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Why Wasn't MMT Released as a UK Album
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I love Magical Mystery Tour, and there are so many great songs on it, an amazing album. I started thinking about it, and instead of researching, I thought I'd start a post...

Why wasn't it released as a UK album?

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Magical Mystery Tour was conceived by the Beatles as an EP not an album and was released as such. In the UK, singles and LP's were considered separate entities and songs done on singles were normally not included on LP's.

In America, EP's were not being pressed anymore by Capitol and so when MMT was issued in the states they took the songs from the UK EP and added all the singles from 1967 and included them to make the album. 

Magical Mystery Tour was the number one selling Beatles import in the UK until it was officially released as an album in 1976 in the UK.

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Inner Light said
Magical Mystery Tour was conceived by the Beatles as an EP not an album and was released as such. In the UK, singles and LP's were considered separate entities and songs done on singles were normally not included on LP's.

I knew this, but I was confused about the UK EP. So the singles and EP were released in the UK, and these were used to make the US album... Okay, thanks!

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EPs make so much sense, especially in today's nightmare of a music business.

I really wish instead of taking 5 years to release some bloated 80-minute monstrosity, more groups and artists would release 4-6 song collections more frequently.

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I find it very funny that the 2012 UK LP reissues includes the Capital MMT album.  

Heck why didn't they also include the Hey Jude album too?, since it was also a UK import too.

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Bongo said
I find it very funny that the 2012 UK LP reissues includes the Capital MMT album.  

Heck why didn't they also include the Hey Jude album too?, since it was also a UK import too.

They've adopted it into the core catalogue, because it fits and its an LP instead of a double EP. Capitol's one creation I like! I just got the reissue earlier this week and its great, nice booklet.

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MMT was adopted into the core catalogue back in 1987 when the cd's came out and has been part of it since.

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Yes it was a good idea by Capital.

 Technically they were already doing this with the older albums by taking singles that weren't on the UK LP's and making their own albums with less songs to sell you more albums.  This time it worked, and the UK actually loved the idea, hence like mentioned above it became a big UK Import!  Can't believe it took the UK until 1976 to release their own MMT LP.

Funny thing is since Sgt. Pepper, Capital were supposed to make the exact same albums & songs that came from the Parlophone mixes, and right after that, here they went and did this, because it was a EP.  

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I'm not a good "version" person, but so that you know where I'm coming from with my main thought for this post I will state that I have the MMT cd from that black box set Joe has for his Amazon links.

I just put these two things together as I was listening to the cd (ripped onto my mp3 player) while taking a walk with my dog.

From the back-to-back songs

Baby You're A Rich Man

What did you see when you were there?
Nothing that doesn't show

and All You Need Is Love

Nothing you can see that isn't shown

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Ahhh Girl said

From the back-to-back songs

Baby You're A Rich Man

What did you see when you were there?
Nothing that doesn't show

and All You Need Is Love

Nothing you can see that isn't shown

This is a really cool observation, Ahhh Girl. I imagine that John Lennon, being such a practitioner of clever wordplay, would keep notebooks full of phrases that either he thought up, overheard, or mis-overheard. (I keep notebooks of these types of phrases.) That's very interesting that two consecutively running songs would contain basically the same phrase. I'd like to think that if John was ever asked about this, that he would laugh and say "Now, how did that get by 'quality control?' Ya know, once I use these phrases in a song, I've got to start crossing them out, because I tend to forget and then I might use them again." :D

I work as a bartender. One of the perks of the job is that I get to (somewhat surreptitiously) listen to conversations of people at the bar, many of whom have been imbibing in alcoholic beverages. I don't "listen in" because I care about other people's business, but I like it because I get to overhear colorful phrases, some of which are hilariously garbled, and they sound like abstract song lyrics. I've written down hundreds of these random "words of wisdom." For example, some guy recently lamented the fact that his "back was up against the eight-ball." I quickly scribbled that gem onto a cocktail napkin, or I'd easily forget stuff like that.

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MMT may just be a collection of songs, but what a collection. It is easily one of my favourite Beatles Albums. I prefer it to SPLHCB (too much boring granny music in the middle of that album). 

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What are you classifying as "boring Granny music" @Elmore James? I'd have thought 'When I'm Sixty-Four' was the only one on 'Pepper'. 

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Bongo said

Yes it was a good idea by Capital.

 Technically they were already doing this with the older albums by taking singles that weren't on the UK LP's and making their own albums with less songs to sell you more albums.  This time it worked, and the UK actually loved the idea, hence like mentioned above it became a big UK Import!  Can't believe it took the UK until 1976 to release their own MMT LP.

Funny thing is since Sgt. Pepper, Capital were supposed to make the exact same albums & songs that came from the Parlophone mixes, and right after that, here they went and did this, because it was a EP.  

a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Hmm good point...I guess they figured that since they weren't excluding any of the EP's songs, and gave it a similar cover, that it was all right.

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Elmore James said
MMT may just be a collection of songs, but what a collection. It is easily one of my favourite Beatles Albums. I prefer it to SPLHCB (too much boring granny music in the middle of that album). 

Not fully understanding what you mean with ''boring granny music in the middle of that album'', but MMT is one of my faves too. Easily beats Pepper for me. To me there isn't a single song that's bad on MMT.

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Linde said

Elmore James said
MMT may just be a collection of songs, but what a collection. It is easily one of my favourite Beatles Albums. I prefer it to SPLHCB (too much boring granny music in the middle of that album). 

Not fully understanding what you mean with ''boring granny music in the middle of that album'', but MMT is one of my faves too. Easily beats Pepper for me. To me there isn't a single song that's bad on MMT.

Probably with reference to Your Mother Should Know. I tend to agree that Your Mother Should Know is one of the weak points, together with the title track and All You Need Is Love, in my opinion the latter is one of their most overrated songs. That being said, I think Magical Mystery Tour is a very strong collection of songs, maybe the strongest of theirs, although it's not an album. 

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Inner Light said
Magical Mystery Tour was conceived by the Beatles as an EP not an album and was released as such. In the UK, singles and LP's were considered separate entities and songs done on singles were normally not included on LP's.

In America, EP's were not being pressed anymore by Capitol and so when MMT was issued in the states they took the songs from the UK EP and added all the singles from 1967 and included them to make the album. 

Magical Mystery Tour was the number one selling Beatles import in the UK until it was officially released as an album in 1976 in the UK.

That's the perfect answer to the original question.

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How many people on this Forum have actually seen or owned a MMT EP?  They are just so magical since very few people have actually seen one, (unless you are old and lived in the UK.)

You open it up, and inside is that nice Booklet (same as you see in the Capitol LP), but the magical part is seeing the double 7" Parlophone EP's.a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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I have two MMT ep's, three if you include a cd copy of it.a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Ha, I had that CD too, but sold off all my CD's. It's a pretty decent copy of the EP, isn't it! a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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Yip. I loved all those cd ep's. Was forever taking them out the box when young, reading the back of the sleeves, marveling at the covers. 13/14* or whatever it was little Beatles cd's in a box was a gift from heaven for me. I still have them.

 

*Amazon has it as 15!!!

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