Reel Music

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Reel Music
Compilation album by the Beatles
Released 22 March 1982 (1982-03-22)
Recorded 1964–1969
Studio EMI and Apple studios, London; Pathé Marconi Studio, Paris
Genre Rock
Length 42:03
Label Capitol
Producer George Martin and Phil Spector
The Beatles British chronology
The Beatles Box
(1980)The Beatles Box1980
Reel Music
The Beatles: The Collection
(1982)The Beatles: The Collection1982
The Beatles American chronology
(1980) Rarities1980
Reel Music
(1982) Reel Music1982
The Beatles: The Collection
(1982) The Beatles: The Collection1982
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[edit]

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[edit]

All songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. The Beatles – Reel Music: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Reel Music: Awards". AllMusic. 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "American certifications – Beatles – Reel Music". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  4. ^ Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book (1940–1969). Turramurra: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-44439-5. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 4305." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  6. ^ "The Beatles | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ "The Beatles – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Beatles. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Beatles – Reel Music". Music Canada. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "American album certifications – The Beatles – Reel Music". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 17 May 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH