@1978 UK Pressing
The Rutles is a soundtrack album to the 1978 telemovie All You Need Is Cash. The album contains over 14 of the tongue-in-cheek, pastiches ofBeatles’ 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 Rutlesmusic 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 Bandin the late 1960s, 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/singerOllie Halsalland drummerJohn Halseyhad played together in the groups Timebox and Patto. Multi-instrumentalistRikki Fataarhad played withThe Flamesbefore joining theBeach Boysin the early 1970s.
Eric Idleis 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 ironiclyrics, it might be difficult to distinguish the songs from true Beatles numbers (indeed, the 1978 Beatles bootleg Indian Rope Trick included The Rutles’ “Cheese and Onions”, incorrectly — and perhaps jokingly — attributing it toJohn Lennon). In the early 1980s, 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
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