Magical Mystery Tour contains songs from the movie of the same name , and the album version which replaced the UK double-EP version as the international canonical version in also contains other singles. The cover art portrays the band in costumes, as seen in the I am the Walrus musical segment of the film. John is the walrus, Ringo is a chicken, Paul is a hippo and George is a bunny.
The project of Magical Mystery Tour and the album are considered to be the Beatles' only failure. It is often said that instead of the unscripted "happenings" on the coach, what ought to have been filmed was the disruption and chaos the project unwittingly caused, as this was often more entertaining than what was actually filmed. This wiki. This wiki All wikis. The EP was a runaway success and reached no.
In the US, the double-EP format was not considered viable so instead, Capitol Records created an album by placing the six songs from the EP on side one of an album and drawing side two from the titles that had appeared on singles in The US release made 1 in early January and stayed there for eight weeks. Its initial chart run lasted 59 weeks. Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager since passed away on 27th August, at the age of When the Beatles catalogue was first issued on Compact Disc in , Magical Mystery Tour joined the core list of titles.
If they aren't already planning so, the Beatles should start planning their next full-length film immediately. I am convinced they are extremely capable of writing and directing a major movie for release on one of the major cinema circuits.
Pepper recording sessions of as aimless and undisciplined. Ken Scott , who became their senior recording engineer during the sessions, recalled, "the Beatles had taken over things so much that I was more their right-hand man than George Martin's". Early, pre-overdub mixes of some of the film songs were prepared on 16 September,  before the Beatles performed the music sequences during a six-day shoot at RAF West Malling , a Royal Air Force base in Kent.
During this time, the band's commitment to the Maharishi's teachings remained strong. Three pieces of incidental music were recorded but omitted from the soundtrack record. In their new songs, the Beatles continued the studio experimentation that had typified Sgt.
Pepper  and the psychedelic sound they had introduced in with Revolver. According to musicologist Thomas MacFarlane, Magical Mystery Tour shows the Beatles once more "focusing on colour and texture as important compositional elements" and exploring the "aesthetic possibilities" of studio technology. Although he recognises Sgt. Pepper as the highpoint of the Beatles' application of sound "colorisation", musicologist Walter Everett says that the band introduced some effective "new touches" during this period.
He highlights the slow guitar tremolo on "Flying", the combination of female and male vocal chorus, cello glissandi and found sounds on "I Am the Walrus", and the interplay between the lead vocal and violas on "Hello, Goodbye".
The solution chosen was to issue the music in the innovative format of a double EP. According to music journalist Rob Chapman , each of the new tracks "represents a distinct facet of the group's psychedelic vision". He gives these as, in order of the EP's sequencing: celebration, nostalgia, absurdity, innocence, bliss and dislocation.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ", the song serves to welcome the audience to the event and uses a trumpet fanfare. Amused by this, Lennon set out to write a lyric that would confound analysis from scholars and music journalists. Pepper sessions but the lyrics remained incomplete until September.
It was titled "Aerial Tour Instrumental" until late in the sessions  and appears in the film over footage of clouds  and outtakes from Stanley Kubrick 's Dr. The lyrics document his wait for music publicist Derek Taylor to find his way to Blue Jay Way through the fog-ridden hills, while Harrison struggled to stay awake after the flight from London to Los Angeles. Because EPs were not popular in the US at the time, Capitol Records released the soundtrack as an LP by adding tracks from that year's non-album singles.
The Beatles were displeased about this reconfiguration, since they believed that tracks released on a single should not then appear on a new album. It turned into an album over here, but it was just [meant to be] the music from the film. As part of the unusual format, the Beatles decided to package the two EPs in a gatefold sleeve with a page booklet. Pepper , which was still receiving critical plaudits and enjoying commercial success in late When preparing the US release, Capitol enlarged the photos and illustrations to LP size inside a gatefold album sleeve.
Van Hamersveld therefore augmented the "underground graphic" cover image with a design concept that highlighted the songs. In Gould's description, the LP cover "had the garish symmetry of a movie poster" through the combination of the Beatles' animal costumes, the "rainbow" film logo, and the song titles rendered in art-deco lettering "amid a border of op-art clouds".
In Britain only, the film was then screened on Boxing Day to an audience estimated at 15 million. Pepper ,  was destabilised as individual creative agendas were increasingly pursued over Pepper , inadvertently brought an end to psychedelic pop. Reviewing the EP a month before the film's screening, Nick Logan of the NME enthused that the Beatles were "at it again, stretching pop music to its limits".
He continued: "The four musician-magicians take us by the hand and lead us happily tripping through the clouds, past Lucy in the sky with diamonds and the fool on the hill, into the sun-speckled glades along Blue Jay Way and into the world of Alice in Wonderland … This is The Beatles out there in front and the rest of us in their wake. Pepper "the effects were chiefly sound and only the album cover was visual", on Magical Mystery Tour "the visual side … has dominated the music", such that "[e]verything from fantasy, children's comics, acid psychedelic humour is included on the record and in the booklet.
Pepper in emotion and depth, and "distinguished by its description of the Beatles' acquired Hindu philosophy and its subsequent application to everyday life". Having been one of the few critics to review Sgt. Pepper unfavourably,  Richard Goldstein of The New York Times rued that the new songs furthered the gap between true rock values and studio effects, and that the band's "fascination with motif" was equally reflected in the elaborate packaging.
Goldstein concluded: "Does it sound like heresy to say that the Beatles write material which is literate, courageous, genuine, but spotty? It shouldn't. They are inspired posers, but we must keep our heads on their music, not their incarnations. Reed said that exchanging drugs for meditation as their subject matter had left the Beatles "totally divorced from reality", and he especially ridiculed "I Am the Walrus" on an LP he deemed a "platter of phony, pretentious, overcooked tripe".
Christgau still found it a valid album, "for all the singles, which are good music, after all; for the tender camp of 'Your Mother Should Know'; and especially for Harrison's hypnotic 'Blue Jay Way,' an adaptation of Oriental modes in which everything works, lyrics included".
In his review for Blender , Paul Du Noyer writes: "They lost the plot with their dopey TV film, but was still their zenith as songwriters. For once, the U. The result was simply the best set of Beatles tunes so far on a single disc.
Still, the music is mostly great. Pepper and highlighted "I Am the Walrus" as a "mad, surrealist epic Pepper should have been". He says that while the album resembles a Sgt. Pepper "Part 2", it "breathes easier and includes stronger songs" and benefits from the lack of a "forced concept". Among Beatles biographers, Jonathan Gould says the album's resequencing of the EP songs heightens the project's " Pepper redux" quality, with its opening title track recalling "Sgt.
He similarly views "The Fool on the Hill" as the " Fixing a Hole "—style "cool, contemplative ballad", just as Harrison provides "another droning epic" and McCartney offers "another archaic number" in "Your Mother Should Know", which he finds a "halfhearted attempt at satiric nostalgia".
Magical Mystery Tour was ranked at number in Paul Gambaccini 's book Critic's Choice: Top Albums ,  based on submissions from a panel of 47 critics and broadcasters. Christgau wrote in an accompanying essay: "Because it begins with the lame theme to their worst movie and the sappy 'Fool on the Hill,' few realize that this serves up three worthy obscurities forthwith — bet Beck knows the sour-and-sweet instrumental 'Flying' by heart.
When standardising the Beatles' releases for the worldwide compact disc release in , EMI issued Magical Mystery Tour as a full-length album in true stereo.
The album along with the Beatles' entire UK studio album catalogue was remastered and reissued on CD in Acknowledging the album's conception and first release, the CD incorporates the original Capitol LP label design.
The remastered stereo CD features a mini-documentary about the album. Initial copies of the album accidentally list the mini-documentary to be one made for Let It Be. The packaging includes the page booklet from the original, reduced in size in the case of the CD.
In the stereo album was reissued on vinyl, using the remasters and the US track lineup and including the page booklet. The CD album climbed to number 1 on the Billboard Catalog Albums chart, number 2 on the Billboard Soundtrack albums chart, and re-entered at number 57 on the Billboard albums chart for the week ending 27 October BPI certification awarded only for sales since From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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They half knew what they wanted and half didn't know, not until they'd tried everything. The only specific thought they seemed to have in their mind was to be different. Excerpt from the opening title track. Led by Harrison's Hammond organ, " Blue Jay Way " features an arrangement in which Western instruments capture an Indian setting,   with a cello evoking a sarod. Any resentment or hostility that the watching audience might have felt towards the Boxing Day broadcast of Magical Mystery Tour was more than amply counterbalanced by the fact that for three weeks over the Christmas and new year period the "Hello, Goodbye" single and the Magical Mystery Tour EP were numbers one and two in the UK singles chart.
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