Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 1967: The Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles


It was not their best album but pretty good. 

Christmas 1967 and The Beatles released Magical Mystery Tour.   It was the soundtrack of a British TV movie but it flopped in the US:

"After critical and public response to the premiere proved negative, plans to air the film on ABC Television in the U.S. were cancelled, and Magical Mystery Tour didn't appear in the U.S. until 1976, as a theatrical release on the midnight movies and college circuits, both of which were mainly underground." (Magical Mystery Tour)

Nevertheless, there were some pretty good songs, including the title song and The Fool on the hill.

The LP also included the 1967 singles, including my very favorite Hello Goodbye and its crazy B-side I am the walrus. (What was that song all about anyway).

By the way, isn't the Hello Goodbye video great? Did The Beatles invent MTV? I think so!

The other singles were Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever. These two songs are about Liverpool, their hometown in Northern England. Penny Lane is a street in Liverpool. Strawberry Fields was a Salvation Army children's home. John and Paul spent much of their childhood around these two places.

Also included was All you need is love! The Beatles performed this song on the BBC and it was shown across the world by satellite. Last, but not least, Baby you're a rich man, another one of those songs that has been lost over the years.

Overall, a decent LP. It was not as revolutionary as Sgt. Pepper's. It was not as melodic as Revolver (For no one) or Rubber Soul (I'm looking through you). But it was OK.

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