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Is Magical Mystery Tour or Sgt. Pepper's Better?
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To say “better” isn’t really fair as it’s a matter of opinion.  I think “favorite” is a better term.  Who am I to say that one album is better than another?  Having said that…

I like MMT more than Pepper.  There are some songs on Pepper that I really don’t like much: Within You Without You , When I’m 64, Lovely Rita , Good Morning.

I really like all of the songs on MMT.  There you have it.

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring one album with me, it would be Revolver. 

I just hope that I would have some means of playing it.  Ha ha!

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Magical Mystery Tour isn’t even an album so I don’t think they should be compared. It’s a movie soundtrack and collection of singles. Pepper’s is still superior, though. That album fire. 

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I thought this topic was older, guess not. MMT is better. gg pepper but you just aren’t as good

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I’m gonna go hot and say Magical Mystery Tour is the superior record. I know most of you dismiss it as not being an actual record because of it not being in the release plans of the Beatles at first or whatever but it has previously unreleased tracks in an album as well as artistic cohesion within its divided recording sessions.

To me it counts as an album just from the intro alone. I mean be honest, the first lyric on the album is “The Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away”. Come on, that opener gives the album a bigger feel of album than most albums have in general.

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UK EP tracklisting doesn’t flow very well imo

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I think MMT is better as a collection of songs, whereas Pepper is better as an album

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Sgt. Pepper hands down IMO although i’d hate to live without Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane .

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MMT is a double EP/Song collection and that’s the magic on it, even if it doesn’t count as an album is very very great and very interesting to hear (And also contains Strawberry Fields Forever & Penny Lane , that’s awesome)

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It’s interesting that Sgt Pepper really grew on me after years, even Blue Jay Way which I used to find annoying became one of my favorites. But honestly it’s not a fair comparison since Magical Mystery Tour is an EP and Sgt Peppers is a full album. But recently I would consider MMT over Pepper, but my personal preference, of course.

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I used to detest ‘BJW’ until I hooked into Ringo’s drumming and now it’s one of the highlights. I like to think he got so bored at the beginning that he decided to do whatever he wanted and went off-kilter.

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Sexy Sadie said
MMT is a double EP/Song collection and that’s the magic on it, even if it doesn’t count as an album is very very great and very interesting to hear (And also contains Strawberry Fields Forever & Penny Lane , that’s awesome)

Strawberry Fields Forever & Penny Lane aren’t on the EP a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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It’s interesting that Sgt Pepper really grew on me after years, even Blue Jay Way which I used to find annoying became one of my favorites. But honestly it’s not a fair comparison since Magical Mystery Tour is an EP and Sgt Peppers is a full album. But recently I would consider MMT over Pepper, but my personal preference, of course.

  

Blue Jay Way grew on me big time to the point I don’t know how I was ambivalent. Great atmosphere.

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I don’t know how you could be ambivalent towards BJW

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I just noticed something clever in the Capitol Magical Mystery Tour LP the other day.  It always bothered me that “Your Mother Should Know ” and “I Am The Walrus ” were switched in order to that of the film.  However, in my past listening to the album, I noticed that the non-album tracks are organized with reach single having its B side precede its A side

Strawberry Feilds Forever (B-Side)

Penny Lane (A-Side)

Baby You’re A Rich Man (B-Side)

All You Need Is Love (A-Side)

Hello, Goodbye ” seems to stand as a solo A side to open side two of the album until you realize that its B side is “I Am The Walrus ” which is the track that directly precedes it.  Therefore putting “I Am The Walrus ” as the closer to side one makes it serve the dual purpose of being grouped on the side with the film tracks, but also initiating that pattern that would run through the whole second half of the album.

 

Okay this is probably not at all what the Capitol team was thinking, but it’s a better reason for YMSK and IATW being switched than just the fact that “I Am The Walrus ” makes for a better side closer.

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William Shears Campbell said
I just noticed something clever in the Capitol Magical Mystery Tour LP the other day.  It always bothered me that “Your Mother Should Know ” and “I Am The Walrus ” were switched in order to that of the film.  However, in my past listening to the album, I noticed that the non-album tracks are organized with reach single having its B side precede its A side

Strawberry Feilds Forever (B-Side)

Penny Lane (A-Side)

Baby You’re A Rich Man (B-Side)

All You Need Is Love (A-Side)

Hello, Goodbye ” seems to stand as a solo A side to open side two of the album until you realize that its B side is “I Am The Walrus ” which is the track that directly precedes it.  Therefore putting “I Am The Walrus ” as the closer to side one makes it serve the dual purpose of being grouped on the side with the film tracks, but also initiating that pattern that would run through the whole second half of the album.

 

Okay this is probably not at all what the Capitol team was thinking, but it’s a better reason for YMSK and IATW being switched than just the fact that “I Am The Walrus ” makes for a better side closer.

  

‘Strawberry Fields’ wasn’t a b-side, it was a double a-side.

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meanmistermustard said

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I just noticed something clever in the Capitol Magical Mystery Tour LP the other day.  It always bothered me that “Your Mother Should Know ” and “I Am The Walrus ” were switched in order to that of the film.  However, in my past listening to the album, I noticed that the non-album tracks are organized with reach single having its B side precede its A side

Strawberry Feilds Forever (B-Side)

Penny Lane (A-Side)

Baby You’re A Rich Man (B-Side)

All You Need Is Love (A-Side)

Hello, Goodbye ” seems to stand as a solo A side to open side two of the album until you realize that its B side is “I Am The Walrus ” which is the track that directly precedes it.  Therefore putting “I Am The Walrus ” as the closer to side one makes it serve the dual purpose of being grouped on the side with the film tracks, but also initiating that pattern that would run through the whole second half of the album.

 

Okay this is probably not at all what the Capitol team was thinking, but it’s a better reason for YMSK and IATW being switched than just the fact that “I Am The Walrus ” makes for a better side closer.

  

‘Strawberry Fields’ wasn’t a b-side, it was a double a-side.

  

You’re right.  I always think of SFF as a b side.

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I always think of ‘I Feel Fine ‘/’She’s A Woman ‘ as their first double a-side and try to rearrange Beatles history as they only had four.

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Gotta say, I was always anti MMT LP, as I prefer the UK format. But I finally got around buying the ’76 Parlophone MMT LP and find myself playing this much more than Pepper.

Is Pepper the better album.  Maybe, but not for me.

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Magical Mystery Tour is a great listen, and maybe, perhaps, sometimes, depending on the time of day, the more consistent and coherent album for me than SPLHCB . The major issue is the low number of tracks (11) and Only A Northern Song has to be somewhere on it, I think it works perfectly after the title track and before The Fool On The Hill . Also It’s All To Much is a great addition, but poses the problem that both All You Need Is Love and It’s All Too Much are destined to be album closers.

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