|published||August 6, 2012|
|description||The Rutles - "The Rutles" [Full Album]
01. 00:00 "Goose-Step Mama" 02. 02:16 "Number One" 03. 05:06 "Baby Let Me Be" 04. 07:00 "Hold My Hand" 05. 09:08 "Blue Suede Schubert" 06. 11:20 "I Must Be In Love" 07. 13:24 "With a Girl Like You" 08. 15:15 "Between Us" 09. 17:15 "Living In Hope" 10. 19:52 "Ouch!" 11. 21:41 "It's Looking Good" 12. 23:40 "Doubleback Alley" 13. 26:34 "Good Times Roll" 14. 29:35 "Nevertheless" 15. 31:00 "Love Life" 16. 33:48 "Piggy In the Middle" 17. 37:56 "Another Day" 18. 40:05 "Cheese and Onions" 19. 42:44 "Get Up and Go" 20. 45:59 "Let's Be Natural"
The Rutles is a soundtrack album to the 1,978 telemovie All You Need Is Cash. The album contains over 14 of the tongue-in-cheek, pastiches of Beatles' songs that were featured in the film.
Multiple listenings are required to discern all the sources referenced in titles, lyrics, melodies, and song structures. The primary creative force of the Rutles music was Neil Innes, the sole composer and arranger of the songs. Innes had been the 'seventh' member of Monty Python, as well as one of the main artists behind the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band in the late 1,960s, who had been featured in the real Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour movie performing "Death Cab For Cutie".
Innes himself credits the three musicians he recruited to assist him on the project as having been enormously important in helping him capture the feel of The Beatles. Guitarist/singer Ollie Halsall and drummer John Halsey had played together in the groups Timebox and Patto. Multi-instrumentalist Rikki Fataar had played with The Flames before joining the Beach Boys in the early 1,970s.
Eric Idle is not heard at all on the music soundtrack of the film. He did not play or sing on any of the recordings. He is skillful at lip-syncing the "Dirk" vocals that were in fact sung by Ollie Halsall. Innes says that Idle, who had recently had an appendectomy, offered to help but was encouraged to recuperate. Were it not for the inherently ironic lyrics, it might be difficult to distinguish the songs from true Beatles numbers (indeed, the 1,978 Beatles bootleg Indian Rope Trick included The Rutles' "Cheese and Onions", incorrectly — and perhaps jokingly — attributing it to John Lennon). In the early 1,980s, Innes was accused by one American Beatle fan of stealing unreleased Beatles tracks to use in the film; this was based on a recording of "Cheese And Onions" obtained by the fan which he believed to be by John Lennon. When the recording was played to Innes, he was amused to discover that it was actually his own demo of the song, a tribute to his skills as a parodist.
The songs written by Innes so cleverly parodied the original source material that he was taken to court by the owners of The Beatles' catalogue. Innes had to testify under oath that he had not listened to the songs at all while composing The Rutles songs, but had created them completely originally based on what he remembered various Beatles songs sounding like at different times.
The album contains some obvious send-ups of Beatles numbers such as "Ouch!" ("Help!"), "Love Life" ("All You Need is Love"), "Piggy in the Middle" ("I Am the Walrus") and "Doubleback Alley" ("Penny Lane"). "Get Up And Go" was not on the original LP (allegedly after John Lennon warned Innes that it resembled "Get Back" too closely, which might prompt McCartney to sue) but was included on the CD reissue. Many of the other songs require a thorough understanding of The Beatles' entire discography in order to decipher which song(s) they most resemble, as Innes' goal was to compose pastiche-like parody songs.
All songs were actually written by Neil Innes. Songwriter attributions are the "fictional" writing credits listed as they would have been in the "Rutles universe." Reflecting the balance of songwriting credits on most Beatles albums, the vast majority of the songs are credited to Ron Nasty and Dirk McQuickly (the "Lennon--McCartney" of The Rutles), with one composition each credited to the rivals for "George" (Stig O'Hara) and "Ringo" (Barry Wom). The liner notes of the album give the names of the Warner Brothers as "Stan & Reg".The only song from the film not on the soundtrack is "You Need Feet", which is not a Rutles song. It was written and performed by comedian Bernard Bresslaw.
|title||The Rutles - "The Rutles" (1,990 CD Reissue) [Full Album]|