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Archaeology

Rutles Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000WCF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THE RUTLES Archaeology (1996 UK 16-track picture CD album picture sleeve booklet with lyrics CDVUSX119)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Following in the path of the Beatles anthology comes this offering of up until now unheard songs from the other fab four, The Rutles. Song's written by Neil Innes include some originally intended for the first Rutles Album "All You Need Is Cash". All songs are brilliantly Beatle like without actually being copies of any. The song " I Love You" is as good as any pop song would have been from the masters themselves. If you already have the other Rutles Album, get this one too. If you don't, then get both because you don't know what you're missing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Rest 11 Sep 2004
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The songs in "All you need is cash" showed that Neil Innes is the Master Crafter of the Beatles pastiche, and I would give that CD five stars. I found the "Archaeology" CD a tad disappointing, certainly the first half. But, the second half really gets into stride, with some of the expected subtle touches and excellent writing - Innes is a good song-smith In His Own Write. The references pile on thick and fast in "Shangri-La", which might also be called "Hey Jude! - all you need is a day in the life of Mr Kite in Penny Lane", complete with quotes from Prokofiev! Very clever; even the exasperatingly long run-out is there. The playing is up to the same high standard as "Cash".
So, while "Cash" gets five stars, I'll be honest and give "Archaeology" a well-deserved four.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the band the Beatles could have been... 20 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
The original and best pastiche of the fab four, the Rutles' 1978 album accompanying the film "All You Need Is Cash" is a sparkling set of moptop parodies. This album, intended to mock the release of the "Anthology" series doesn't quite match it but is still a great effort. Eric Idle declined to become involved leaving Neil Innes free rein to craft songs that touch on all parts of Beatles mythology but stand up well on their own. Highlights are "Joe Public" which sends up Oasis into the bargain and "Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik" an utterly brilliant subversion of Lennon's bag of chips on both shoulders attitude and the nearest thing to an anthem for the Volvo driving classes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Even without Eric Idle, this album doesn't suffer at all - it just underpins Neil Innes's qualities as a song-writer.

As pastiches go, it is unrivalled - in any genre. At the risk of being called a heretic, The Rutles is a far funnier entity/concept than even Spinal Tap - and Tap would agree.

Buy this and revel in both its quality and the sheer humour behind the lyrics.

You will be well rewarded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
While I am open to the possibility that the joke is not as funny the second time around, I think the better explanation here is that Neal Innes is being a bit more subtle on his Beatles take offs this time around. Sometimes, as with "Rendezvous," the joke is to be found in the lyrics (cf. "A Little Help From My Friends") rather than the music. The first time around with "All You Need Is Cash" it was just much more obvious which Beatle hit Innes was twisting musically. This time I engaged in much more head scratching and running through a mental inventory of Beatles songs to finally make the connection (and there are still several where I do not have a clue). For me this is the most important consideration because if you do not get the joke right away, that takes away from a lot of the fun. So "Archaeology" is not bad, it is just not as great as the initial Rutles collection. But if you enjoyed that wonderful parody then you have to at least give this one a listen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and underestimated album 13 Feb 2008
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Format:Audio CD
"Sequels" in music are rarely successful, but that's not the case as far as Archeology is concerned. The basis was naturally the same i.e. "Pre-fab Four" concept presented 18 years earlier in All You Need Is Cash movie and soundtrack, but with definitely fresh "reading of the subject" and all 14 new - or semi-new as 2 or 3 of them were recorded during "original" Rutles sessions, while some others launched before by Neil Innes on his solo albums - tunes of great quality also outside the Beatles context and references.

For certain reasons and some bad luck in timing of the release, Archeology was not much successful with neither Fab Four nor general public (despite big hit potential of not only Shangri-la, but also some other songs). It's a pity, as its better performance on charts would certainly also result in more attention drawn on other 80s and 90s achievements of Mr. Innes - one of the most noble, intellectual - and very human - artists in contemporary music, unfortunately totally unknown to younger generations (though still active: recent tours, both solo and with reunited Bonzos, were in 2005 and 2006, unfortunately again - only in cameral UK and US halls).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Innes pure Genius 31 Jan 2003
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As a musician myself I know how hard it is to recreate a sound from a bygone age,but yet again Neil Innes and his fab team of equals pull it off, two many to mention but full respect to them all.
The original concept of The Rutles was a master stroke thanks to Eric Idle, but Neil Innes writes songs that not only fit The Rutles 60's spoof but are great songs in there own right.
Neil is one of those musicians who for me doesn't get the plaudits he deserves, but hey that's showbiz, but there are a lot of so called musicians who would willingly swap star status for a talent like he has to write such memorable songs.
Archaeology isn't an album of just copy songs, it's a bit more than that, it's been thoroughly researched but also has an original edge.
I hope this is not the last Rutles offering but if it is it's a hell of a swansong and a swansong you should most definitely listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the rutles anthology
exellent service will use again The Rutles second album Archaeology almost as good as the first album lets hope they release another one
Published 10 months ago by dmt25uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds familiar
A second CD of songs from the prefab four. This is another close parody of the songs of the Beatles. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains one of Neil's best ever songs.
This is a great album - especially if you love the Beatles and Neil Innes. I particularly would draw your attention to Questionnaire. It's in my All Time Top Ten song list. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by Fly Leaf
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rutles
This is a spoof parody of The Beatles. It is a follow up album to the original Rutles album. The genius behind it is Neil Innes. Read more
Published on 24 May 2011 by Miss M. Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Rutles archaeology
Not as good as the previous Rutles "all you need is cash" but I have only listened to it once so hopefully it will grow on me!
Published on 15 May 2011 by marilyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig it
I'm surprised by the reviews on here that express disappointment with 'Archaeology', particularly when comparing it to the first Rutles album. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by D. J. H. Thorn
3.0 out of 5 stars CD Case damage
CD Case damaged on delivery

content NOT BAD but lacking the magic of the first album
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by Peter Mccarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great record after all
I'm a huge fan of old Neil Innes records and i love first The Rutles record. But this one is is missing something.
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by M. Nieminen
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I am a big Beatles fan and have all the discs from the Rutles.
Have just purchased the Archaeology, great stuff, superb music.
I recommend to any fan of the Beatles.
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by Keith Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars The other 5
This is really an expanded edition of the Rutles' Archaeology.Different sleeve,different liner notes and the question now is do we next get The Long Lost Rutles Album?
Published on 22 Mar 2007 by Richard
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