Paul McCartney justifies Magical Mystery Tour

Generally perceived to be The Beatles' first artistic failure, the Magical Mystery Tour film was disliked by critics and viewers alike. In an effort to explain the group's creation, Paul McCartney gave an television interview to David Frost. Read more »

US album release: Magical Mystery Tour

In the UK The Beatles chose to issue the six songs from the Magical Mystery Tour film as a double gatefold EP with a 28-page booklet. EPs, however, were far less popular in America, and Capitol chose to turn it into a full LP, with added tracks from singles released in 1967. Read more »

Tape copying: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), Nowhere Man

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

During this brief session, which ran from 2.30-3.30pm, balance engineer Geoff Emerick made tape copies of three songs for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. Read more »

Mixing: Hello, Goodbye

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

On 10 November 1967, The Beatles had made a promotional film for the single Hello, Goodbye. Since no viola players featured in the clip, they risked contravening a Musicians' Union ban on miming, since it would make it obvious that the music was not all live. Read more »

Recording, mixing, editing: Blue Jay Way, Flying, Magical Mystery Tour

Studios One and Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Ken Scott, Geoff Emerick

This busy day saw two separate sessions booked at different studios at Abbey Road, mainly for mixing of songs from the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack. Read more »

Mixing, editing: Hello, Goodbye, I Am The Walrus, Your Mother Should Know, Magical Mystery Tour

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Stereo mixes of four Magical Mystery Tour songs were made in customarily swift fashion during this session, which lasted from 2.30-6pm. Read more »