-In
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