UK EP release: Magical Mystery Tour

More than two weeks before its accompanying film received its premiere on BBC television, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour EP was released.

As The Beatles had six songs for release, it was decided that they would release a double-EP set. The package came with a gatefold sleeve and a 28-page book, including lyrics. This retailed at twice the normal price of a single.

The EP had the catalogue number Parlophone MMT 1 (mono) and SMMT 1 (stereo). It was the first Beatles EP to be issued in both mono and stereo.

Magical Mystery Tour entered the charts on 13 December, and spent 12 weeks in the top 40. Its highest chart position was number two on the singles chart, the dedicated EP chart having been abandoned at the start of December 1967. It was held off the top spot by The Beatles' own Hello, Goodbye.

The EP retailed at 19 shillings and sixpence. It had advance orders in the UK of 400,000, and by mid January 1968 had sold 600,000.

The two-disc EP was reissued in 2012 as part of the deluxe Blu-ray edition of Magical Mystery Tour.

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2 responses on “UK EP release: Magical Mystery Tour

  1. Bill

    Hi, not for inclusion on the site, just for my own curiosity) do you know if the release of Magical Mystery Tour and its subsequent No. 2 singles chart placing warranted an appearance on BBC tvs Top of the Pops show?
    Obviously with Hello Goodbye at Number one during its highest chart placing, two appearances, albeit in pre-recorded promotional video I should have thought unlikely but if they did appear during its chart run did MMT have its own single length promo film, maybe of the like that the BBC put together for Hello Goodbye in black and white as an alternative to their own colour one.
    Thanks for your time.

  2. John Montagna

    I own a UK “Magical Mystery Tour” double EP, a gift from a friend in Newcastle. In the top right corner of the back cover it says “MMT-1 MONO.” And indeed, most of the mixes are mono, except for the track “Flying,” which is in stereo! Any explanation for this?

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