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    The Best "Beatles" Album & Movie that never was.
    September 19, 2014
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    The Best "Beatles" Album & Movie that never was:

    It was 1978 and I had no idea of what was on television at the time. Very seldom watched TV because I was taking classes in Physics, Trigonometry, and Avionics (Aviation electronic systems technologies) and spent most nights doing multiple page Trig homework problems while listening to music on an old 8-track tape player. We had a Dorm lounge with a wall mounted TV that got ABC; CBS; NBC; PBS and maybe 2 other independent TV stations (that was it). The lounge had maybe 20 chairs, a pool table and a rack with used magazines, comic books and paperbacks other students had donated when they tired of them.

    But on Friday & Saturday nights when we could skip homework my roommate and I usually wanted to get the hell away from there and go hit the clubs out in town or on in The City. The lounge was basically for the Dungeons & Dragon game nerds who loved to argue over the finer trivia points of Star Trek.

    Brosius had a married friend who had an apartment out in the local Vill' (which was still a 10 mile drive from The City) and one night in 1978 we went over to the apartment to Party and generally discuss the News topics of The Day.

    The Host turned the TV onto NBC and here was this Made-for-TV film, tele-movie, collaboration by Eric Idle (Monty Python) & Lorne Michaels (SNL), The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash. It traced the whole career of The Rutles. They wouldn't call these type films "Mockumentaries" until almost another decade after the 1984 release of Rob Reiner's, This Is Spinal Tap.

    Even though the actual Beatles had been disbanded for almost a decade (George Harrison plays a News reporter in The Rutles film) it was as if The Beatles had put out a New Album and a movie satirizing themselves and with Neil Innes' outstanding paraphrase of The Beatles' lyrics and music itself along with the orchestrations and arrangements by composer John Altman. The Rutles LP album was nominated for a Grammy.

    So here is The Best "Beatles" (full) Album that never was:


    And here is The Best "Beatles" Movie that never was:


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