- Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
- Limited Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B000SKMU5A
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Rutles Limited Edition
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Released for the first time on CD in the UK, The Rutles album
was the soundtrack to the original TV spoof documentary film All You Need
Is Cash. The brainchild of Neil Innes and Eric Idle, this expanded CD adds
six tracks to the 14 track vinyl version first released in 1978 and comes
in a vinyl replica digi-pack.
One of rock's most enduring and insightful parodies, brilliantly mirroring
The Beatles' career, it even featured a cameo from George Harrison. The
Rutles themselves were Neil Innes as Ron Nasty (Lennon), Eric Idle as Dirk
McQuickly (McCartney), ex-Beach Boy Rikki Fataar as Stig O'Hara (Harrison)
and Patto's John Halsey as Barry Wom (Ringo). The fifth Rutle, for
recording purposes, was Patto's mercurial guitarist Ollie Halsall.
Innes' songs wonderfully re-created each phase of the Beatles' recorded
history from the straight Merseybeat of "I Must Be In Love" and "Number
One", through "Ouch" ("Help", of course) to the psychedelic experimentation
of "Piggy In The Middle" and "Cheese And Onions" and the rooftop finale of
"Get Up And Go".
Brilliantly observed, the film featured cameo appearances by Mick Jagger
and Paul Simon, and thinly disguised portraits of Derek Taylor and Alan
Klein by Michael Palin and a fearsome John Belushi. The managerial figure
of Brian Epstein was parodied as Leggy Mountbaton for whom the Rutles'
success could be attributed to just one factor: "I think it was the
Alongside Spinal Tap, the most effective rock `n' roll lampooning ever and,
remarkably, the music both holds up today and stands apart from the film
itself. It's virtually a history lesson in the evolution of sixties pop and
probably the best album the Beatles never made.
"..highly faithful (re)arrangements of Fab Four
landmarks...very funny.." 4/5 -- Uncut - September 2007
Top Customer Reviews
"You've got nothing to ein, zwei, drei, vier!" [It may help if you say it out loud, but then again, maybe not!]
The parody on Roll Over Beethoven features a lyric about Blue Suede Schubert, the King of the Bop, and backing vocals "Bop Schubert, bop bop, Schubert" which make me crack a smile every time.
Some of my other favourite tracks are:
Doubleback Alley, parodying lyrics, melody and instrumentation of Penny Lane
Get Up and Go, which is lampooning Get Back
Living in Hope which will remind you of Ringo's masterpiece, Don't Pass Me By
With a Girl Like You effectively imitates If I Fell, and is also a pretty song
Ouch!, which is a very close imitation of Help!
Another Day could be serious if it weren't so close to Martha, My Dear's instrumentation and style
The original gramophone record featured a fantastic 18 page booklet, satirising the Magical Mystery Tour LP packaging. If you can find one in a second-hand shop, I am sure you will be rewarded, as it has much more material than the CD packaging [but the CD has 6 more songs].
I also recommend Archeology, which is an inventive poke in the eye at The Beatles' Anthology.
The Rutles of course, are a brilliant parody of The Beatles but the songs are great in their own right.The added bonus for me,was the free MP3 version of the album,which i can stick on my phone so i can listen on the go. . .brilliant,thanks Amazon.
So my last word on this. . .if you love The Beatles (& who dosen't)get this album for your collection,you will love the connection.
The Rutles pastiche pretty much every period of the Fab Four's career, amusingly some of the Pre-Fab Four's material is superior to Lennon, McCartney, Harrison & Starr. The opening 'Goose Step Mama' is without a doubt much better than the rubbish they were playing in Hamburg - very amusing lyrics that refer to Hamburg and remind me how bad the movie 'Backbeat' was! There are many songs that play with parts of the Beatles sound, delivering things in a very similar style and in a slightly different key - listening to this soundtrack it's amusing how much Britpop (notably Oasis) mimicked not the Beatles, but the Rutles! & a song like 'Nevertheless' or the whoops on 'Piggy in the Middle' predict much of the career of the Brian Jonestown Massacre!!! Listen to 'who?' and 'Piggy in the Middle' and see what I mean - the psychedelic pastiches here are as great as those on 'Chips from the Chocolate Fireball' by the Dukes of Stratosphear.
The highlights of this reissue are usually those that can be related directly to a Beatles song, 'Ouch!' is a great take on 'Help!', 'Love Life': 'All You Need is Love', 'Piggy in the Middle': 'I am the Walrus', & 'Get Up & Go': 'Get Back.Read more ›
This album is a compilation of their greatest hits and includes such favourites as 'Cheese and Onions' - obviously influenced by their dabblings with tea drinking, 'Piggy in the Middle', 'Ouch!' and my all time favourite 'I Must be in Love'.
Sometime ago I heard an album by a band who were calling themselves 'The Beatles', they were attempting to emulate the sound of the Rutles but were a very poor imitation. Long live the Prefab four!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have played this CD again and again. It is a kind of humor which can only be made by a member of the Monty Python team. It is great fun! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jaap G.
I have never been much of a Beatles fan but the Rutles are excellentPublished 10 months ago by michael boss
Love the original album, it's nice to finally have a digital copy for my collection.Published 11 months ago by P. Archer
'It's Looking Good' is one of the greatest pop songs ever written by anyone. It's everything you love about the Beatles with a big dollop of The Monkees just to make sure.... Read morePublished 14 months ago by meanygreeny
Everyone knows about The Beatles, possibly the world's first supergroup. But what of their shadows, The Rutles? Read morePublished 20 months ago by smhorse