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Magical Mystery Tour (Jpn) [Import]

The Beatles Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI Japan
  • ASIN: B00005GL0W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Underrated 26 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe people take the mick out of this because of the movie, its one of my favourite Beatle Records, and it should be because of the classic songs on the album like.

I'am the Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever,Penny Lane and All You Need Is love.

Other great songs include. Fool on the Hill, Baby you're a Rich Man and The Magical Mystery Tour. The rest are just o.k, but the double a-side of Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever is often cited as the greatest double a-side of all time, and the greatest single of all time, which is some compliment, this is one of the finest records ever, and shoudln't be taken for granted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roll up for a mystery tour! 25 Nov 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is a review for the 2012 vinyl edition. Please ignore the Amazon UK's bunching up of reviews.
First off, one benefit of this pressing is everything is in true stereo being rather than the awful duophonic fake stereo of the analogue US and UK versions on the songs Penny Lane, Baby, You're A Rich Man and All You Need Is Love that my very first copy had. Because this lp was in truth a American creation added later in the day to the World-wide catalogue, they have used a old style colourband Capitol logo for it. So cool!
The booklet is tucked in the left jacket pouch rather than stapled in the gate-fold ready to fall off and is printed in thicker paper.
Secondly Sean Magee cut this and he did an extremely good job of getting deep bass on it, the treble is very smooth, and the presence on the vocals almost fooled me into thinking this was analogue sourced, lacking the harshness you sometimes detect on cd. He left a good amount of space from the end of the final track to the edge by the label to minimize any end of side playback problems. I went from having the 1976 UK version with the last three tracks in fake stereo originally to the 1988 Capitol digitally mastered one that was a bit better.
I feel this is the best one yet I've had.It was dead quiet
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Mystery Tour 26 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Magical Mystery Tour started life as a six track EP showcasing the songs from the avant-garde film which shared the same name, the release soon morphed into a full blown eleven track album released for the US market. This album therefore is basically six songs from a film which not many people liked plus another five cuts which weren't selected for the Sergeant Pepper release from the same year. So on paper it's not looking good is it?

However The Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles, released in late 1967 on Capitol in America, is one of the finest albums by the band. It suffers undeniably as a result of the long shadow of 1967's other Beatle release but as a stand alone album it really is tremendous.

The album starts with the title track; could this song be a contender as one of the best openers to an album from the decade? I think it's up there. We then move on to the rather splendid McCartney composition, The Fool on The Hill, a song which features flutes..... enough said.

The next highlight from this album is track four, Blue Jay Way is a song written by George Harrison, and for me personally it's his finest effort up to that date. It is also one of the few Beatle songs from the period which captures some of the feel of the 1967 British underground Psychedelic scene, although it would still feel pretty out of place on Piper at The Gates

Track Six is of course I Am the Walrus, a song which now probably deserves a review of its own; needless to say it is of course John Lennon at his best. This song finishes off the songs which featured on the ill-fated film. But for those lucky folks in America, this album is just getting started.

Side two starts off with Hello Goodbye, a typical McCartney pop song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest album that never was 24 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was originally released as an EP, comprising only the first six tracks of this album version. A pity, because, had it been released as it is now, it would surely be rated alongside 'Rubber Soul', 'Revolver' and 'Sgt.Pepper' as one the Beatles' great albums. It captures the Beatles at a time when they had become bored of being the best pop group ever and the best rock group ever, and wanted to be the best psychedlic group ever too.
The title track, 'Hello Goodbye', McCartney's 'The Fool on the Hill' and Harrison's 'Blue Jay Way' are all typically excellent compositions, but even if they weren't, this album would still be an essential purchase for two reasons: 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. The two songs were released as a double A side in 1967, which is widely regarded as the greatest single ever.
McCartney's 'Penny Lane' is one of the all-time classic pop songs, a euphoric day-dream which returns the artist to his childhood locality in Liverpool.
It is Lennon's 'Strawberry Fields Forever', though, that represents the pinnacle of the album and of the pop music in general. Although my review of 'Revolver' elsewhere on this site says that 'Eleanor Rigby' is my favourite Beatles song, I have since realised my misjudgement - 'Strawberry Fields Forever' is, unquestionably, the greatest song ever written and performed.
Like 'Penny Lane', it is a nostalgic reference to a place of childhood significance for the artist but, unlike 'Penny Lane', it is introspective and almost sorrowful.
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