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MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

The Beatles

 

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4.15 | 741 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars A magical mystery tour ?

My second foray into their studio albums...... and my lack of knowledge about THE BEATLES means that I have sunk my teeth into a soundtrack instead. Well, my mistake. Maybe I should had researched their discography on Wikipedia or PA before I started my reviews of their albums. Anyway, I am here now.

The artwork gives the impression that this album is exiting. The title track does not dispel that impression. A good psychodelia track with plenty of brass. Fool On The Hill is one of my favourite THE BEATLES tracks. It is minimalistic and very effective. It also have all the hallmarks of Paul McCartney. It could had been a track from one of his solo albums. I bet he wished ! Flying is a typical throw away soundtrack collage and does nothing for me. Blue Jay Way is very PINK FLOYDish and down that alley. Not my favorite. Your Mother Should Know is another Paul McCartney track and that too could had been taken straight from one of his solo albums. Not bad. I Am The Walrus is THE BEATLES going down the LSD route again. A very good track and one of the great THE BEATLES songs with plenty of tasty time shifts and change of themes. It is also a fully blown prog rock song. In fact, it is pretty often covered by prog rock bands. A great song. Hello Goodbye is a good pop song and nothing more than that. Both Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane belongs to the Top Ten of great THE BEATLES songs and a part of the DNA profile of the western popular culture. Both of them are truly great songs, driven by excellent prog rock like keys/tangent works and use of studio effects. Wonderful, wonderful tunes. Baby You're A Rich Man is best forgotten. The closing song All You Need Is Love became the signature tune of the hippie generation and nothing more than that. It is not one of my favorite tunes.

My conclusion is that this is an OK album. Some songs are brilliant. Others are best ignored.

3 stars.

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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