Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Beatles Movie Medley

A new single was released in North America on March 22 1982. The single was used for two reasons: the first reason was the "tie-in" with the upcoming Beatles LP "Reel Music" (released on the same day and featured in the next post). The second reason was for the single to have it's own unique twist: The songs featured on the A side and making up the actual "medley" were edited with the intention of having the same beat flowing through the songs similar to the then-popular "Stars on 45" concept. This was not an easy task when you are only using the film music from Beatles movies that are featured on the upcoming theme LP : The medley starts with a bit of "Magical Mystery Tour" before changing awkwardly to the slow shuffle beat of "All You Need Is Love". Then it gets ever weirder when it changes to a song that is in 3/4 time when the rest of the songs are in 4/4 time. The song in 3/4 time is "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" which is sped up on this recording and changing back to 4/4 time with "I Should have Known Better". This song morphs into "A Hard Day's Night" and then "Ticket To Ride"and finally "Get Back". There is no credit (that I could find) for who butchered this monstrosity. This so-called "Movie Medley" has got to be worst piece of shit I have ever heard.!!!

The B side of the single originally featured an audio recording entitled "Fab Four on Film". This consisted of an interview with the Beatles in 1964 pertaining to their first major motion picture with United Artists: "A Hard Day's Night". The interview lasts six and half minutes and was provided to Capitol Records from the producer of the movie; Walter Shenson. The interview was edited by Randall Davis.

Capitol Records started printing picture sleeves and record labels for the single when it was discovered that the B side "Fab Four On Film" would not be commercially released and the B side was quickly replaced with "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" which ironically was not featured on the "Reel Music" LP. The original catalogue number for the single before the B side was changed is Capitol B-5100. This includes the promotional single with the catalogue number Capitol P-B-5100. Also released with the original B side is a 12 inch vinyl promotion single with the catalogue number SPRO 9758/9759. The promo single, the commercial single and the twelve inch promotion single all have custom labels similar to a movie reel.

When the B side was changed, only commercial singles replaced the B side with "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" and the print on the picture sleeve and the labels were changed to the catalogue number Capitol B-5107.

This single was released in the UK on Parlophone R 6055 on May 24 1982 with the B-side being "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You" and the "Movie Medley" has not been officially released on compact disc (thank Buddha !!).

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