ABSTRACT

The tenth track on the CD reissue of the album Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) has the apparently awkward title “Link to Revolutionaries in The Amphitheatre (Loretta).” Yet listening to the track reveals the title to be entirely appropriate. Here two men discuss the need for one (voiced by Graham Chapman) to provide a narrative “link.” He expresses confusion, and the other (voiced by Eric Idle) explains: “We just want you to link all the bits together. You see, what we’ve got is a film, and ah, and it doesn’t make much sense. You know, just on a record.”1 After saying that it involves a “sort of nonsense comedy group,” he repeats the request: “What we really need to do is link a few of the odd scenes together.” It becomes clear that one man has hired the other to record new narration to cover gaps in the album’s audio presentation of the film’s story. While this material is present on the album’s original version, it is only an individual track when the album is released on CD (and later streaming services). The next album track is, not surprisingly, “Revolutionaries in The Amphitheatre (Loretta).”