15 November 2018
Wow that actually wasn't as hard as I thought, but bloody hell this album is so underrated, but then again you can say that for any album that isn't Sgt. Pepper 's or Revolver lol. Since those two are like the definitive best Beatles albums with the general consensus.
Abbey Road would like a word
Abbey Road can have a word.
Why only one?
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11) Magical Mystery Tour - ok opener, I guess. I think it's better to start off with the worst material, considering this album is some of the band's best material.
10) Hello, Goodbye - this one just wears off with time, it happens to everybody. when I was a young boy I used to love it, and now that sentiment is only nostalgia and not actual enjoyment.
9) The Fool On The Hill - underrated, for what it is. very catchy, very creative. not much more.
8) All You Need Is Love - is enigmatic for me to put such a song on such a "low" placement. it's so iconic, so positive, so admirable. it just doesn't make the cut for me. it's maybe too slow, maybe a little redundant. but the message is gold, the simplicity is very much called for, and also a beautiful closer. love it, but on Magical Mystery Tour is not my favourite.
7) Your Mother Should Know - there's just something about the melody that feels fresh to this day about this song. it sound like one of Paul's brightest piano melodies. maybe a little overlooked for its simple lyrics. yet, the only refrain on the song is very creative still. "let's all get up and dance to a song - that was a hit before your mother was born - though she was born a long long time ago - Your Mother Should Know ". I think it's good, yeah, damn good.
6) Blue Jay Way - just George's twisted mind. this is a raw, beautiful Indian-influenced thriller ballad that takes my breath away just by the sheer courage to put such a song on a pop/rock album. this, to me, is what Within You Without You should have been and wasn't. the production is the problem. the editing is very rough and overproduced. I think that a very much better track is hidden behind all of this excellent ideas.
5) Penny Lane - such a Liverpool song, the counterpart to Strawberry Fields Forever from Paul. I very much love it. a classic everyone has heard even if they don't know it. the song strikes the listener with one iconic melody after another. every time the song makes a twist, my ears have orgasms. very, very good song.
4) Flying - I just love this fucking track. it's like The Beatles could make rock for alcohol, pop for cocaine, psychedelic opera for LSD, melancholic mood for heroin, and Flying feels like in between all of this madness they just light a blunt and chill for two minutes. it's freaking amazing. if it was 6 minutes long, and more developed, it'd probably be my favourite song on the album. I love instrumental jams. The Beatles invented lo-fi confirmed.
3) I Am The Walrus - everything about this track is provocative: the lyrics, the instrumental, the pacing, the chorus, everything happening John's wild little head. few times I've heard those back and forth strings after "man you've been a naughty boy - you let your face grow long" or the piece of lyric "elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna - man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe" and not think to myself "what an interesting piece of music". it's so quotable is frustrating how I can't just copy paste the lyrics and praise them for a couple of paragraphs. and one more thing. I heard John wrote this crazy lyrics hoping people would over interpret it and mock them for it. and I thought once "nobody would analyze this, this is insane" until I read a comment on YouTube about a guy analyzing the lyrics step by step as if it was a deep political commentary on sex and violence on Lennon's part. then I thought "John, you madman, you did it". since then I appreciate this track even more.
2) Baby, You're a Rich Man - talk about underrated. "how does it feel to be - one of the beautiful people". that opening line and the refrain "you keep all your money in a big brown bag - inside a zoo, what a thing to do" make for such a fun experience. also, it's one of the better recorded tracks on MMT so kudos to that. love the chorus, love the psychedelic rambling on the edit. beautiful song, to me it's one of the best anthems of the band. I enjoy it more than All You Need Is Love , On-La-Da Ob-La-Da and Carry That Weight , combined.
1) Strawberry Fields Forever - this is undisputable ladies and gentlemen. this might be it, folks. this might be the best Beatles song ever recorded. I have one or two problems with this track, but it just doesn't get better than this on Magical Mystery Tour . it's so freaking good I can't even get a hold of myself. this is a song so good I remind myself not to listen to it unless is completely necessary because I don't want to get tired of it. I listen to it like once or twice a year, because if I ever stop liking it, I don't know what I will do. I believe that the editing on this song is a mistake. take 7 should be entirely on the album by itself. the problems with Strawberry Fields Forever occur on the latter part of the song, though the trumpet arrangements are great as well. still, the first 60 seconds of this song are some of the most beautiful sounds ever recorded in rock history. it strikes me like a thunderbolt from the first lyrics. some say the word "genius" is tossed around a lot with no weight to it at all. but I am very damn serious when I say "let me take you down - 'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields - nothing is real" is an opening line that comes only, solely, from genius. Strawberry Fields Forever is the song about The Beatles: they weren't perfect, and they could write badly, but when they did a great song, it could turn out extremely beautiful. and those little moments are what we remember them for.
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