An artifact from perhaps Capitol Records’ lamest Beatles cash-in*, Reel Music, a compilation of songs heard in their various films. Even the title pun reeks of desperation. Unsurprisingly, the only Beatles song as yet unissued on CD, “The Beatles’ Movie Medley” was inspired, at least in the commercial sense, by the wretched US No. 1 “Stars On 45”, a disco medley of several 60s classics, including several by the Fabs.
The one redeeming aspect of this affront is the fact that it featured on the booth-jukebox at Mount Vernon, OH’s LK family restaurant where my friends and I would play the b-side as loud as possible while we had our late night coffee and pecan pie. I still remember its code: B4. True.
*Let’s see: Rock and Roll Music, Beatle Ballads, Love Songs, The Beatles Story, Rarities, 20 Greatest Hits, Love, Yellow Submarine Songtrack, Let It Be…Naked…hmm, there’s a lot of competition. And that’s even discounting the whole song reshuffling hoo-ha whereby US Capitol, during the 1960s, contrived to release half again as many Lps, using the same number of songs, as their UK counterparts. The company shamelessly compounded this aesthetic folly recently by releasing volumes one and two of The Capitol Albums on 4-disc box sets.