Reel Music

Reel Music

Reel Music
Compilation album by The Beatles
Released 22 March 1982 (UK)
23 March 1982 (UK)
Recorded 1964–1969,
EMI and Apple studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris
Genre Rock
Length 42:03
Label Capitol
Producer Phil Spector
The Beatles British chronology
The Beatles Box
Reel Music
The Beatles: The Collection
The Beatles American chronology
Reel Music
The Beatles: The Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Reel Music is a compilation album featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films. The album was released on 22 March 1982 in the United States and the following day in the United Kingdom - nearly simultaneously with the theatrical re-release of the film, A Hard Day's Night, which had been "cleaned" and re-edited with stereo Dolby sound. Reel Music cracked the U.S. Billboard Top 20, peaking at No. 19.[2] The album was released by Capitol Records in the United States (catalogue number SV 12199) and Parlophone in the United Kingdom (PCS 7218). In New Zealand this LP was released on the Parlophone label (PCS 7218) and the inner sleeve and booklet were imported from the U.S. It was the first Beatles album released after John Lennon's death.

The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

Unique mixes

The album featured stereo mixes that were rare to the US or previously unavailable:

  • The first US release of the British stereo mix of "I Am the Walrus". Previous American releases of the song had the intro edited like the mono mix, although an edit of the British version appeared on Rarities two years before;
  • The official American debut of the songs "A Hard Day's Night" and "Ticket to Ride" in true stereo;
  • A unique stereo edit of "I Should Have Known Better", with the harmonica error in the intro fixed. This version was issued only on the Capitol pressing and has never appeared on any other record.


Track listing

All songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
No. Title Length
1. "A Hard Day's Night"   2:32
2. "I Should Have Known Better"   2:45
3. "Can't Buy Me Love"   2:15
4. "And I Love Her"   2:31
5. "Help!"   2:21
6. "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"   2:11
7. "Ticket to Ride"   3:13
8. "Magical Mystery Tour"   2:52
No. Title Length
1. "I Am the Walrus"   4:37
2. "Yellow Submarine"   2:43
3. "All You Need Is Love"   3:53
4. "Let It Be"   4:03
5. "Get Back"   3:07
6. "The Long and Winding Road"   3:38


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. : ReviewReel MusicThe Beatles – at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
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