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3.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mystery Tour deluxe boxed set, 26 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Magical Mystery Tour (Box Set) [Blu-ray & DVD] [2012] (Blu-ray)
As with everything that has been re-released by Apple, the packaging is fabulous. The content of the DVD/Blu-Ray is also faultless. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the double-vinyl EP booklet replica. It is not a replica, though for anyone who has not owned/seen the original, I daresay they are very pleased with it. A few years back I obtained the Beatles in Mono CD album collection - these reproduced the original albums right down to the very last detail, including inserts, original labels and inner sleeves - everything! They are superb. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the aforementioned Magical Mystery Tour EP release. I think production-wise corners have been cut, and I just don't think this would have been allowed to happen had Neil Aspinall still been at the helm of Apple. The irritating differences from the original are as follows:
The size of the square package has been reduced by a centimetre all round.
The EP pouches on the inside of the front and back covers have been replaced by plain open ends, like a regular double album sleeve.
The Parlophone record labels are smaller, they are grey rather than black, and wording including publishers and publishing dates, cataloguing numbers and manufacturing details have been updated.
The booklet is glued rather than stapled, and most irritatingly the inner strip measuring 2 centimetres of the back page is glued down to the equivalent inside edge of the back cover.
Lastly, and unbelievably, also on the inner back cover, the original wording 'THE BEATLES in Songs and Music from a Colour Television Film called 'MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR' has the word Colour spelt the American way 'Color'. Pretty ironic considering this package was not released in the USA!
Maybe this is nit-picking, but we have come to expect flawless (if expensive!) product from Apple in their re-packaged releases and this is not, as advertised, a true replica - it is an approximation, and therefore not of the faultless high quality that Aspinall was so passionate and insistant on maintaining.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2012 15:04:31 GMT
Antoine says:
Interesting review! I was debating whether the deluxe box was worth getting but I don't think I'll go for it now, it's good to know what it's really like. I too have an original mono EP (and an 80s stereo pressing) and the reproduction doesn't sound great as you described, particularly gluing the book in, what were they thinking of? Agree the level of detail on the mono CD box was absolutely faultless, right down to the texture of the sleeves themselves, a fantastic set.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 12:08:49 GMT
Phil Simon says:
I have the original stereo pressing, so from that point of view, it is great to be able to obtain the original mono recordings on vinyl, with all their little differences in the mix. Thanks for your comments - I feel more justified in having made my original comments, which at the time of writing had left me feeling a bit geeky!
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