The Beatles ‎– Magical Mystery Tour - 1967 Psych Rock OST - Canada Original Issue Rainbow Label - Stereo LP + 24 Page Booklet

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The Beatles ‎– Magical Mystery Tour

Capitol Records ‎– SMAL-2835, Capitol Records ‎– SMAL 2835, Capitol Records ‎– 2835
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold

First Canadian pressing with the black Capitol label with colourband. Comes with a '24-page full color picture book' stapled into the centre of the gatefold. Booklet includes film credits, photographs from the film, and a cartoon storyboard.

"Apple presents The Beatles in songs and music from a color television film called "Magical Mystery Tour."

Track A6 subtitled '("No you're not!" said Little Nicola)' in handwritten script font on the inside left cover tracklisting.

SMAL-2835 on labels.
SMAL 2835 on top right corner of back cover.
2835 bottom left corner inside gatefold and on bottom of spine.

Printed in Canada. Cover photo printed in Canada. ©1967 NEMS Enterprises Ltd.

All selections are published by Maclen Music, Inc., BMI. Made in England by The Beatles. © All lyrics copyright 1967 for the world by Northern Songs Ltd. England.

Recorded in England.



Record is VG+ VG++ has some light wear (listen to our copy)

Cover is VG+ VG++ some pages of the booklet are unstapled (see our pic)


27 Nov 1967
Rock, Stage & Screen
Soundtrack, Psychedelic Rock





A1 Magical Mystery Tour 2:48
A2 The Fool On The Hill 3:00
A3 Flying 2:16
A4 Blue Jay Way 3:50
A5 Your Mother Should Know 2:33
A6 I Am The Walrus 4:35


B1 Hello Goodbye 3:24
B2 Strawberry Fields Forever 4:05
B3 Penny Lane 2:57
B4 Baby You're A Rich Man 3:07
B5 All You Need Is Love 3:57



Companies, etc.


Published By – Maclen Music, Inc.
Copyright (c) – NEMS Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright (c) – Northern Songs Ltd.
Manufactured By – Capitol Records (Canada) Ltd.
Distributed By – Capitol Records (Canada) Ltd.
Pressed By – The Compo Company Ltd.
Record Company – EMI





Artwork [Drawings] – Bob Gibson
Liner Notes [Book Edited By] – Tony Barrow
Liner Notes [Editorial Consultants (For Apple)] – Mal Evans, Neil Aspinall
Photography By [Photographs] – John Kelly
Producer – Big George Martin
Written-By – John Lennon-Paul McCartney (tracks: A1, A2, A5 to B5)



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Matrix / Runout (A-Side label): SMAL-X-1-2835
Matrix / Runout (B-Side label): SMAL-X-2-2835
Matrix / Runout (A-Side etched runout [variant 1]): St1-2835-A25
Matrix / Runout (B-Side etched runout [variant 1]): St2-2835-B26
Matrix / Runout (A-Side etched runout [variant 2]): ST1-2835-B26
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Matrix / Runout (A-Side etched runout [variant 3]): ST1-2835-A27
Matrix / Runout (B-Side etched runout [variant 3]): ST2-2835-A27
Rights Society: BMI
Matrix / Runout (B-Side etched runout [variant 4]): ST2-2835-A25





Magical Mystery Tour is an album and double EP by the English rock band, The Beatles, first released in late 1967. The double EP was recorded at the end of an extremely creative 18-month period.

For a change, the Magical Mystery Tour versions released in the U.S. and Canada were superior to the UK version, which was more or less an EP. The U.S. version gathers some key singles from 1967 (Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane) and makes this a great LP.

The Beatles were still up to their studio tricks, using lots of orchestration, backwards cymbals, unusual instruments, etc. and each song is again unique. This LP also has some of Ringo's finest drumming.

Highlights include:
"Strawberry Fields Forever" with John Lennon singing about a place near his home in Liverpool. A great thing about Lennon penned tunes was that he always included the listener on the journey. "Let me take you down..." Trippy and introspective, with slowed down tape to deepen lower his voice, then pieced together with another faster track in a different key. Great combo of rock instruments and orchestra. Great drum dynamics, especially the ending reprise and fadeout.
"Penny Lane" is Paul's Liverpool trip, a cheerful tune with some nice lyrical twists like "four of fish and finger pies" and "a pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray." Also like the horns, especially that solo.
"All You Need is Love" is a perfect ode to the 1967 "Summer of Love."
"The Fool on the Hill" ranks among Paul's better lyrical efforts. "The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud." Nice recorders.
"I Am The Walrus" is one John Lennon's all-time best Beatle tunes, with, as another reviewer stated, nonsense lyrics that somehow make sense. This is the quintessential combo of rock meets orchestra that has been imitated ever since the Beatles perfected it. Great drum performance by Ringo.

The remaining tunes are almost equally groovy:
"Hello Goodbye" has a catchy, singalong melody, nice harmonies, cool guitars, but lyrically doesn't have much substance.

"Magical Mystery Tour" is a good intro piece, with horns, harmonies, and great drums. I always wondered what it would have been like to hear an extension of that piano jam at the end fadeout.
"Baby You're a Rich Man" Nice beat and piano line. This must be an early use of the expression "one of the beautiful people."

The rest:
"Flying" is a trippy little instrumental with a good bass and drum groove and slinky guitars that transforms into a spacey trip of sound effects.

"Blue Jay Way" is a hazy George Harrison piece about waiting for someone in L.A. I like the progressive building of tempos and drums.
"Your Mother Should Know" is another catchy, piano-driven Paul tune that was probably considered a "granny song" by John.

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Condition Used
Format LP
Label Capitol Records
Artist Beatles
Color Black