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10 June 2012
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Joe Johnson (Beatle Brunch, 06.10.2012) mentioned that the single "Magical Mystery Tour " reached the US Billboard Charts, somewhere in the 100's. I have never heard of "MMT" being a single except for a Capitol/Cema Juke-box 45rpm in yellow vinyl, released in 1987. What gives? No one lists "MMT" as ever being a 45, on Capitol, in the 60's.' 

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What do you overall think of Magical Mystery Tour . Do you like it or do you dislike it?

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The album is nice except for All You Need Is Love

 

The movie is cool though I think there was wasted potential

 

The song is nice I like it. It is how my dad would say an Up song

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Presumably you mean just the song considering this is in the song sub-forum. 

Never been a huge fan of it, does a job and thats about it - the "mystery trip" middle bit and the end closer with the piano or keyboards tinkling away is nice tho. I do also like the film version with John's "when a man buys a ticket. . ." spoken part, i kind of wish that was on the album. The trumpets are the most annoying for me, too sharp (for lack of a correct word). 

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Not a bad song, not a great song either. Gets a bit annoying if you hear it too much. Like the middle bit and the ending though, like mmm said.

As for the album, it's great, one of my favourites actually.

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My favourite thing about the song is Ringo's backbeats and Paul's driving bassline during the verses. And the way it goes all dreamy during the bridge, and the outro. Not a great song, perhaps, but it sure sounds nice. Or at least is full of nice sounds.

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It's my Text ringer, and the song is a classic! a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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It's Sgt. Pepper without the driving beat and cool vibe.

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I think i prefer the film mix with John's calls instead of Pauls - especially during the solo. Its still not a great song, catchy but slight. In fact you could say that about all of Paul's latter '67 material aside from 'The Fool On The Hill ' - not there is much thinking about it.

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meanmistermustard said
I think i prefer the film mix with John's calls instead of Pauls - especially during the solo. Its still not a great song, catchy but slight. In fact you could say that about all of Paul's latter '67 material aside from 'The Fool On The Hill ' - not there is much thinking about it.

I never noticed it's John on the Film.  Must check it out.

mmm, Are you saying you don't care for Paul's material after 1967?

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Bongo said

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I think i prefer the film mix with John's calls instead of Pauls - especially during the solo. Its still not a great song, catchy but slight. In fact you could say that about all of Paul's latter '67 material aside from 'The Fool On The Hill ' - not there is much thinking about it.

I never noticed it's John on the Film.  Must check it out.

mmm, Are you saying you don't care for Paul's material after 1967?

Here's the film version with John instead of Paul 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkxq8mbOvuk

Only the post-Pepper thru to end of 1967 (excluding 'The Fool On The Hill ') and its not that i dont like it (tho i can happily go years without having to hear 'Your Mother Should Know ') there is just nothing to it. Ringo and the backing vocals save 'Hello, Goodbye ' from complete boredom, the already mentioned 'Your Mother Should Know ' somehow achieves the distinction of being a short song (not even 2 1/2 minutes long) yet overstays its welcome by at least 60 seconds, 'MMT' is catchy yet dull and 'All Together Now ' is a fun kids song but spend 30 seconds looking into it and you've wasted 25.

I can't think of any others of Paul's from that period. I'd argue (and have stated before) that i dont think his 'Pepper' stuff is that great when you take them away from the album context - George and John's offerings are far superior.

'Lady Madonna ' shows that he got some oomph back.

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Bongo said

mmm, Are you saying you don't care for Paul's material after 1967?

meanmistermustard said

Only the post-Pepper thru to end of 1967 (excluding 'The Fool On The Hill ') and its not that i dont like it (tho i can happily go years without having to hear 'Your Mother Should Know ') there is just nothing to it. Ringo and the backing vocals save 'Hello, Goodbye ' from complete boredom, the already mentioned 'Your Mother Should Know ' somehow achieves the distinction of being a short song (not even 2 1/2 minutes long) yet overstays its welcome by at least 60 seconds, 'MMT' is catchy yet dull .

I can't think of any others of Paul's from that period. I'd argue (and have stated before) that i dont think his 'Pepper' stuff is that great when you take them away from the album context - George and John's offerings are far superior.

'Lady Madonna ' shows that he got some oomph back.

Ok, I see, your just referring to 1967, but you like him again 1968 and on, correct? 

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Yip tho i dont dislike him in 1967, just think the material he submitted for recording is a-hard-days-night-paul-7.

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meanmistermustard said
Yip tho i dont dislike him in 1967, just think the material he submitted for recording is a-hard-days-night-paul-7.

Funny, I absolutely love his '67 stuff like Hello Goodbye , Penny Lane and some of his work on Pepper, (which I agree is a bit overrated).  

 But I think '67 is John Lennon 's most prolific year with great songs like Strawberry Fields Forever , Baby You're A Rich Man , I Am The Walrus , A Day In The Life , Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds , Good Morning Good Morning , Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite !, etc......

Overall, I find 1967 their best year, followed by the White Album in '68 a-hard-days-night-ringo-13 apple01

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Never got the adoration lavished upon 'Penny Lane '. Its like after hanging out with the cool kid for an age people start thinking the average kid is cool too.

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"Magical Mystery Tour " like you've never heard it before on http://www.BeatlesandFriendsRadio.com
Click "Prior Shows" and scroll all the way down.

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meanmistermustard said
Never got the adoration lavished upon 'Penny Lane '. Its like after hanging out with the cool kid for an age people start thinking the average kid is cool too.  

It's just got a lovely melody, some great lyrics and genius musicianship. I admire it even more after watching that Sgt Pepper documentary this summer.

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meanmistermustard said

Ringo and the backing vocals save 'Hello, Goodbye ' from complete boredom

I always laugh at (and feel sorrow for) George during the promo film...  He has a "someone remind me what the hell I'm doing here?" kinda aura about him...  It's not just the way that he's lackadaisically airbanding it but doesn't appear too crazy 'bout donning the Sgt. Pepper suit either...  I feel that this view of 'Hello, Goodbye ' you've expressed here could also be said about the 'Magical Mystery Tour ' track as well...  Paul was late to the party as the dentist experiment was in full bloom and it shows...  I always felt that he became more of a follower than a leader here...

If you take away the overdubs of a lot of his '67 material, there's not much of a song left there really...  With 'Yesterday ', he took a great song of his and applied some colour and texture with orchestration for added effect...  It seems to me that he was often thinking ahead to the recording sessions here without giving the writing its due process, in my opinion...  'Magical Mystery Tour ', as with the film itself, was like a painting where the artist used too much colour and things got messy...  The painter kept applying colour to hide the fact that there wasn't much of a painting there to begin with...:-)

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Hello, Goodbye is one of my favorite Beatles songs.  One can parse & analyze one's favorites (or duds) till the cows come home, but at the end of the day, it's like trying to convince someone why coconut ice cream is better than strawberry ice cream (or vice versa)...

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I have a questiom about how the somg was recorded, mainly Paul's vocals. From what you guys can tell, are Paul's "The Magical Mystery Tour is...." vocals on the same track as his main chorus vocals? Doing a cover of this song, and I'm trying to make sure it sounds right. 

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