Today marks the 46th anniversary of The Beatles album, “Magical Mystery Tour!”
“Magical Mystery Tour” was recorded between April 25 and November 7, 1967 at the EMI and Olympic Studios in London. Based on this list, it was The Beatles ’ 19th studio album and was the soundtrack to their TV movie of the same name aired on BBC-TV during the Christmas holidays that year.
“Magical Mystery Tour” was released on this day in 1967 in the United States as an LP containing 11 tracks. On the A-side is the film soundtrack comprising of new songs, namely, “Magical Mystery Tour,” “The Fool on the Hill,” “Flying,” “Blue Jay Way,” “Your Mother Should Know,” and “I Am the Walrus.” All these were written by the John Lennon-Paul McCartney tandem except for “Flying” (with George Harrison and Richard Starkey) and “Blue Jay Way” (Harrison). Meanwhile, the B-side included singles released within that year – “Hello, Goodbye,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane, “Baby, You’re a Rich Man,” and “All You Need is Love.” The album ended up topping the Billboard’s album chart on January 6 the following year.
December 7, 1967 saw the release of “Magical Mystery Tour” in the United Kingdom, this time as a double LP containing only the soundtrack. It was only until nine years later when the 11-track album was released in the country.
“Magical Mystery Tour” garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Album in 1968, and was said to have been liked more by the critics than the movie itself. The CD version released in 1987 contained all 11 tracks, which then became the “core catalogue” version for “Magical Mystery Tour.” Remastered versions of both the album and the movie were released in 2009 and 2012, respectively.
Some events that also happened today, November 27: Astronomer Ladislaus Weinek takes the first photograph of a meteor from the Klementium Observatory in Prague (1885), Bruce Lee was born (1940), Jimi Hendrix was born (1942), George Harrison releases “All Things Must Pass”, and the assassination of Harvey Milk (1978).
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