JOHN CLEESE AUDIO RECORDINGS

Cambridge Circus (1963)

(the original soundtrack album from the show with the original cast; this album was re-released on double cassette in 1993 along with the very first album of "I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again")

SIDE ONE: Green Line Bus; Patients For the Use Of; Boring Sexy Song; Great Moments in British Theatre (How Green Was My Buttonhole?); Pride and Joy; B.BB.C; Sing Sing

SIDE TWO: Boring Straight Song; Swap a Jest; Those Were the Days; O.H.M.S.; Judge Not

  • LP: (1963) Odeon PPMC 1208 (U.K.)
  • LP: (1965) Odeon PCS 3046 (U.K) (original Broadway Cast recording; presumably includes the same material as the 1963 album)

That Was The Week That Was (1963)

(recordings from the David Frost series, written contributions by John Cleese, such as the track "Regella")

SIDE ONE: That Was the Week That Was; I've Heard of Politics But This Is Ridiculous; 326098 L/Cpl. Wallace A.J. Royal Signals; Emergency Call; Lawrence of Arabia; Regella; Salvation Army; Dixon; Peter Cadbury

SIDE TWO: Engagement; If You're Game, Baby; Safe Comedian; Stop Press; Ad Nauseum; Skybolt; Faith in This Nuclear Age; Fly Buttons; Well I Must Admit, Sir; Closing Titles

  • LP: (1963) Odeon PMC 1197 PCS 3040 (U.K)


Half A Sixpence (1965)

(original Broadway cast recording of the musical comedy "Half a Sixpence" starring Tommy Steele and featuring John Cleese; story based on H.G. Wells' novel "Kipps"; John Cleese is not featured on any particular track, and it is not sure if he was present for the recording of the Broadway cast album)

  • LP: (1965) RCA Victor/Dynagroove Recording, LOC-1110 (U.S.) (mono)
  • LP: (1965) RCA Victor/Dynagroove Recording LSO-1110 (U.S.) (stereo version of the same recording)


The Frost Report On Britain (1966) (see Graham Chapman)


The Frost Report On Everything (1967) (see Graham Chapman)


Superspike, Parts 1 And 2

(skit "The Superspike Squad" with John Cleese, released as part of the International Athlete's Club's "Superspike" fund raising campaign)

  • SI: (19***) Bradley 7606 (U.K.)

I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (1967)

(first of the ISIRTA albums; this album was re-released on double cassette in 1993 along with the "Cambridge Circus" album)

SIDE ONE: The Auctioneer; The Day After Tomorrow's World; The Doctor (Oddie, Cleese); Blimpht; John and Mary (Oddie, Cleese); Robin Hood (Garden, Cleese)

SIDE TWO: Identikit Gal; Baby Talk; Family Favorites; The Curse of the Flying Wombat; Closing/Angus Prune Tune

  • LP: (1967) EMI M-11634 (or 1164) (U.K.) (also cited as BBC Records REH 342 (U.K.) which conflicts with the 1978 recording below)
  • LP: (1967) EMI Records Ltd. OUM 2119 (U.K.)
  • LP: (1967) EMI EMC 2611 (Australia)
  • LP: (1967) Capitol M-11634 (U.S.)

The Bliss Of Mrs. Blossom (1968)

(soundtrack of the film which featured John Cleese in a small role as a very dim Post Office Clerk; performed by the New Vaudeville Band)

  • LP: (1968) RCA Victor, 4080 (U.K.)

A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick) (1976) (see Graham Chapman)


The Mermaid Frolics (1977)

(recording of the 1977 Amnesty International benefit stage show, with John Cleese and Terry Jones; includes the "Bookshop" sketch as performed by John Cleese and his wife Connie Booth, Terry Jones performing "Forgive Me" and John Cleese and Jonathan Miller performing the sketch "Words... and Things")

SIDE ONE: The Original, Original Honky-Tonk Night-Train Blues (Julie Covington and Pete Atkin); Charlies' Nuts (The Bowles Brothers Band); Nagasaki (The Bowles Brothers Band); Sevilla (John Williams); Cavatina (John Williams); After You've Gone (Julie Covington); At The Hope (Julie Covington, Pete Atkin, and The Bowles Brothers Band)

SIDE TWO: E.L. Wisty From Beyond the Veil (Peter Cook); Bookshop (John Cleese and Connie Booth); Queen Mary and Pieter de Hoogh (Peter Ustinov); Forgive Me (Terry Jones); Words... and Things (John Cleese and Jonathan Miller); Miner (Peter Cook); Oratorio (Peter Ustinov)

  • LP: (1977) Polydor Special 2384101 (U.K.)


I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (1978)

(contains more material from the radio series; different from the 1967 EMI recording)

SIDE ONE: Opening Credits; Full Frontal Radio, Prune Manifesto, Buffers; Critics, Motoring Flash; Quickie (Cleese, Hatch); Honours List, News in Welsh, Minority Programmes; Home This Afternoon a Go Go (Cleese, Garden, Hatch, Oddie, Dave Lee Group); News Flash; Listening to the Flowers

SIDE TWO: Opening (Cleese, Hatch, the David Lee Group); Talent Contest; Eddie Wang Impersonation; Sickman's Blues; Taming of the Shrew, Closing Credits

  • LP: (1978) BBC Records REH 342 (U.K.)

The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979)

(recording of the 1979 Amnesty International benefit stage show featuring John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin)

SIDE ONE: Interesting Facts (Cleese, Cook); How Do You Do It? (Jones, Palin); The Names of the Game (Cleese, Jones); Stake Your Claim (Palin, Atkinson)

SIDE TWO: Cheese Shop (Cleese, Palin); Four Yorkshiremen (Cleese, Jones, Palin, Atkinson); The End of the World (Cook and cast)

  • LP: (1979) Island ILPS/9601 (U.K.)

Earth News (1980)

(promo interview album, containing interviews with John Cleese; released November 17, 1980)

  • LP: (1980)

That Was The Week That Was (1981)

(the best of the satiric revue, broadcast on NBC television 1964-1965, American version of the David Frost show; possibly includes written material by John Cleese)

  • CD: (1981) Radiola CDMR-1123 (Canada)


Fawlty Towers (1979)

(includes "Mrs. Richards" and "The Hotel Inspectors")

  • LP: (1979) BBC Records REB 377 (U.K.)
  • LP: (1979) BBC Records BBC-22377 (U.S.)
  • CS: (19***) BBC Records ZCF 377 (***)

Fawlty Towers: Second Sitting (1981)

(includes "The Builders" and "The Rat")

  • LP: (1981) BBC Records REB 405 (U.K.)
  • LP: (1981) BBC Records BBC-22405 (U.S.)
  • CS: (19***) BBC Records ZCF 405 (***)
  • LP: (19***) Warner 88378, ISBN 0-871-88378-* (U.S.)


The Secret Policeman's Other Ball (1981) (see Graham Chapman)


The Great Muppet Caper: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1981)

(soundtrack of the movie which featured John Cleese in a cameo; John Cleese does not appear on the album)

  • CD: (1993) Jim Henson Records / BMG / KIDZ, 74321 8246-2 (U.K.)


Fawlty Towers: At Your Service (1982)

(includes "The Germans" and "The Kipper and the Corpse")

  • LP: (1982) BBC Records REB 449 (U.K.)
  • LP: (1982) BBC Records BBC 22449 (U.S.)
  • LP: (19***) Warner 88379, ISBN 0-871-88379-1 (U.S.)


Fawlty Towers: A La Carte

(includes "Waldorf Salad" and "Gourmet Night")

  • LP: (19***) BBC Records REB 484 (U.K.)

The Complete Fawlty Towers Record Collection (19**)

(contains all four record albums in a boxed set; includes the albums "Fawlty Towers," "Second Sitting," "At Your Service," and "A La Carte")

SIDE 1: Mrs. Richers
SIDE 2: Hotel Inspectors
SIDE 3: The Rat
SIDE 4: The Builders
SIDE 5: Death
SIDE 6: Fire Drill
SIDE 7: The Americans
SIDE 8: Gourmet Night

  • LP: (19**) BBC Records & Tapes/distributed by Gemcom, BBC 22003 (U.S.)


Silverado (1985)

(original motion picture soundtrack, John Cleese does not appear on the soundtrack)

TRACK LISTING: Silverado Main Title; To Turley; The Getaway/Riding as One; Ezra's Death; The McKendrick Attack; Augie is Taken; On to Silverado; This Oughta Do; Augie's Rescue; Slick Then McKendrick; Goodbye, Cobb; End Credits (We'll be Back)

  • CD: (1990) Intrada MAF 7035D (U.S.)


Comic Relief: Utterly Utterly Live! (1986) (see Graham Chapman)


The Secret Policeman's Third Ball: The Music (1987)

(John Cleese made a brief appearance in this show but does not appear on the album)

  • CD: (1992) Virgin Records Ltd. 0777 7 86022 2 4 (U.K.)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball: The Comedy (1987)

(with Andrew Sachs as Manuel; John Cleese made a brief appearance in this show but does not appear on the album)

TRACK LISTING: Mike Hurley (as Bill Bore) & Chris Langham; Phil Cool; Emo Phillips; Spitting Image; Hale & Pace (as the Two Ron's); Mel Smith & Griff Rhys-Jones; Lenny Henry; French & Saunders; Andrew Sachs (as Manuel); Warren Mitchell (as Alf Garnett); Rory Bremner; Ben Elton; Mike Hurley (as Bill Bore)

  • CD: (1987) Virgin Records Ltd. CDVM 2459 (Canada)


The Secret Policeman's Third Ball: The Music (1987)

(music from the third Secret Policeman's Ball)

TRACK LISTING: Running up that Hill (Kate Bush); Save a Prayer (Duran Duran); Voices of Freedom (Lou Reed); This is the World Calling (Bob Geldof); For Everyman (Jackson Browne); Victim of Love (Erasure); Wouldn't it be Good (Nik Kershaw); Call Me Names (Joan Armatrading); Imagine (Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins); Biko (Peter Gabriel); Ship of Fools (World Party)

  • CD: (1987) Virgin Records Ltd. 0777 7 86022 2 4 (U.S.)


Fawlty Towers (1988)

(110 minutes, two cassette compilation of the series, includes "Mrs. Richards," "Basil the Rat," "The Builders," and "The Hotel Inspectors")

  • CS: (1988, 1994) BBC Enterprises Ltd. ZBBC 1006 (ISBN 0-563-225416) (U.K.) (reissued in 1994 with a different cover)
  • CS: (1988) BBC Enterprises, Ltd. ISBN 0-553-47314-X, distributed by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing (U.S.)
  • CD: (1995) BBC Worldwide Ltd. ZBBC 1006 CD (ISBN 0-563-38837-4) (U.K.) (2 CD collection)


Fawlty Towers 2 (1988)

(120 minutes, two cassette compilation of the series, includes "The Kipper and the Corpse," "The Germans," "Waldorf Salad," and "Gourmet Night")

  • CS: (1988, 1994) BBC Enterprises Ltd. ZBBC 1015 (ISBN 0-563-22542-4) (U.K.)
  • CS: (1995) distributed by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, ISBN 0-553-47300-X (U.S.)


Fawlty Towers (1988)

(tapes of all the episodes)

  • CS: (1988) AVC Corporation/The Mind's Eye (U.S.)

Screwtape Letters (1988)

(three hour, two cassette version of the C.S. Lewis book as read by John Cleese; a moral fable about temptation, faith and Christianity, cast in the form of letters from the demon Screwtape to a lesser devil.)

  • CS: (1988) Audio Literature 51595 (ISBN 0-944993-15-X) (U.S.)


A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

(original music soundtrack, music by John Du Prez)

TRACK LISTING: End Titles; Main Title; First Encounter with Otto; Robbery; George Arrested; Empty Safe; Wanda Meets Archie; Otto Jealousy; Sword Ballet; Humping; Wanda Visits Archie at Home; Assassination (1); Choir Boys; Wanda Meets Archie at Flat (1); Assassination (2); Wanda Meets Archie at Flat (2); Assassination (3); Ken's Sadness; Chase (1); Chase (2); A Fish Called Wanda Suite

  • CD: (1988) Soundscreen/Little Major Records SSLM SL5147-2 (U.S.)


I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again (1989)

(two-cassette collection of some of the original radio shows)

SIDE ONE: (broadcast June 9, 1968) Postal Announcement; The Kevin Mousetrap Show; Wonderful World (Scratchy Throat); Doctor's Office; Melody Farm (song); Favorite Stories From Shakespeare/Macbeth

SIDE TWO: (broadcast March 22, 1970) Offensive Announcement; Full Frontal Radio Prune; The Rolf Harris Dirty Songbook; Babies; Is This Your Life?; Stuffing the Gibbon (song); Prune Play of the Week (James Bond parody)

SIDE THREE: (broadcast April 5, 1970) Show Tune Medley; Common Market/Radio Prune Goes International; Censored Tom Jones; It's a Washout; Thud Bang Bang (song); Prune Play of the Week

SIDE FOUR: (broadcast December 23, 1973) Ministerial Broadcast to the Nation; Radio Terrapin; Childhood Remembered; Just My Bill (Eddie Waring); Brian Clough (song); The Colditz Story

  • CS: (1989) BBC Worldwide Ltd., ZBBC 1100 (ISBN 0-563-22717-6) (U.K.)


Public Television's Greatest Hits (1990) (see Compilation/Sampler Albums)

(includes an extended arrangement of the "Fawlty Towers" theme by Byron Olson, and performed by The United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra)


I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again 2 (1992)

(this collection of ISIRTA sketches includes the very first episode of the pilot series from 1964 and the special full-hour 25th anniversary episode recorded in 1989; includes written contributions by Eric Idle; track listing and titles are approximate)

SIDE ONE: (broadcast April 3, 1964) Top of the Form; Jack and the Beanstalk; Inward Bound; Cricket Commentary; Time For Romance/Just My Jim (song); Here Are The News/The Weather; Fritz & His Performing Hamsters; Sports Report/Wine Tasting; More Than Meets the Aye; Horrible Hairy Spiders; Trip to the Bank; Taxi Cab (song)

SIDE TWO: (broadcast May 9, 1966) Rat Catcher Strike; Angus Prune Tune; Mrs. Glasshouse; Traffic Wardens; Promenade Concert/There Was a Ship That Put To Sea All in The Month of May (song); Dr. Cleese; Somerset, Greatest Lawman of Them All (song); Harmony Hearts Marriage Guidance Bureau; I'm Sorry Read-Out/Caesar; Angus Prune Tune

SIDE THREE: (broadcast December 25, 1989) David Hatch; Angus Prune Tune; How It All Started; The Today Program/Green Party Conference; Spring, Spring, Spring (song); Recycled Programming; John Cleese and Robin Onboard the Ferret 1; John and Mary; Tim Brooke-Taylor; Prune Playhouse: Jack the Ripper (Part 1)

SIDE FOUR: (broadcast December 25, 1989) Prune Playhouse: Jack the Ripper (Part 2); Listener's Letters; Meeting of the ISIRTA Cast/John Cleese's Silly Walk for Radio; BBC Broadcasting in the 90s White Paper; John Cleese, the Richest Man in the World; John Cleese's Training Film; John Cleese Buys BBC Radio; Late Arrivals at the Bar- B-Que; The Ferret Song; Angus Prune Tune

  • CS: (1992) BBC Worldwide Ltd., ZBBC 1329 (ISBN 0-563-36657-5) (U.K.)


A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick), Vol. II has also been cited as The Complete A Poke In The Eye (With A Sharp Stick) (1991) (see Graham Chapman)


Families And How To Survive Them (1991)

(John Cleese and Robin Skynner discuss topics from their book for BBC Radio, 175 minutes; includes extracts from John Cleese's performances in Fawlty Towers, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and Taming of the Shrew)

  • CS: (1991) BBC Radio Collection/BBC Enterprises Ltd. ZBBC 1244 (ISBN 0563-365196) (U.K.)


An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)

(music from the motion picture soundtrack; although John Cleese performed one of the voices in this animated feature, he does not appear on the soundtrack)

TRACK LISTING: Dreams to Dream (Linda Rondstadt); American Tail Overture; Cat Rumble; Headin' Out West; Way Out West; Green River/Trek Through the Desert; Dreams to Dream (Cathy Cavadini); Building a New Town; Sacred Mountain; Reminiscing; The Girl You Left Behind (Cathy Cavadini); In Training; The Shout-Out; A New Land-The Future

  • CD: (1991) MCA Records, Inc. MCAD-10416 (U.S.)


British Comedy Classics (1991)

(a two cassette collection of rare British Comedy)

  • CS: (1991) EMI Comedy Collection ECC 17 (U.K.)

Dead Parrot Society: The Best Of British Comedy (1993) (see Graham Chapman)


Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? (1993)

(John Cleese narrates this Dr. Seuss short story for children, comes with book)

  • CS: (1993) Random House, Inc. ISBN 0-679-84993-9 (U.S.)


Cambridge Circus/I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again (1993)

(a re-release of the 1963 Cambridge Circus album and the 1967 ISIRTA album on two cassettes)

SIDE ONE (CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS): Green Line Bus; Patients For the Use Of; Boring Sexy Song; Great Moments in British Theatre (How Green Was My Buttonhole?); Pride and Joy; B.B.C.B.C; Sing Sing

SIDE TWO (CAMBRIDGE CIRCUS): Boring Straight Song; Swap a Jest; Those Were the Days; O.H.M.S.; Judge Not

SIDE THREE (ISIRTA): The Auctioneer; The Day After Tomorrow's World; The Doctor (Oddie, Cleese); Blimpht; John and Mary (Oddie, Cleese); Robin Hood (Garden, Cleese)

SIDE FOUR (ISIRTA): Identikit Gal; Baby Talk; Family Favorites; The Curse of the Flying Wombat; Closing/Angus Prune Tune

  • CS: (1993) EMI Comedy Classics, ECC 27 (ISBN 090140-136-6) (U.K.)


Fawlty Towers 3 (1994)

(120 minutes, two cassette compilation of the series, includes "A Touch of Class," "The Anniversary," "The Psychiatrist," and "The Wedding Party")

  • CS: (1994) BBC Enterprises Ltd., ZBBC 1634 (ISBN 0-563-39326-2) (U.K.)
  • CS: (1994) distributed by Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, ISBN 0-553-47382-4 (U.S.)


The Swan Princess (1994)

(music from the motion picture in which John Cleese provided the voice of Jean Bob, the frog; John Cleese does not appear on the soundtrack, another voice actor performed the singing voice in the film)

TRACK LISTING: Prologue; This Is My Idea; Practice, Practice, Practice; Far Longer Than Forever; No Fea; No More Mr. Nice Guy; Princesses on Parade; Far Longer Than Forever (Regina Belle and Jeffrey Osborne); No More Mr. Nice Guy (Dr. John); The Enchanted Castle; It's Not What It Seems; Derek Finds Odette; Gator-Aid; Odette Flies/Derek Gallops; End Credits; Eternity

  • CD: (1994) Sony Wonder LK 66762 (U.S)


The Jungle Book (1994)

(original motion picture soundtrack; instrumental; although John Cleese is mentioned on the album jacket, he does not appear on the album)

TRACK LISTING: Main Titles/The Caravan; Shere Kahn Attacks; Mowgli; Monkey City; Kitty; Treasure Room; Civilization; Baloo; Spoils; Finale

  • CD: (1994) Milan/BMG Distribution, 35711-2 (U.S.)


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)

(original motion picture soundtrack; instrumental; although John Cleese's name and photo appears on the album jacket, he does not appear on the album)

TRACK LISTING: To Think of a Story; What's Out There?; There's an Answer; I Won't If You Won't; A Perilous Direction; A Risk Worth Taking; Victor Begins; Even if You Die; The Creation; Evil Stitched to Evil; The Escape; The Reunion; The Journal; Friendless; William!; Death of Justine/Sea of Ice; Yes I Speak; God Forgive Me; Please Wait; The Honeymoon; The Wedding Night; Elizabeth; She's Beautiful; He Was My Father

  • CD: (1994) Epic Soundtrax/Tribeca, EK 66631(U.S.)


Octopus (1995)

(album by the group The Human League; features instrumental track "John Cleese: Is He Funny?")

TRACK LISTING: Tell Me When; These are the Days; One Man in My Heart; Words; Filling up with Heaven; House Full of Nothing; John Cleese: Is He Funny?; Never Again; Cruel Young Lover

  • CD: (1995) Eastwest Records America, 61788-2 (U.S.)


I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again 3 (1995)

(four more episodes of the popular radio comedy series which aired on BBC Radio 2; features Tim Brook-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, and Bill Oddie)

SIDE ONE: (broadcast May 26, 1968)

SIDE TWO: (broadcast February 22, 1970)

SIDE THREE: (broadcast May 3, 1970)

SIDE FOUR: (broadcast November 11, 1973)

  • CS: (1995) BBC Worldwide Ltd., ZBBC 1723 (ISBN 0-563-39084-0) (U.K.)


A Pye In The Face (1996) (see Graham Chapman)


Fierce Creatures (1997)

(music from the feature film written and produced by John Cleese and starring John Cleese and Michael Palin; a semi-sequel to the film "A Fish Called Wanda;" music composed and conducted by Jerry Goldsmith)

TRACK LISTING: Willa's Theme; First Day; Chores; To the Zoo; The Funeral; Trained Seals; Under Control; Contact; A Good Idea; The Grave; A Long Story; You're Fired; End Credits

  • CD: (1997) Varèse Sarabande Records Inc. VSD-5792 (U.S.)


I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again 4 (1997)

(four more episodes of the popular radio comedy series which aired on BBC Radio 2; features Tim Brook-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, and Bill Oddie)

SIDE ONE: (broadcast March 1, 1970)

SIDE TWO: (broadcast April 19, 1970)

SIDE THREE: (broadcast November 4, 1973)

SIDE FOUR: (broadcast December 2, 1973)

  • CS: (1997) BBC Worldwide Ltd. ZBBC 2005 (ISBN 0-563-38183-3) (U.K.)


The Inferno Of Dante (1997)

(a dramatic reading by John Cleese of Dante Alighieri's epic poem; the story tells of Dante's travels through the nine circles of Hell with the poet Virgil as his guide; translated by poet laureate Robert Pinsky)

  • CS: (1997) Audio Literature 51795 (ISBN 1-57453-132-8) (U.S.)


The Two Ronnies (1997)

(classic collection of comedy sketches and monologues by the British comedy duo Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker; includes performances of material written by John Cleese, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin)

  • CS: (1997) BBC Worldwide Ltd. ZBBC 1980 (ISBN 0-563-38132-9) (U.K.)

George of the Jungle (1997)

(soundtrack to the film for which John Cleese provided the voice for an Ape named Ape; the soundtrack includes John Cleese, as the voice of "Ape," performing the song My Way)

TRACK LISTING: George of the Jungle (The Presidents of the United States of America); Dela [I Know Why the Dog Howls at the Moon] (Johnny Clegg & Savuka); Wipe Out (The Surfaris); The Man on the Flying Trapeze; My Way (John Cleese); Aba Daba Honeymoon; George of the Jungle (Weird Al Yankovic); Go Ape [The Dance Mix]; Jungle Band; George to the Rescue; Rumble in the Jungle; The Little Monkey; George of the Jungle [Main Title Movie Mix]

  • CD: (1997) Walt Disney Records 60806-7 (ISBN 0-7634-0239-7) (U.S.)


Too Fat To Run - Too Stupid To Hide (19**)

(a sample from Fawlty Towers was used on this album by the group Creaming Jesus; on the track "Neighbours" you hear the words "Don't mention the war!" which came from the Fawlty Towers episode "The Germans" )

  • CD: (19**) *** (ISBN **********) (***)