Monday, September 1, 2014

"The Beatles Movie Medley" by The Beatles

Song#:  0970
Date:  03/27/1982
Debut:  70
Peak:  12
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The original Stars on 45 "Medley," which hit #1 the previous year, mainly consisted of Beatles songs sung by a John Lennon imitator. With the medley craze still going on, Capitol Records decided to board the money-making train and create their own Beatles medley using the real-deal. The theme would be songs from Beatles films and the wave of familiar nostalgia push the single near the Top 10 peaking at #12. (Oddly, the real-deal "Beach Boys Medley" also reached #12.) It would be the first of two singles from the Beatles to get on the pop chart in the 80s.

ReduxReview:  What can really be said about this? The music is obviously great, but was this Frankenstein approach really necessary? It acts more like a commercial than a legit single (which probably suited Capitol just fine). The only positive I see is that it may have introduced a younger generation to the Beatles who previously were not familiar with the band. Other than that, why bother?

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  The single was released in conjunction with a compilation album titled "Reel Music." As the title suggests, the album is a collection of songs the Beatles used in their films. All songs in the medley appear in their full versions on the LP. All these songs appear on their proper albums and therefore would be issued on CD in later years. However, this medley is still the only Beatles single to never appear on CD.


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