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Magical Mystery Tour (edicion

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  • Label: POL
  • ASIN: B00AQ6EBO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (734 customer reviews)
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The remastered Beatles CDS are out (finally), after a too long wait. If you want to get a quick idea what to expect from the remasterings, the best way to do this is to compair one of the 1987 remastered songs to your copy of BEATLES ONE (the number one singles CD from 2000.) The BEATLES ONE was remastered with 24 bit technology, and sound solutions to negate the hiss. A lot of MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR came out on the BEATLES ONE CD, as well as the remastered and remixed soundtrack to YELLOW SUBMARINE. (It included all 15 songs used in some way for the cartoon film.) So, I had misgivings about buying MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR remastered, cos I already had so many of the songs remastered. Nevertheless, i'm really glad I did. The remastering job is just hands down phenominal. Most of what pops out at you, are the little bits that were too sonically blurred, or buried in the mix, to decipher. The BASS is very punchy, while the top end resonates with much greater clarity and distinction. The ride and crash symbols come across so REAL. My only real disappointment, is that with the purity of the sound we now have, all the problems with bouncing down so often to free up tracks is evident. Its no secret that MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR was recorded on four track, like Pepper. So, because almost ALL the musical instruments ended up crowded onto one track, leaving another track or two for vocals and lead guitar, then a track for the sound effects. (I think Martin wanted the sound effects seperated, like the bus that drives between the speakers on the song MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, to produce that psychedelic movement between the stereo channels.) Sadly, this gives problems in the soundscape that sound very odd to our modern, 48 track hearing.Read more ›
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John Lennon thought this was the best Beatles album...what better praise could "Magical Mystery Tour" get? John liked it because it was "so wierd", and that's my main reason for liking it too. It's quirky but solid. Despite the wonderfully odd songs such as "Blue Jay Way", the lovely "Flying" and the title track, this album also features some of the Beatle's best songs. I mean, come on - "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I Am the Walrus", "Fool on the Hill", "Penny Lane" on the same album? Wierd songs, great songs, it was an extension of Sgt Pepper, but the music here is more personal, heartfelt and meaningful. This album, "Magical Mystery Tour", is often knocked by critics, mostly because its songs are gathered from many sources, (EP's, singles) and because it came from a film which was not well liked, (though I think the film was marvelous fun!) Plus, the Beatles had just released "Sgt Pepper". Nevertheless, you've got to admit, "Sgt Pepper" was kind of a tough act to top! MMT was brilliant in its own right. Extra points for the Beatle's fabulous use of the mellotron throughout this record, truly one of the most haunting & beautiful instruments. And one final bonus point for "I Am the Walrus"...the Beatle's best song ever recorded!
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For a change, the Magical Mystery Tour version released in the U.S. was superior to the UK version, which was more or less an EP. The U.S. version gathers some key singles from 1967 (Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane) and makes this a great cd.
Not quite the strong thematic accomplishment of Sgt. Pepper's, but this collection certainly holds its own. The Beatles were still up to their studio tricks, using lots of orchestration, backwards cymbals, unusual instruments, etc. and each song is again unique. This disk also has some of Ringo's finest drumming.
5 star songs include:
"Strawberry Fields Forever" with John Lennon singing about a place near his home in Liverpool. A great thing about Lennon penned tunes was that he always included the listener on the journey. "Let me take you down..." Trippy and introspective, with slowed down tape to deepen lower his voice, then pieced together with another faster track in a different key. Great combo of rock instruments and orchestra. Great drum dynamics, especially the ending reprise and fadeout.
"Penny Lane" is Paul's Liverpool trip, a cheerful tune with some nice lyrical twists like "four of fish and finger pies" and "a pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray." Also like the horns, especially that solo.
"All You Need is Love" is a perfect ode to the 1967 "Summer of Love."
"The Fool on the Hill" ranks among Paul's better lyrical efforts. "The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud." Nice recorders.
"I Am The Walrus" is one John Lennon's all-time best Beatle tunes, with, as another reviewer stated, nonsense lyrics that somehow make sense.
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As a progressive rock fan who happens to have an interest in the genre that extends beyond listening to albums by the major players themselves, e.g. Yes, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson etc., I have started exploring those psychedelic bands that gave rise to the progressive rock style, e.g. The Beatles. Although the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album (1967) is widely recognized to have laid the groundwork for prog, not to mention providing inspiration for English psychedelic/proto-prog bands such as the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd (debut album only), and even the Nice (debut album only), it is the Beatle's Magical Mystery Tour album (1967) that is a personal favorite.

As an editorial comment, my first exposure to the Beatles took place in the late 1970s when my parents bought me the "blue album" (1967-1970) - on blue vinyl no less. In fact, many of the songs off of Magical Mystery Tour appeared on that compilation. One other thing - Magical Mystery Tour was the album that had the famous car crash sound effect and the "I buried Paul" comment - both of which led the more gullible among us to believe that Paul McCartney had in fact died in a car crash. I guess it is worth noting that John Lennon in fact said "cranberry sauce" and not "I buried Paul", although what is heard on the album sounds a great deal like "I buried Paul". In addition to Magical Mystery Tour, various "clues" perpetuating the urban myth of Paul's death are scattered across several Beatles albums.

In terms of the overall feel of the album itself, all of the pieces flow together very nicely so there is a sense of a total "program". This was one of the hallmarks of the mature prog rock style in fact - a unifying thread or concept that linked all of the pieces together.
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