EAR CANDY MAG - October 2010

Rutles (almost) complete Discography
Part 2: Original U.S. Albums

By Ronnie

Intro:
Until "Sgt. Rutter" in 1967, all the U.S. albums were compiled by Capatal Records. Capatal dissected and dismembered the British albums, added singles, and created completely different albums. The albums had new titles, new artwork, and in all cases, fewer songs than U.K. albums. Although "Rutle Soul" and "Revolting" were released with the same cover in the U.S., the songs vastly differed from their U.K. counterparts.

The following albums are only mentioned in the U.K. discography: "Revolting", Sgt. Rutter's Only Darts Club Band", "Tragical History Tour", "The Rutles" (a.k.a. The Mauve Album), "Shabby Road", "Yellow Submarine Sandwich", "Let It Rot", "The Rutles At The Che Stadium", "The Rutles" (1978 Warner Brothers album), "Archealogy", "Yellow Submarine Sandwich Songtrack", "1".

Original U.S. Albums

Album Title

Cover
(click each image to see larger)
Label / Release Date


Info

Introducing The Rutles

Introducing The Rutles-album

RutJay VJLP 1062; SR 1062; PCS 3058
January 10, 1964


The first Rutles album to be released in America.

Meet The Rutles

Meet The Rutles-album

Capatal (S)T 2047
January 20, 1964


Capatal's first Rutles compilation album was based on the U.K.'s "With The Rutles"

The Rutles' Second Album

The Rutles' Second Album

Capatal (S)T 2080
April 10, 1964


American compilation album.

A Hard Day's Rut

A Hard Day's Rut

Capatal SW-11921
June 26, 1964


The soundtrack to the film, containing half Rutles' tracks, half instrumental tracks from the film.

Nothing New

Nothing New

Capatal (S)T 2108
July 20, 1964


American compilation album.

The Rutles Story

The Rutles Story

Capitol (S)TBO 2222
November 23, 1964


Contains the Rutles story, narrated by Leggy Mountbatten. Also with orchestral instrumental Rutles songs, with very short Rutles interviews and short Rutles song snippets.

Rutles' 65

Rutles' 65

Capatal (S)T 2228
December 15, 1964


American compilation album.

The Early Rutles

The Early Rutles

Capatal (S)T 2309
March 22, 1965


American compilation album.

Rutles Phi

Rutles Phi

Capatal (S)T 2358
June 14, 1965


American compilation album.

A Hard Day's Rut

Ouch! - US album

Capatal (S)MAS 2386
August 13, 1965


The soundtrack to the film, containing half Rutles' tracks, half instrumental tracks from the film.

Rutle Soul

Rutle Soul

Capatal (S)T 2442
December 6, 1965


Although this album has the same song title as the U.K. version, there is a different song lineup.

Tomorrow And Today

Tomorrow And Today

Capatal (S)T 2553
June 15, 1966 (with Butcher Cover)
June 20, 1966 (with steamer trunk cover)


American compilation album.

Hey Dude

Hey Dude

Rutles Corp SW 385
February 23, 1970


American compilation album, idea by Ron Decline. Originally titled, "The Rutles Again"

The Rutles Circa 1960 - In The Beginning

The Rutles Circa 1960 - In The Beginning

Polyrut 24-4504
May 4, 1970


Recorded in Hamburg in 1961 for Polyrut, the album tracks have the Rutles backing Albert "Prelly" Speeridan.

Live! At The Rat Keller In Hamburg, Germany; 1962

Live! At The Rat Keller In Hamburg, Germany; 1962

Rutasong LS-2-7001
June 13, 1977


This double album features live performances by The Rutles, recorded in late December 1962 at the Rat Keller during their final Hamburg residency.

Intermission - Rarities

The Savage Young Rutles

Right: The cover of "THE SAVAGE YOUNG RUTLES"

The Savage Young Rutles - early bootleg
Rutage BM-69 - October 1965

An album of dubious and questionable legal status, it featured tracks originally recorded in Hamburg in 1961, with the Rutles backing Albert "Prelly" Speeridan.
Original copies are extremely hard to find, as the album has been counterfeited endlessly.


Rutle Soul original cover

Right: The original recalled cover of "RUTLE SOUL"

Rutle Soul - original cover

The original cover for 1965's RUTLE SOUL showed Little Stevie Wonder on the cover. Wonder played on the original tapes, in addition to playing harmonica on "Norwegian Wood". However, when the original album came out, there was a public outcry over the Rutles "mocking of the handicapped" on the cover. Wonder's harmonica was erased from the tapes and the album was issued in its now familiar cover. Only 3 of the original covers are known to exist.


Rutle Soul original cover

Right: The original recalled RUTLE SOUL 45 rpm

"Stevie You Can't Drive My Car"/"Michelle Reads Braille" 45 rpm

With the original RUTLE SOUL album recalled, the initial lead single from RUTLE SOUL was also recalled.

The 45, "Stevie You Can't Drive My Car"/"Michelle Reads Braille" was recalled before it was pressed. Only the picture sleeve has surfaced. It is now one of the rarest of Rutle collectibles.


Rutle Butcher cover

Right: The original recalled cover of "TOMORROW AND TODAY"

Tomorrow And Today - original cover

Just a year after the RUTLE SOUL scandal, there were problems with yet another Rutle album cover. The original cover for the 1966 U.S. album, TOMORROW AND TODAY was deemed to offensive to both the National Pork Producers Council and the US Poultry Association because there was no pork or chicken shown on the cover. Nasty defended the cover saying it was as "relevant as vegetarianism..." TOMORROW AND TODAY was quickly given a new bland cover, with the Rutles posing around a trunk.

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