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MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

The Beatles

 

Proto-Prog

4.19 | 891 ratings

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Axel Dyberg
4 stars What an album. This is at the height of the bands studio experimentation, psychedelia if you may. The result is a great, very proto-progressive album that delivers.

Magical Mystery Tour is the starter of the album and what a starter! You hear a voice inviting you, followed by the band singing beautiful vocal melodies that go ''Roll up! Roll up for the Mystery Tour!''. The song is great, and it ends with absolute kickass piano.

Then comes The Fool On The Hill, which is an awesome ballad by Paul. Great piano, and beautiful flute. However, it sounds a little childish during the flute solo. Great song otherwise. The chorus is a 10/10.

And yes, the overlooked song... Flying. What an awesome song! It is an instrumental (One of the few Beatles instrumentals) and it opens up with awesome, choppy guitar playing over C major. Then the mellotron kicks in and plays an addictive fill. It ends with various found sounds and tape loops that Ringo and John used.

Blue Jay Way is a strange song, and the vocals almost get a little creepy. It has a great mood with the organ, strange, slurry vocals and hypnotic drums. It gets a little repetitive in the end, but overall, it's a great song. Very proto-prog.

Your Mother Should Know is obviously a Paul song. With great piano, this song is very good. A fun song nontheless, so it's a great follow-up from the strange Blue Jay Way. Now comes the reason this album IS indeed magical... and mysterious...

I Am The Walrus. Wow. It's hard to explain why it is so great. It's not outstandingly hard or complex. But it is so addictive. A great mellotron intro is what I Am The Walrus starts out with, and then comes the famous line; ''I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!''. And from there, the song is just so great. 10/10, no question about it.

Hello Goodbye is not a great song, but it's not bad. It's mediocre, but it's nothing that gets on your mind (Like most of the songs here) and it's a little boring. But every album has some songs that just don't compare with the others as good.

Strawberry Fields Forever. What... a... song. To me, the best Beatles recording ever. It's just awesome. Beatiful vocals, instrumentation and the drumming is Ringo's most characteristic drumming ever IMO. At the end of the song is a small guitar solo and then it tones down. Sad. Hey wait! There's more :D. It starts up again with technical drumming delivered by our own Ringo Starr, crazy flute patterns and eventually John sayin ''Cranberry sauce'' (Not to be confused with 'I Buried Paul') and THEN, it tones out.

Penny Lane is a fun, upbeat song in which Paul sings. It has great piano, and good drumming. Some horns are included as well, and they deliver. A very good song.

Baby You're A Rich Man is a boring song that's one of the albums two fillers (The other being Hello Goodbye). Not much to say about since I just don't listen to it. It's boring and repetitive.

All You Need Is Love is beautiful. Absolutely stunning. It begins with the French national anthem, and proceeds to be a song that closes the album, and what a way to close it down!

Overall, Baby You're A Rich Man is the reason this got 4 stars instead of 5. Other than that; what an album. Thank you for reading this review.

Axel Dyberg | 4/5 |

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