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MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (US VERSION)

The Beatles

 

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4.12 | 498 ratings

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Scapler
4 stars Though the movie had little magic to it, the album is a complete exception. Attempting to cash in with another success, The Beatles made a short film that, while lacking in plot, was certainly not lacking in music. The album is great, a please to listen to, and brings out the pure Beatles magic in music.

The upbeat Magical Mystery Tour starts the album off with some fun. Most people will recognize this song already, as it is a staple Beatles hit. It is upbeat and entertaining, and about Heroin, so you know it will be a typical, rocking Beatles song.

The soulful Fool On the Hill comes next, with excellent piano and flute parts rippling through the piece. The topic is a imploring one, of people everyone considers to be fools, but are in fact the wisest people in the world. It keeps the song flowing and meaningful.

Flying credits every Beatle as a writer, and gives the sensation of floating. Not nearly the best song on the album, it still manages to give the feeling of lightheartedness it seems the band was looking for. It is a prolonged jam-sounding song that doesn't really fit, but seems just fine where it is at the same time.

The odd Blue Jay Way is the more experimental song on the album, changing time signature at different parts of the song to give a strange impression.

Your Mother Should Know is the official can't-get-out-of-your-head song for me on this album. It is a slow, majestic melody that gives off sweeping, swinging vibes. It is not only catchy, but probably danceable (you would actually have to ask someone who could dance though, that's not me)

I Am the Walrus is just a masterpiece, an absolutely amazing song everyone should know. It has good orchestration and lyrical interludes, as well as typical Beatle messing around with voice and sound.

Hello Goodbye, another classic Beatles song. It has upbeat guitar, and the whole giddy-crazy section at the end, it just makes you want to move around and live life, dancing. Amazing piece.

Strawberry Fields Forever emphasizes the mellotron with a haunting tune. The song is sung beautifully, and it comes across very well.

Penny Lane has some nice piano, and yet again, provides a piece from the album that everyone, everywhere, knows.

Baby You're a Rich Man has some good harmony, but one of the less imaginative pieces of the album.

The album ends with the great All You Need is Love, containing great vocals and some very well thought out string quartet parts to round out the sound. It brings the album to a close nicely. Magical Mystery Tour lives up to the name magical. More than half the songs on this album are considered some of The Beatles great, and best known, songs. A winning album that any Beatles fan should want, and many others would enjoy immensely.

Scapler | 4/5 |

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