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MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR

The Beatles

 

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ProgShine
5 stars It's not easy to write anything about The Beatles. What else could you write that wasn't written before?

So, instead of trying to do something new I will just give my impressions on Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and give you some data.

This album turned out to be my favorite Beatles album. It's really hard to actually chose a favorite album from the Fab 4, but it must be this one for me! Magical Mystery Tour (1967) was released in November of that year and it's supposed to be the soundtrack of the movie with the same name. I never really watched the movie, but I don't really think I need to. Recorded in a year period (between November 66 and November 67) this album is considered by many people as a leftover from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), released in June of that same year and recorded in the same sessions. To me this album is side by side in terms of quality and innovation!

Is almost impossible to put ourselves back in 1967 and try to understand the impact of this music if you (like me) wasn't born back then. The album as we know now wasn't the official package release. The Beatles, once again ahead of their time, released the album in the UK as a double EP with gatefold sleeve and a 28 pages booklet. Capitol (their American label) didn't like this format and package everything together with the non-album singles Beatles released that year, against the band wishes.

Originally the double EP had: 'Magical Mystery Tour','Your Mother Should Know' (Side 1), 'I Am The Walrus' (Side 2), 'The Fool On The Hill', 'Flying' (Side 3) and 'Blue Jay Way' (Side 4). But on the American LP (and later CD official release) we have 'Magical Mystery Tour', 'The Fool On The Hill', 'Flying', 'Blue Jay Way', 'Your Mother Should Know' and 'I Am The Walrus' on Side 1 and the singles on the Side 2: 'Hello Goodbye', Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Penny Lane', 'Baby You're A Rich Man' and 'All You Need Is Love'.

And I think that the two worlds together is what makes the album so good, the new compositions and the great singles never released on album before. The Beatles were in their peak when it comes to imagination, everything sounds so fresh, even today! A high 5 that have to be praised in the next 10 centuries or so.

ProgShine | 5/5 |

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