Beatles – Reel Music 1982 sealed promo-only yellow vinyl LP


Free U.S. shipping!  A numbered, still sealed yellow vinyl copy of Reel Music by the Beatles, issued in 1982 as a promotional item only.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed copy (#8934/12,000) of the numbered, promo-only yellow vinyl release of the Beatles’ 1982 LP, Reel Music.

About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a 1982 U.S. pressing on the Capitol label.

As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is largely intact, but there is an 8″ (20 cm) break in the wrap at the mouth of the cover.  We have secured this with tape to prevent further splitting.

There is a hype sticker attached to the shrink wrap that says “Includes 14 songs from their movies and special 12 page color souvenir program.”

The program should be inside.

A nice copy of a great Beatles collectible and the first U.S. copy we’ve had in a while.

Background: Reel Music was a compilation album released in 1982 by Capitol Records that contained songs that had appeared in the Beatles’ films A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour, Yellow Submarine and Let It Be.

To promote the album, Capitol pressed 12,000 numbered copies on yellow vinyl. These were issued strictly as promotional items and were not offered for sale to the public.

The album featured stereo mixes that were rare to the US or previously unavailable (per Wikipedia):

  • 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.

Allmusic.comg ave Reel Music this review:

As the first compilation of the Beatles’ music to show up after the murder of John Lennon, Reel Music was a pretty pathetic venture, and clear evidence that Capitol Records and its parent company, EMI, had run out of ideas when it came to marketing the group’s music. A single LP with a dull cover design, Reel Music was comprised entirely of previously released material, and it accomplished nothing except to add another cheap-looking repackaging to the Beatles catalog (which was already cluttered with the two-volume budget reissue of Rock & Roll Music), and get them represented for a few weeks in 1982 in new-release racks in record stores. The 14 songs represented were all fine, and a few were even important — all but a couple had been hits, in fact — but they had all long been available on other, mostly better LPs. … As it was, despite a game effort by Capitol’s publicity department and a few writers who could always scare up something to say about the Beatles, the album was ignored even by a lot of people who had bought the Rock & Roll Music and Love Songs repackagings.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Capitol
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1982
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in