Even in the grim period of late-’70s/early-’80s reissue singles, this is an embarrassing low. Capitol strings together seven excerpts from the soundtracks of the Beatles’ movies and comes up with a crude medley to accompany its barrel-scraping Reel Music album (Why did the label think anyone needed a theme compilation like Reel Music in 1982?? After many sleepless nights, the only theory I can come up with is that this was around the time the group’s films were being released on home video, and the LP served as an easy tie-in…?). Don’t have time to listen to your favorite hits like “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” in their entirety? Then this steaming pile is just the disc for you! Yes, you’re gonna love hearing snippets of those songs crammed into a 3:56 abortion that features choppy edits, little logic in its excerpt-to-excerpt flow, and, best of all, a comically sped-up “Ticket to Ride.” If the cretins at Capitol wanted to pull a “Stars on 45” and make this record a little interesting, they should have at least had the decency to go all the way and toss a handclappy disco beat under the whole thing. But no. Incompetence abounds in medleytown!