Eric Idle recording ‘five new tracks’ for Monty Python album re-release

Comedian confirms plans to reissue 'Monty Python Sings (Again)' with fresh material

Eric Idle has confirmed that he is working on new Monty Python songs for a re-release of the group’s ‘Monty Python Sings’ album.

Posting on Twitter, the comedian stated that he is making progress with ‘Monty Python Sings (Again)’ with the album set to feature five new tracks alongside some of Monty Python’s best known comedy songs. A brand new single will be released in May ahead of a series of reunion shows taking place at London’s O2 Arena in July.

The British Comedy Guide reports Idle has been working on the music with John Du Prez. The composer previously created the score to Monty Python’s last film, The Meaning of Life, and has also worked with Idle on the musical stage show Spamalot.

Idle confirmed plans on Twitter, posting:

The compilation album ‘Monty Python Sings’ was first released in 1989 and features tracks from the group’s films and TV work, including ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ and ‘Knights of the Round Table (Camelot Song)’.

The Monty Python reunion shows had to be extended from one date to five after tickets for the first show at London’s O2 Arena sold out in 43.5 seconds. Idle will be directing the show. The show will contain new material as well as some “greatest hits” and material they’ve never performed live onstage before, plus animation from Terry Gilliam.

The troupe last performed live at the Hollywood Bowl in July, 1980. They last performed in London at Drury Lane Theatre in 1974.