The Beatles
Magical Mystery Tour


4.5
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Review

by Alexd93 USER (12 Reviews)
September 1st, 2010 | 72 replies


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the more interesting releases from The Beatles

Artist: The Beatles
Album: Magical Mystery Tour (US LP Version)
Date: November 27, 1967
Genre: Rock/Pop/Psychedelic
Label: Apple Corps


Magical Mystery Tour is one of the more interesting releases in The Beatles history; In the UK it was released as a 6 song Double EP soundtrack to the television movie of the same name, while in the US it was released as a full LP that’s first half contained the 6 songs from the soundtrack and the second half was composed of 5 previously released non-album singles from 1967. The US version was later adopted as the official version of the record when The Beatles catalogue was updated for the CD format. While the movie was a critical and commercial disaster, the soundtrack was quite the opposite reaching number 1 on the charts in the US and staying there for 8 weeks, while the American version even reached number 31 in the UK despite never being officially released (they did however give it an official import release which meant British record shops could order it from the US). In the first 3 weeks after the album’s release it passed sales of 8 million dollars, the biggest initial sale of any album at the time, and eventually got nominated for a Grammy Award for best album of 1968.

The Beatles previous release,” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, was a rock masterpiece that proved to be groundbreaking, incorporating elements of other genres into their songs which ended up sounding very different from anything ever heard before (with the exception of “Revolver”). While Magical Mystery Tour isn’t as groundbreaking as Sgt. Pepper, it does maintain the experimentation and the psychedelic atmosphere best exemplified on tracks such as “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane”, “All You Need is Love”, and in some parts it becomes even crazier and more bold than its predecessor, (especially on” I Am The Walrus” which is unlike anything ever recorded before or since.)

The first part of the album (the soundtrack) proves to be reasonably strong, with its clever opener, and great standout tracks including; “The Fool on the Hill”, which became one of the more popular Beatles songs of the era, the previously mentioned “I Am the Walrus”, and the rare instrumental “Flying”, which was the first song by the band to be written by all 4 members. The second part of the album consists entirely of previously released non-album singles, some of which were left over from the Sgt. Pepper sessions. While it’s considerably stronger than the first part in that every song is great and memorable, it also produces the main flaw of the album; Unlike Sgt. Pepper, there’s no overall concept or theme that unites the songs together which makes it not only suffer in comparison but also suffer as an individual piece. On Sgt. Pepper there seemed to be a connection throughout the album, where all the songs sounded like logical conclusions to the previous song, building on momentum until the end when all came to a grand finale, Here however, the albums first six songs hold a vague connection before the final five songs disrupt any momentum the album might have had. By no means does this ruin the album but it does make it a frustrating listen where the momentum lies within the individual songs rather than in the album as a whole.

Despite lacking focus and an overall theme, Magical Mystery Tour is a superb Beatles release thanks in large part to its collection of classic singles such as, “Penny Lane”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “All You Need is Love”, “Hello Goodbye”, and other standout tracks like “The Fool on the Hill” and “I Am the Walrus”. The Beatles were still on top of the world and even though this has its flaws, it is, nevertheless, an essential Beatles release that any fan of the band or genre should own.

Highlights
• The Fool on the Hill
• I Am The Walrus
• Hello Goodbye



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


27632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

album rules



tracks 3 and 10 are the obvious weak(er) ones imo







Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think 4, 5, and 10 are the weaker tracks but i wouldnt call them bad

NeutralThunder12
September 2nd 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

its like Sgt. Pepper had a baby with down syndrome

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's an interesting way of looking at it. lol

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


27632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

i didnt used to like your mother should know but for some reason now i just really like it--pure paul



i especially love the background vocals "yooooooooour mother....knooo-owwww"



i also didnt like blue jay way, then really loved it, and now am not sure

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know what you mean, the effect isnt as immedate as some of their other stuff.

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For those who enjoyed this, check out my Sgt. Pepper review.

NeutralThunder12
September 2nd 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The Fool on the Hill is the only song on here that I truly LOVE, but Hello Goodbye and Strawberry Fields are awesome too. It really does sound in most moments like a retarded Sgt. Peppers

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010


27632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

hello goodbye is my favorite

NeutralThunder12
September 2nd 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

anyway so guys Revolver is the best Beatles album

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Its because some of the material is left over from Sgt. Peppers sessions and they still had that creative mindset when they made the movie and most of the songs here.

scissorlocked
September 2nd 2010


3538 Comments


I am the walrus is awesome

never heard the whole album by the way

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think Abbey Road is their best

NeutralThunder12
September 2nd 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Abbey Road is so overrated, because of the structure



Revolver>Rubber Soul>Sgt. Peppers>White Album>Abbey Road for me

vanderb0b
September 2nd 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this one. Unlike most, I really like Your Mother Should Know, song is great. Good review, you have my vote.

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Neutralthunder12: Well im glad to see you have your own opinion

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanx dude

NeutralThunder12
September 2nd 2010


8742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh yeah sorry- this is a great review, have a pos

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanx!

Alexd93
September 2nd 2010


365 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Come on ppl lets get more insight and opinions



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