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Magical Mystery Tour
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Like the MMT movie...a-hard-days-night-george-9

Don’t get me wrong, there are some fine moments in the movie, but it was a flop, anyway you look at it!  

But I like it. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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meanmistermustard said
Just because the Beatles artistic choice was the 'MMT' EP or the 'YS' album doesnt mean its better, it can very easily be that their artistic decision was incorrect and subsequently improved upon thru a future release. If that is a compilation album then so be it. The Beatles werent infallible and sometimes they got it wrong. 

I agree and I guess that's the point of making a compilation but I do see understand why an official album would be held in higher regard and that makes sense to me - I guess my first impression of The Beatles catalog was the 2009 box set 

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I don't think anyone agrees with me on this but between the US LP version of Magical Mystery Tour   and Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band , I see the Magical Mystery Tour  LP as the better collection of songs between the two.

Nothing wrong with that thought at all. I don't give a flying fig how it was compiled. If overall, you like the track selection better than what can be found on Pepper, you are not alone.

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True, but if Pepper was the compilation LP, it would have had Strawberry Fields Forever & Penny Lane on it, and it would have probably been the better LP. a-hard-days-night-paul-11

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As an English 43 year old, and a big Radiohead fan since 1996, I finally decided a few days ago to have a listen to The Beatles, to see if the hype/genius built-up over the years, was justified.

By accident, I stumbled across a YouTube video called 'Top 10 British Albums That Changed Music Forever' which incidentally named Sgt Pepper as number 1.

However, my expectations were still luke-warm at best, most likely because of what the media pushes out to people these days e.g. very little, and most often just the mainstream numbers.

Also, and by coincidence, I had recently started a 3 month Spotify trial so I thought: ok let's give it a go.

My first thoughts on Sgt Pepper were it was a uniquely weird, and very very important. A beautiful masterpiece!

So... i then decided to listen to their next released album, thinking it surely cannot be better... but i was wrong.

Magical Mystery Tour is the best album ever released, by any artist, in history!!
Perfectly kicked-off by track number one, which has that unmistakable Beatles sound (never replicated since), and has multi-gear rhythm, art and experimentation, rarely utilised by anyone today. It's perfect!!

The album was most likely heavily influenced by psychedelic drugs, but who cares, it's the final product that counts. A magical mixture of the strange & wonderful e.g. Fool on the Hill / Flying / Blue Jay Way , and sometimes dark sounding vocals e.g. the amazing Strawberry Fields.

Today, and for the first time, i played Abbey Road , and to be honest i got bored about halfway though, and quickly returned to MMT and Sgt Pepper for a fix of weird artistry.

Based on my comments, what other Beatles albums would stack up against MMT & Sgt Pepper ?

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@ro32xx, The Beatles didn't like to stay in the same mode year-after-year. That's why they have such a variety material on offer. Some people like only one of the sounds of the Beatles. Some like one more than others. Some of us love all the sounds of the Fab Four.

And sometimes a different sound grows on people.

Have a listen to Revolver and Rubber Soul and tell us what you think. 

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I agree, I think Rubber Soul and Revolver would be your best bets, particularly Revolver

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It should be pointed out that MMT was not a Beatles album, but rather a compilation of 1967 non-album material put together by their American record label, Capitol.

Had nothing to do with them or their artistic vision. The Beatles MMT was a double-EP.

Try the White Album , bit of something for everyone.

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Thanks very much for the replies.

I’ve listened to Revolver and Rubber Soul a few times now. Both very good, and yes i do have a preference for Revolver which i imagine will grow on me even more. It was strange to hear ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and it’s obvious influence on ‘Setting Sun - Chemical Brothers’. Some good tracks on the White Album too, cheers.

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ro32xx said
Thanks very much for the replies.

I’ve listened to Revolver and Rubber Soul a few times now. Both very good, and yes i do have a preference for Revolver which i imagine will grow on me even more. It was strange to hear ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and it’s obvious influence on ‘Setting Sun - Chemical Brothers’. Some good tracks on the White Album too, cheers.

  

'Tomorrow Never Knows '. 'Tomorrow Never Dies' is Sheryl Crow's great Bond song, would be cool if it influenced 'Setting Sun'.

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Oh yes, slip of the keys 🙂

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ro32xx said

Thanks very much for the replies.

I’ve listened to Revolver and Rubber Soul a few times now. Both very good, and yes i do have a preference for Revolver which i imagine will grow on me even more. It was strange to hear ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and it’s obvious influence on ‘Setting Sun - Chemical Brothers’. Some good tracks on the White Album too, cheers.

  

'Tomorrow Never Knows '. 'Tomorrow Never Dies' is Sheryl Crow's great Bond song, would be cool if it influenced 'Setting Sun'.

  

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A list of outtakes...

-Chi Chi's Cafe

- Shirley's Wild Accordion

- Jessie's Dream

-Flying (9:00)

-Aerial Tour instrumental

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Don’t forget Magical Mellotron Music. Absolute Craziness.

Their Having A Lovely Time isn’t a song but no doubt a memorable outtake. Both this and Magical Mellotron Music make great use of spoken word, which to my disappointment was not heavily featured on the album. 

You Know My Name was also written during these sessions, and there are new attempts at Across The Universe in these outtakes as well. 

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@sir walter raleigh said
...and there are new attempts at Across The Universe in these outtakes as well.

I've never come across any version of Across The Universe  that dates to the MMT sessions. It's possible that John's home demo is late-67 but the first studio run at it was in February 1968, long after MMT was released.

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I have a collection of MMT demos that includes a version of ATU which features reverse tapes in the background, as well as acoustic guitar, mellotron, backing vocals, and what sounds to me like a Sitar? What am I hearing? Perhaps an inaccuracy in the organization of my sessions? @Ron Nasty 

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sir walter raleigh said
I have a collection of MMT demos that includes a version of ATU which features reverse tapes in the background, as well as acoustic guitar, mellotron, backing vocals, and what sounds to me like a Sitar? What am I hearing? Perhaps an inaccuracy in the organization of my sessions? @Ron Nasty 

  

There are a few different mixes similar to the 'Hums Wild' mix that circulates, is that it?

 

Aside from that, the only true outtakes are take 2 on 'Anthology 2 ' and take 6 which was included in the deluxe 50th 'White Album ' Delux set.

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sir walter raleigh said
Don’t forget Magical Mellotron Music. Absolute Craziness.

Their Having A Lovely Time isn’t a song but no doubt a memorable outtake. Both this and Magical Mellotron Music make great use of spoken word, which to my disappointment was not heavily featured on the album. 

You Know My Name was also written during these sessions, and there are new attempts at Across The Universe in these outtakes as well. 

  

can you specify Magical Mellotron Music? 

and when exactly did they really do take 1 of you know My Name?

also, is there a true recording of the beatles doing free now?

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Thanks @meanmistermustard that’s what i’ve got. @KaosTictaw My bootleg that has the ‘Hums Wild’ mix also has two versions of what is called “Magical Mellotron Music” both a little under a minute long, one called ‘Incidental film music’ featuring some aloof mellotron playing with John speaking over it saying “As the bus leaves the town behind and leaves for the country, everything begins to change, well almost everything... and already the magic has begin to work”

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The instrumental backing track for You Know My Name (Look Up the Number) was recorded in May/June 1967 but the vocals were not recorded until 30 April 1969.

Free Now is just some random ad-libbing at the end of take 9 of Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band recorded on 1 February 1967.

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