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Magical Mystery Tour [Mono LP]
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Audio CD, Enhanced, Limited Edition, September 8, 2009
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The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. THE BEATLES MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR is released in mono on 180-gram vinyl with faithfully replicated artwork, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes.
In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While THE BEATLES IN MONO CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers.
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
Manufactured for the world at Optimal Media in Germany, The Beatles' albums are presented in their original glory, both sonically and in their packaging.
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Besides those 2 songs, Magical Mystery Tour has some very over-looked songs. Like Blue Jay Way and Baby, You're a Rich Man. These 2 albums give a good representation of The Beatles at their peak of creativity. After this, their creativity slowly descended. Sure, The White Album is great but it's not the same. I never cared much for Abbey Road and Let It Be.
So all in all, you need this album. I Am The Walrus is worth the price of the entire album.
that I will buy in my lifetime!
From vinyl (early 80's) to first generation CD (early 90's)
to 2nd generation (first digitized) CD (mid 90's) to 09/09/09...
I bought each of these new limited edition (stereo) remasters,
from "Rubber Soul" to "Let It Be", which is my favorite era of The Beatles'
stellar paradigm-changing mid to late 60's musical output!
As soon as I unwrapped them, I listened to each CD intently 1x, then smoked a
phat joint along with a strong daquiri, then listened down
to them all 3x more!! (-: Brilliantly remastered!
Flawless material to start with, but this go round I felt as if "the lads"
had actually set up camp in my music room and were giving me, just me, their best work in 3-D!!
Every breathe, syllable, finger cymbal, crash & high-hat, snare, toms, guitar lick,
bass riff, string arrangement and every other part is vivid, warm, pure and timeless!
There is no need for me to buy anymore Beatles material after this!
It can't be captured any better! (-:
I like the new fold out packaging, the booklets, rare vintage photos, the original-style
Parlophone logo on the discs, and I enjoyed the little mini-docs about each
album viewable via computer, Playstation 3 or XBOX too.
I was an 18 yr old kid in 1982 when I bought my first Beatles albums on vinyl,
age 26 in 1990 when I bought their first CD versions, age 30 when I bought the first
digital remasters in 1994 at the time of the The Beatles Anthology with
"Free As A Bird", which I now own on DVD.
Now at age 45 in 2009, this is the final frontier and I'm satisfied.
SUMMATION: Great music, great band, timeless, seamless & forever without peer! (-:
To start, the title track is a fun, carnival anthem. It is looser and less serious than 'Sgt. Pepper'. Then, Paul, subjectively matches himself with the perceptive and beautiful "Fool on the Hill," with its admonitions from yet another memorable character, meant to look at the conventional world differently at the expense of alienation. However, it is John's "I am the Walrus" that pours out surreal imagery (yet borrows a few references from Lewis Carroll) that is the album's highlight. From there the original songs are interesting, but substandard. "Flying" makes an interesting instrumental with vocals added without any discernible words, but it seems more like an exercise than a good song. Much in this vein, "Your Mother Should Know," is a shadow of Paul's best vaudevillian efforts, including "When I'm Sixty Four" and "Honey Pie". The echoing vocal effects don't do anything to contribute to the song, either. Also, George contributes what may be his poorest Beatles' song, "Blue Jay Way". While it is understandable that spiritual awakening is the heart of all major religions, this song is done with unremarkable lyrics and sung with effects that make it sound like he's a deep sea diver accompanied by drowzy cello patterns.
The remarkable second half almost needs no elaboration. "Hello/Goodbye" heralds the second half with one of their catchiest songs. "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" made what many believe to be one of the best singles ever. The former is glorious and the latter is Lennon at his philosophical best. "All You Need Is Love" may seem somewhat dated, but it needs a revival (and not just in credit card commercials!) It is still a remarkable and entertaining anthem and subjectively one of the Beatles' very best songs. "Baby You're a Rich Man," the song's B-side is no throw-away, either. Clever and funny, like Lennon, it is a catchy and mesmerizing piece.
Song for song, 'Magical Mystery Tour' is still essential. It represents their most uneven effort, but retains some of their best music. Either way it always remains interesting.