Magical Mystery Tour is a strange album in both its composition and its artwork. But, as we are talking about The Beatles, the strangeness is unquestionably wonderful... Released in late 1967 in England as a double EP and then in the US as a full album, Magical Mystery Tour is the soundtrack of the eponymous TV movie directed by Bernard Knowles for the BBC. Here we find much of the psychedelia of the Sgt Pepper's masterpiece, which had been released a few months earlier. The disc is not really designed as a full album, although it contains some of the greatest songs by the Fab Four, such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, All You Need Is Love, Hello Goodbye, I Am The Walrus and The Fool On The Hill. Even instrumental compositions like Flying are real gems... With Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles sign off what would be the last of their tracks bathed in instrumental experimentation and unusual recording techniques, before turning to a final period of more refined writing.
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