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Magical Mystery Tour Re-Release

posted by Nell Minow

In 1967, the Beatles released a brilliant record album (as we called them in those days) and a movie, both titled “Magical Mystery Tour.”  The Magical Mystery Tour album featured classic Beatles hits “Fool on the Hill,” “Your Mother Should Know,” and “I am the Walrus.”  The movie was an unintelligible, trippy mess, with the Beatles and some actors wandering around in strange costumes.

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“Paul said, ‘Look, I’ve got this idea,’ and we said ‘Great!’ and all he had was this circle and a little dot on the top – that’s where we started,” explains Ringo. “It wasn’t the kind of thing where you could say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, what you are about to see is the product of our imaginations and believe me, at this point they are quite vivid’,” says Paul. The film follows a loose narrative and showcased six new songs: “Magical Mystery Tour,” “The Fool On The Hill,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Flying,” “Blue Jay Way,” and “Your Mother Should Know.”

Now a revised version of the film is being made available on DVD and Blu-Ray following a brief theatrical release.  Rather than being compared to the loosely filmed but tightly scripted “Help!” and “Hard Day’s Night,” it can now be viewed in the context of found-footage and music videos and is definitely worth a second chance.  And the music is still thrilling.

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