Friday, 8 October 2010

The Beatles "Movie Medley" 2010 upgrade

"The Beatles' Movie Medley" is a compilation of snippets from various Beatles songs. It remains the only Beatles single not released on CD. The single peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #10 on the British charts in 1982. The songs were chosen from the Beatles' films, A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be.

The songs included in the medley are "Magical Mystery Tour", "All You Need Is Love", "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", "I Should Have Known Better", "A Hard Day's Night", "Ticket to Ride" and "Get Back". The medley was the first of two singles charting in the 1980s credited to the group (the other being a recharting of "Twist And Shout" in 1986).

Capitol Records first issued the single in conjunction with the album Reel Music and was inspired by the success of the "Stars On 45 Medley", a recording which included numerous Beatles songs sung by a John Lennon soundalike. The song was released in the US as Capitol B-5107.

Parlophone Records initially refused to issue the single in the UK, regarding the medley as "tacky". But after the import demand for the U.S. release grew, it was finally issued as Parlophone R6055. The original flip side was an interview with the Beatles about the making of the movie A Hard Day's Night. Later, it came out with "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You." The single with the former flip side is considered quite rare and valuable.
To promote the single and album, a video was produced (above). That video is now rare and in average quality. Presented here is a 2010 upgraded version of that video using the same or similar footage but in remastered quality and upgraded audio.

2 comments:

Keir said...

Happy birthday John!
I remember having the LP; I had loved the cover as a kid. Watching the second youtube video has me searching for my Beatles DVD collection to rewatch 'Help'. I have to admit however that, no matter how "remastered" and "upgraded", the MMT film isn't one that I go back to agagin and again....
I was in fact listening to the Stars on 45 tune during the daily hour-cycle to work earlier this week which had also awakened my memories.
On a separate note, can I ask how you managed to get the 'share link' embedded in your comments? i was trying to do this last night which rather messed up my site...

Muara Fatan said...

The Beatles is history and I love them till date.