Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles devised, wrote and directed a television film called Magical Mystery Tour which was broadcast on BBC Television at Christmas, 1967
Even before Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, had hit the shops, the idea of the programme had been born and work had commenced on the title track.
It was decided that the soundtrack for the programme would be released on two seven inch discs which would be packaged with a booklet in a gatefold sleeve. The booklet contained stills from the show along with a comic strip telling the story. A lyric sheet was also stapled into the centrespread of the booklet. The EP was a runaway success and reached no. 2 in the UK singles chart, held off the top spot by their own single... “Hello, Goodbye”.
In the US, the double-EP format was not considered viable so instead, Capitol Records created an album by placing the six songs from the EP on side one of an album and drawing side two from the titles that had appeared on singles in 1967. These titles were “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane”, “All You Need Is Love” – their anthem that had been broadcast around the world via Satellite in June. “Baby, You’re A Rich Man” and their current single, “Hello, Goodbye”. The US release made # 1 in early January 1968 and stayed there for eight weeks. Its initial chart run lasted 59 weeks
!967 had certainly been a year of great achievement but it was also tinged with sadness. Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager since 1961 passed away on 27th August, 1967 at the age of 32.
The US configuration for Magical Mystery Tour was later adopted by many other countries (including the UK in 1976). When the Beatles catalogue was first issued on Compact Disc in 1987, Magical Mystery Tour joined the core list of titles.
NME July 20, 1967
If they aren’t already planning so, the Beatles should start planning their next full-length film immediately. After watching a rough cut of their ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, which BBC viewers can see on Boxing Day. I am convinced they are extremely capable of writing and directing a major movie for release on one of the major cinema circuits.
The film sequences for the musical numbers are extremely clever. For ‘Blue Jay Way’ George is seen sitting cross-legged in a sweating mist which materialises into a variety of shapes and patterns. It’s a pity that most TV viewers will be able to see it only in black and white. ‘I Am The Walrus’ has four of them togged up in animal costumes switching at times to them bobbing across the screen as egg-men.
A special word of praise for Ringo, who more than the others comes over very, very funnily. But praise to all of them for making a most entertaining film. I only wish they would now put out a sequel made up from the parts they left on the cutting-room floor.
- George Martin
- Recorded at
- Abbey Road
- Principal Engineer
- Geoff Emerick & Ken Scott
- Magical Mystery Tour
- (originally Double EP)
- The Beatles
- 27 November 1967
- 24 November – 21 December 1966, Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom ("Strawberry Fields Forever"); 29 December 1966 – 17 January 1967, Abbey Road Studios ("Penny Lane"); 25 April – 7 November 1967, Abbey Road Studios and Olympic Sound Studios, London
- Psychedelic rock
- Parlophone, Capitol
- George Martin
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Magical Mystery Tour is the name of the 11-song album and 6-song double EP by the English rock band The Beatles, first released as an LP on 27 November 1967 and on 8 December 1967 as a double EP. It is the soundtrack to a one-hour television film of the same name that was filmed in color, but originally aired in black and white in the UK, in 1967. Initially packaged as a double EP in the UK, the recording was expanded to a full album on concurrent U.S. release, adding several recent singles to the B-side. This has since been adopted by Apple and EMI when the Beatles' discography was being put on Compact Disc, and is the only US release of theirs for which this was done.
Compact Disc in the late 1980s, the American LP version (which was imported into the UK, peaked on the British album charts at #31 as an American import, and was issued by Parlophone Records in Britain in 1976) was included with the British album line-up instead of the British EP, with true stereo recordings replacing the earlier processed ones (except for the portion of "I Am the Walrus"). (The true-stereo version of the Magical Mystery Tour LP was first issued in Germany in 1971, but the 1976 Parlophone issue used the Capitol masters with the fake stereo.) Capitol quietly reissued the Magical Mystery Tour LP using the German masters in the US with catalogue number C1-48061 in true stereo. The remaining Beatles non-LP single sides were compiled in the two-volume Past Masters compilation.
George Harrison – guitar, vocals, harmonica on "The Fool on the Hill" John Lennon – guitar, vocals, harmonica on "The Fool on the Hill" Paul McCartney – bass guitar, piano, vocals, recorder on "The Fool on the Hill" Ringo Starr – drums, vocals ;Additional musicians "Magical Mystery Tour" – Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall on percussion, David Mason, Elgar Howarth, Roy Copestake and John Wilbraham on trumpets "The Fool on the Hill" – Christoper Taylor, Richard Taylor and Jack Ellory on flute "I Am the Walrus" – Sidney Sax, Jack Rothstein, Ralph Elman, Andrew McGee, Jack Greene, Louis Stevens, John Jezzard and Jack Richards on violins, Lionel Ross, Eldon Fox, Brian Martin and Terry Weil on cellos and Neil Sanders, Tony Tunstall and Morris Miller on horns, Peggie Allen, Wendy Horan, Pat Whitmore, Jill Utting, June Day, Sylvia King, Irene King, G. Mallen, Fred Lucas, Mike Redway, John O'Neill, F. Dachtler, Allan Grant, D. Griffiths, J. Smith and J. Fraser on backing vocals Hello Goodbye" – Ken Essex, Leo Birnbaum on violas. "Strawberry Fields Forever" – Mal Evans on percussion, Tony Fisher, Greg Bowen, Derek Watkins and Stanley Roderick on trumpets and John Hall, Derek Simpson, Norman Jones on cellos. "Penny Lane" – Ray Swinfield, P. Goody, Manny Winters and Dennis Walton on flutes, Leon Calvert, Freddy Clayton, Bert Courtley and Duncan Campbell on trumpets, Dick Morgan and Mike Winfield on English horns, Frank Clarke on double bass and David Mason on piccolo trumpet "Baby You're a Rich Man" – Eddie Kramer on vibraphone "All You Need Is Love" – George Martin on piano, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd Harrison, Jane Asher, Mike McCartney, Maureen Starkey, Graham Nash and wife, Gary Leeds and Hunter Davies on backing vocals, Sidney Sax, Patrick Halling, Eric Bowie and Jack Holmes on violins, Rex Morris and Don Honeywill on sax, David Mason and Stanley Woods on trumpets, Evan Watkins and Henry Spain on horns, Jack Emblow on accordion and Brian Martin on cello
shmellypoo on 11th May 13:
Miss_McCartney on 5th Jan 13:
“MMT I appreciate everything you did for me ...”
JohnLego on 4th Dec 12:
“Ranking Magical Mystery Tour
Fool on the Hill
I am the Walrus
Baby youre a Rich Man
Your Mother Should Know
Magiacal Mystery Tour
All you Need is Love
Strawberry Fields Forever
Blue Jay Way
LennMcHarriStarr on 9th Nov 12:
“I have this on VINYL listen to hello goodbye so much it skips.... well no my little brother jumps around while I listen to it so it skips.... :(”
Fan Beatle 19 on 15th Sep 12:
“es un buen album y sobre todo las canciones de:
hello goodbye, strawberry fields forever, penny lane y all you need is love”
Napoleon on 20th Aug 12:
“Love this album and can't wait for the movie to be digitally remastered and released with a Blu-ray edition! The "Yellow Submarine" restoration was great! Hopefully they interview Paul as an extra feature... Please do a good job of this Apple!!”
Sgtpepper66 on 12th Aug 12:
“This is one of my favorite album but the movie was werid”
hahahohohuhu on 4th Aug 12:
“Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, Hello Goodbye... I love all of these songs!!!”
walrus3000 on 26th May 12:
“Best album ever :)”
jaredandjohn199 on 1st May 12:
“love this album its my favorite”
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