|Archaeology - Front Cover||Archaeology - Rear Cover|
|Archaeology - Inner Sleeve Front||Archaeology - Inner Sleeve Rear|
|The Beatles Contribution:||Inspiration|
|Catalogue No.||VUSLP 119|
|Release date||29th October 1996|
|U.K. Album Chart Detail :||Did NOT Chart|
The Rutles story is a legend. A living legend.
The Rutles were ....
.... but for this release, we just have a personnel list, no alter-egos ...
Archaeology was scheduled for release on 21st October 1996. This date was set when the release of The Beatles "Anthology 3" was slated for 7th October. The idea was to closely follow Anthology 3, but not to compete with it. Although Anthology 3's release was pushed back to 28th October, Virgin decided to stay with the originally scheduled release date of The Rutles Archaeology, which meant that The Rutles, in an entirely unintended circumstance, ended up competing directly with The Beatles. The Beatles won, with The Rutles album not entering the U.K. chart.
Unlike many of these "Anthology" albums of historic recordings which contain only outtakes and alternative versions of
familiar songs, the Archaeology album was advertised as consisting of entirely fresh material ... but ... a few of the
tracks HAVE been heard before.
The recordings are drawn from the album the band was working on when they broke up amid squabbles and lawsuits.
The project was abandoned and the master tapes were buried. Literally.
To promote the album "Shangri-La" was released as a single on 4th November 1996 and contains four songs.
The additional tracks are "Joe Public" from the Archaeology album, plus "Baby S'il Vous Plait" a french language version of
"Baby Let Me Be" (a knowing nod to the Beatles German language recordings ?) and ending with "It's Looking Good" a rehearsal
track from the original "All You Need Is Cash" sessions, featuring Ollie Halsall.
The album comes in a glossy cover, with art direction by Jeff Lyons and photography by Timothy White, Nick Elgar and David Strickland. The inner sleeve is thick glossy card with no lyrics, and scant information.
18 years earlier saw the original Rutles album The Rutles
|Major Happy's Up And Coming Once Upon A Good Time Band||Innes|
|We've Arrived (And To Prove It We're Here)||Innes|
|Now She's Left You||Innes|
|The Knicker Elastic King||Innes|
|I Love You||Innes|
|Eine Kleine Middle Klasse Musik||Innes|
|Don't Know Why||Innes|
|Back In '64||Innes|